I strongly recommend undergraduate students to go on a placement, as they teach you pieces of knowledge that you cannot learn from lectures

Sohyun Park
Sohyun Park
Department: Computer Science
Company: The Walt Disney Company
Sohyun is a BEng Software Engineering student who was placed at The Walt Disney Company as a Technology Analyst Intern.

What was the highlight of your Placement?

What I liked the most about my placement was my team. They have trusted me fully and treated me as one of their colleagues, not only an intern. The first project I took was about internal Christmas promotion and it has reached employees in 11 countries and their friends and family. After this project, I worked on rebuilding the whole application in different programming languages from the planning stage.

Another project that I truly enjoyed is working on an application used in Argentina. I arranged meetings to gather requirements, added new functions and conducted end-user testings. When my improvements were in production, I felt proud and thankful for my team giving me an opportunity to work directly with a colleague and go through the whole process by myself.

I have learned so much not only in skills but also in professional manners and feel much more confident than I was before placement.

How did you find your role?

Using other recruitment resources (e.g. RateMyPlacement, Gradcracker, Milkround, TargetJobs).

One piece of advice would you give to students who are considering taking a Placement?

I strongly recommend undergraduate students to go on a placement, as they teach you pieces of knowledge that you cannot learn from lectures.

What did The Walt Disney Company think?

Sohyun has had the opportunity to not only learn about new development languages and technologies but also put them into practice in real, working projects. She has grown in self-confidence and improved other skills such as communication and teamwork.

The contribution has ranged from working on key software development projects, helping our team deliver business value through developing innovative applications, sharing knowledge of findings and research with the technical team and volunteering at internal events.

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