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Red Gate is one of the best companies you could wish to work for. The office has an open-plan, community feel to it, and includes a variety of ways to procrastinate!
From the first day I was writing code that affected real customers. Sometimes the work is dull, other times more engaging. There's lots of scope to choose which activities best suite your skill set.
As an intern, you're assigned a mentor, who helps to get you started. Aside from infrastructure and administration, they help you pick things to work on and generally ensure that you contribute.
I found myself quite involved with my work, but most people take it more lightly. Red Gate doesn't count hours - you can work at a pace that suits you.
My team worked on a particular product for the duration of my internship. The work I did is now shipping with the latest version. I also managed a small team of developers for another project.
I now have a better grasp of C# and related technologies. A valuable asset has been learning, from experience, the different roles and requirements of various team members.
It's a bit noisy sometimes, but usually just right for me (not too quiet).
Just submit your CV and do a small programming exercise. Shortly after a brief interview at their offices, I received a phone call offering me the internship. Simple as that.
There's no formal training, as the technologies used by the company are quite accessible. You also gain a lot from just working with a real software development team.
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
I've been invited back for another internship. Maybe that will extend to full employment...
Among the group of interns, we organised a number of activities, both in and outside of work time. The company has a number of clubs, and there's lots to do in Cambridge.
New starters can live in a Red Gate house, which is pretty cheap for the location. I had accommodation elsewhere, due to my already living in Cambridge.
I was part of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Otherwise, I recall a lot of things going on at other times. Cambridge is also a great place for activities in general.
Internship (1-4 Months)
20th August 2013