Who said computer geeks were not cool? As many are well aware, computer engineering is a male-dominated industry. However, Samantha Cameron—better known as “Sam”—had the opportunity to experience this world first hand. This past summer, Cameron decided to take her Computer Science major and Math minor to another level as she ventured down to tackle a computer engineering internship in College Station, Texas.
As Cameron interned with ViaSat Wireless Services, she had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as a software engineer.
“I was a member of a team of software developers,” Cameron explained. “We produced codes to support the Exede in-flight Wi-Fi for Virgin America and other well-known airlines.” While having the opportunity to contribute to important projects within her internship program, Cameron’s favorite memory was having the opportunity to travel with her team to Houston. During this trip, her team had a level nine all-access tour of Johnson Space Center. In addition to this, she was also given the opportunity to visit NASA and travel to San Diego for a team conference.
Although her internship has unfortunately come to a close, Cameron truly valued the experience she gained while interning at ViaSat.
“With the experience from my internship this summer, I have decided to pursue a career as a software engineer,” Cameron said. “I was so lucky to have had an internship doing exactly what I want to do.”
Fortunately for Sam, following the completion of her internship, ViaSat offered her a full-time position at the company after she graduates. Essentially, this has helped to contribute to a great start to her senior year. As she continues to finish up courses within her Computer Science major and Math minor, Cameron will tackle her new roles as a Computer Science tutor with the Higgins Academic Center and lab assistant for Introductory Computer Science here at Randolph-Macon.
Good luck with the rest of the year!
-Dory Jackson ’16, Senior Features Editor