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Three Career-Defining Takeaways From My Time as a Yugabyte APJ Intern

Hello everyone! It’s Lakshmi, from the sunny (and rainy!) shores of Singapore. I am now wrapping up my internship, and it feels bittersweet to be penning down my thoughts on this document prior to posting it. These four months have been eventful—from the sleepless countdown to DSS Asia 2022 to interacting with a warm team that pools their strengths together.

In this post— the final installment of the series—I want to outline three lessons I have learned from my time as a Yugabyte APJ intern.

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A Yugabyte Software Engineering Intern’s Journey

Editor’s note: Yugabyte is hiring!

The Call to Adventure

My distributed SQL story begins late in 2019, back at my previous internship at a Norwegian startup called Cognite. While I was there, my team lead would always talk about how awesome distributed databases are, and also about his side project where he was building a small distributed SQL database from scratch in Rust (check it out here).

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My Time as a Yugabyte Software Engineering Intern

February – A Unique Introduction

It was late February, and I had spent the past several weeks learning everything I could about the distributed database ecosystem. As an intern on the Investment Team at 8VC, I had gotten the chance to work on technical due diligence under Partner & CTO Bhaskar Ghosh, taking a multitude of pitches every week and constantly shifting contexts. One of those companies speaking with us was Yugabyte,

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My Experience as a YugabyteDB Engineering Intern

I recently finished my winter 2019 term as a software engineering intern at YugaByte and it was a fantastic experience! I found the opportunity through their posting on the University of Waterloo internal job board and it was also the first time I had heard of YugabyteDB. I had previously completed two other internships at much larger companies and I was a little skeptical of startups. The fact that a friend’s internship at a startup had ended halfway due to the startup folding did not help allay my concerns.

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