We were really lucky to have an amazing intern work with us at Seelio over winter break. Meet Nishant Kakar. He’s a freshman at Harvard University from Novi, Michigan, studying Computer Science Engineering (CSE). We asked him to share a bit about his experience interning at Seelio as a developer and his advice for other freshmen who are just starting their portfolio. Enjoy!
1. How did you hear about Seelio?
I had 6 weeks off for my winter break and I knew I wanted to stay in Michigan and work somewhere in Ann Arbor, particularly in the tech field. I asked a couple of my CSE friends at the University of Michigan what’s the new startup on campus that everyone is talking about. A few of them mentioned Seelio and knew Moses personally. I reached out to Moses and the rest is history!
2. What was your intern experience at Seelio like?
This was my first experience in a startup culture. My only previous work experience was in a lab where everything was very structured. At Seelio, I immediately knew it was different. People don’t have their own cubicles and I enjoyed the open and collaborative working environment. The culture was a lot of fun and I feel like it definitely fit my personality. They even surprised me with cupcakes for my birthday!
3. What did you do here?
I was a developer intern and worked alongside Chris Baik because I wanted experience in the computer science field. He started me off with my own project which was to redo the conversations page and update it from the old version to the newer version of bootstrap (a framework for building awesome web pages). It was a good amount of work that I am proud of, obviously with help from Chris, Feroze, another Seelio developer, and the team.
4. Why do you like using Seelio?
The only experience I had before Seelio was LinkedIn, which is organized as an online resume. When I use Seelio it’s not just saying, “I did this and this and this” in text, but you can actually show what you did. I love being able to say, “I did this. Now look at it.” I think being able to display your work is way more powerful than just being able to say what you did in words. This kind of portfolio is ideal for college students and people who have projects and Seelio takes advantage of that.
5. What is your best advice for other freshmen who are starting their Seelio portfolio?
Before you even put any of your own works up, look at the gallery and look at particular tags that are related to fields you are interested in. Look at what they’ve done and how they structured it. It gives you an idea of what you can put on your own Seelio. Then, add important works and projects you finished throughout high school and college. As you complete more projects, keep uploading new works and show what you’ve accomplished.
6. Do you look other portfolios from the Seelio community?
Yeah, I look at other computer science portfolios. Specifically, I looked at one project on Seelio and it gave me an idea to make a social media hub web page. This is the best way to collaborate with other students, find new opportunities and get inspiration for projects in the future.
Any last thoughts?
Seelio is a great place to find new projects, and to collaborate with people who have similar interests (by denise). In the future, once I get more projects under my belt, especially in the computer science field, I will be doing a lot more different works and type of projects and I definitely want to upload them to Seelio.
Thanks again Nishant for all of your hard work! We miss you and best of luck at Harvard! To read more about Nishant’s work at Seelio and his projects at Harvard, see his Seelio.
If you are interested in sharing your Seelio story, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch!