Welcome, 2018 Interns

June 19, 2018

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This week ICEBRG is pleased to welcome a talented group of interns to our Security Research Team (SRT) and Customer Success department. Over the next 14 weeks, our interns will get a look inside the world of network security and ICEBRG’s culture.

To welcome our new interns, we’ve asked our previous interns, turned employees, for insights from their internships and their advice for a successful internship. We found that many of their insights applied to internships outside of ICEBRG.

What is an example of something you did that contributed to your success as an intern?

As an intern I found it useful to find practical and real-world examples when I needed to learn. Wikipedia and documentation were great places for reference but when I didn’t understand something I found it really helpful to examine examples of that thing being used in real-world scenarios.
     — Hunter Dube

Asking questions. There were several experienced members on the team who I was able to talk to and hear “war stories” from that really helped give me the knowledge to excel.
     — Spencer Walden

Describe the most rewarding part of being an intern?

One of the most rewarding aspects of being at ICEBRG is hearing how our work is helping to improve the jobs of our customers. My favorite example of this is how we got feedback about our Chrome Extension along the lines of “Your extension sped up one of my tasks from several hours to 20 seconds”.
     — Alex Sirr

Making useful advances in the capabilities/experience of ICEBRG’s product while still having fun doing so with projects that were primarily self-guided (such as creating a Volcano theme in our Google Chrome extension).
     — Spencer

I felt very green in operations, but I wanted to know how the underlying infrastructure is managed and set up. Being surrounded by professionals that understand and care about their job has taught me more than school ever could, and if I hadn’t stayed at ICEBRG, I could apply it to a number of server-side projects.
     — Mitchell Amundsen

If you could provide one piece of advice to the new interns, what would it be?

Although it might be difficult to accept at first, a critical component to any internship is learning that it is ok to be wrong or make a mistake. I’ve made many mistakes and each one is a lesson for the future. The sooner you learn this, the better! In addition, learning how to effectively teach yourself about a topic or skill will only help to make you more successful.
     — Alex

Ask a lot of questions. I think the pressure can sometimes get to you and you may feel like you’re expected to just understand anything that’s thrown your way but that’s simply not realistic. It’s a much better idea to take the internship as a learning activity and get as much as you can out of the resources that are offered.
     — Hunter

There are a lot of sub-fields within security. Try to discover where your passions lie (and do not lie) within this field so that you can take advantage of the resources available to you. There are lot of experienced people that you’ll meet throughout your internship that can help guide you in whichever direction you’d like to go with your career.
     — Spencer

Welcome Kayla, Quintin, and Fred. We look forward to getting to know each of you and seeing the positive impact you have on ICEBRG and the rest of the security community!

ICEBRG is a network security analytics company that offers a SaaS capability that enables customers to gain and utilize widespread network visibility for security operations. To learn more about ICEBRG, contact us at [email protected].