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I'm looking for a summer internship. As a High School senior (or a High School graduate when summer comes around) I'm looking for experience and not cash.
Please don't stop reading this message because of my age or lack of formal experience (or formal training for that matter). Long time JavaRanchers will know that I have a sturdy foundation in an exremely broad range of topics. Less frequent visitors can at least browse my recent posts to see if I've contributed anything stupid or intellegent recently.
Anyway, I speak Java fluently (and have more limited experience with C, C++, Perl, and various other mainstream and not-so-mainstream languages). I have experience with many popular free and open source technologies and tools (i.e. J2EE, Ant, JUnit, Eclipse). I can design, write, and refactor clean, maintainable, object-oriented or functional code.
Rather than put together a laundry list of skills, though, I think I'll just say this: There's an excellent chance that I have some knowledge about any randomly chosen area, and if not I will learn quickly and eagerly.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any interest in good quality free labor (or if you have any questions).
Thanks for your time,
David Weitzman
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[ February 04, 2003: Message edited by: David Weitzman ]
 
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Originally posted by David Weitzman:
I'm looking for a summer internship. As a High School senior (or a High School graduate when summer comes around) I'm looking for experience and not cash.
Please don't stop reading this message because of my age or lack of formal experience (or formal training for that matter). Long time JavaRanchers will know that I have a sturdy foundation in an exremely broad range of topics. Less frequent visitors can at least browse my recent posts to see if I've contributed anything stupid or intellegent recently.
Anyway, I speak Java fluently (and have more limited experience with C, C++, Perl, and various other mainstream and not-so-mainstream languages). I have experience with many popular free and open source technologies and tools (i.e. J2EE, Ant, JUnit, Eclipse). I can design, write, and refactor clean, maintainable, object-oriented or functional code.
Rather than put together a laundry list of skills, though, I think I'll just say this: There's an excellent chance that I have some knowledge about any randomly chosen area, and if not I will learn quickly and eagerly.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any interest in good quality free labor (or if you have any questions).
Thanks for your time,
David Weitzman
weitzman_d@hotmail.com
[ February 04, 2003: Message edited by: David Weitzman ]


David, have you consider enter a coding contest that pay in prizes? These firms wil be offering thsoe types of contest in summer or Fall:
Espial(through Devicetop.com Moible devices including itv/javatv)
Sun
Nokia
MOtorolla
Erickson?

and also TopCoders.com has weekly and monthly contests as well with opportunity to work on projects with others for both exp and cash..
 
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I'm a member of TopCoder (although I haven't been able to find much time to participate in the contests) which is pretty neat, but the other contests mostly seem to involve programming for certain products that I don't own. When college comes around, I'm hoping to participate in the ACM contest.
Anyway, as I said, I'm not after money -- I'm after experience. Closing myself in a dark room and writing code will not teach me how to function as a member of a team or how to implement a set of functional requirements that someone else generated. Algorithmic programming contest problems have strict and arbitrary definitions while real-world problems tend to require more creativity. Random write-a-program-that-does-something-interesting contests seem to have a low value to effort ratio.
Nonetheless, success in contests would be a nice ornament for a resume (plus programming contests are fun). When school slows down I intend to participate in Topcoder competitions more regularly.
 
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