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Intern Spotlight - Michal's Internship Reflection

Intern Spotlight - Michal's Internship Reflection

Michal Bodzianowski

A Marketing/Augmented Reality Internship Update.

"My name is Michal Bodzianowski. I’m a senior at STEM Highlands Ranch, but have been taking my classes off-campus at CU Denver for the past year or so. I came across Panther while I was looking for an internship program to be part of. Mr. Shall (STEM Engineering Instructor), reached out during this time oddly enough asking various students whether they’d like to do an internship over the summer. I was definitely interested and before I knew it I had an interview scheduled with Mr. Dow (Panther Industries President). I wasn’t sure which internship position I really wanted to do, so I applied for both the marketing and the R&D internships, and I eventually got marketing. When I got started I met David, the new head of marketing and he gave me a bunch of assignments ranging from doing some social media work to writing up a report on the marketing strategies of our competitors.

Since then, I’ve moved on to other various projects. One of the projects I’ve specifically been working on, and am proud of, are these internship updates. I was in charge of interviewing the various interns and creating these types of blog posts - including this one. It’s a bit awkward since I can’t really interview myself. 

Since I had some extra time this summer, I also used my programming skills to join the Augmented Reality project alongside Ethan. We managed to develop both an iOS and Android application throughout the summer, so we also got a taste of just how challenging app development can get. It was a great learning experience for both ourselves and Panther.

I really enjoyed working on the Augmented Reality application as it really tested my skills and working with Ethan was great, I think that collaboration and cooperation with someone equally as skilled was really fun. However, that’s not to say that the Marketing side was boring either. Doing these interviews in fact was really nice as I got to learn more about the rest of my peers and their experiences over the summer. And doing some of the other content creation for our other social media platforms was definitely exciting.

The toughest challenge by far has had to be either getting the Augmented Reality app working on both iOS and Android, or writing up white papers for marketing. The former was tough in a more technical sense - the challenge was to be able to deliver for two very different platforms without doubling the amount of work in doing so. Eventually figuring out a system and working to build it, then having it actually work, was really satisfying. On the other hand, writing a white paper was a much harder creative challenge than anyone I think would expect out of a white paper. Before I could even start writing, figuring out the direction the white paper should go and have the best impact took a lot of research, brainstorming, and careful planning. And unlike the app, there’s no way for me to say that the white paper is really effective until we publish it, and even then it’s not so black and white. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

I’ve always been looking forward to using technology and computers to the maximum extent in my future work. I believe that there is still a lot of untapped potential in technology that can be used to revolutionize, or at least, revitalize many aspects of our society today. Ultimately, however, I’m not sure exactly what I want to do. But this Panther internship has definitely given me many more tools to help me achieve what I eventually would like to achieve. I have never taken a business or marketing class before, so the Marketing aspect really helped me achieve some of that valuable business sense and marketing savvy, while the Augmented Reality aspect helped solidify the programming concepts I’ve been taught at school into a working application. Overall, I’m glad I spent the time at Panther this summer. Not only has it given me something to do instead of being lazy all day, I’ll be able to come out of it a more capable person, ready to tackle the next challenge in life."

-Michal Bodzianowski

Thank you for reading my Internship blog posts this summer. You can read the rest of them here.

Intern Spotlight - Ethan's Internship Reflection

Intern Spotlight - Ethan's Internship Reflection

Ethan Montgomery

An Augmented Reality Internship Update.

"My name is Ethan Montgomery, I’m the Augmented Reality intern headed into my Junior year.

I found out about the internship opportunity when Mr. Shall (STEM Engineering Instructor) put me in contact with Mr. Dow (Panther Industries President) after he saw my experience with augmented reality. One thing lead to another, and eventually from that Mr. Dow gave me a job developing an augmented reality app for Panther. I started off really excited, and despite my experience I still didn’t know too much about augmented reality, so I definitely ended up learning a ton. A ton about working for a company as well, which was new for me.

I worked on a prototype for the first three to four weeks. Panther wanted to figure out whether or not the concept was worth pursuing further, which it luckily turned out to be. Afterwards, we kept developing the app, and eventually ran into a problem with our tracking solution. We started with the camera recognizing separate images, and from that the app knows where to display the 3D model. Since then we’ve changed it to where the camera sees the entire world around and generates a 3D plane of where the floor is and where the walls are, and from that, the 3D models can interact with everything around them. We ended up changing it because the app would only work when the images could be properly detected. This caused a lot of problems, because often the conditions would not be ideal and there would be a lot of stuttering involved, which was really distracting. By switching to detecting the floor, everything became a lot more stable.

I really enjoyed developing the app, working with everybody, and learning a ton about augmented reality and software development. Really though, just being here was awesome. The toughest challenge was really getting the augmented reality to actually work. Getting the camera to track the images – and obviously we moved away from that method – but then once again getting each and every component, the camera, the phone, etc. to understand the world around it and interact correctly with it took some time and effort. The internship has taught me a lot about software development, especially with augmented reality, and its also taught me how to carry myself in a workplace. It has definitely helped because I’ll probably be doing similar things when I’m an adult. So I guess this was kind of a dry run, or practice for that.

But just getting to work with this technology very extensively has helped me get ready for doing more stuff like this in the future. Panther’s a great company, and I loved working for them. I learned a ton, and everybody’s super friendly. I’d highly recommend anybody to apply next summer for an internship. I couldn’t really ask for a better experience."

-Ethan Montgomery

Read more about Ethan and the other Interns here.