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Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on February 7, 2018 at the 12th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

These are their stories

Michael Barney is pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Indiana University-South Bend. He is a Cloud Engineer Intern at Trek10.   

Indiana INTERNnet: Describe your internship experience with Trek10. 

Michael BarneyMy internship with Trek10 has been, to say the least, one of the most life-changing and incredible experience I’ve had. Before Trek10, I had absolutely no clue what the “real world” was like in terms of a career in information technology. Not only do I get to learn some new and specialized technologies, but I get a real sense of how IT careers work. What makes it all so much better and is probably my favorite part about working at Trek10, is the people that work there.  

The people there are so smart and have so much to offer and are always willing to help and teach others. Trek10 has managed to cultivate an environment and a culture where no single person is the “smartest person in the room,” because everyone has their strengths, and they’re all constantly bettering themselves and learning from each other. 

IIN: What was the most challenging project you were assigned? 

MB: I worked on a command-line tool that helps those working with multiple AWS accounts manage their account credentials much easier. 

IIN: What are your future plans/career goals?

MB: As for the future, Trek10 has offered me a full-time position upon graduation, and I intend to take it to continue growing and learning. 

IIN: Has your nomination for IMPACT Awards impacted your life? 

MB: Through my IMPACT Award nomination, I was able to meet some other interns in the state and get an idea of how other types of internships work in other career fields. 

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