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A Fond Farewell to our Summer Interns!

A Fond Farewell to our Summer Interns!

Try as we might to fight it, summer is over and school is back in session. And unfortunately for us, that means our fabulous Monkeys-in-Training have headed back to their respective universities.

But before they left, we had them complete one last assignment: sharing what they learned during their time here at SurveyMonkey.

So, without further ado, here are a few members of the 2012 intern class describing their experiences in their own words:

Noelle Giebe, User Experience Intern

On my first day at SurveyMonkey, I walked into the office, smelled the coffee, met the team I’d be working for, and within the first 5 minutes, I already felt like I was a part of SurveyMonkey. As part of the UX team, I’ve learned more these past 3 months that I did two semesters at school. I spent my time well here learning a ton and working on different projects like editing photos for our international markets; helping out with our Public Data Results page; participating in the Hack-a-thon (Go Team MapIt!); and working on our developer page. So, I got a taste of a lot of different aspects on what a UX designer does. Leaving here is going to be hard because I created good memories with my coworkers and learned from the best!

Jenna Brehmer, International Marketing Intern

While technically interning under the international and marketing departments at SurveyMonkey, I have worked on many different projects ranging from social media to survey methodology. In my very first week, I was already dabbling in our coding program–YAML–by translating one of our English surveys to Spanish, writing blog posts and translating keywords from English to German. One of the highlights of the internship was filming my fellow intern, Robert, riding his unicycle for the purpose of understanding YouTube hits and viewership. Overall, this has been a great internship, and I feel lucky to have worked with some pretty incredible people.

Joe Dallago, Dev Ops Intern

I have had a blast working for the Monkey over the summer. I love the culture, and the open and fun nature of the office. My internship involved two main projects interspersed with a number of little projects. The first main project was helping create a web application called TheWall. The semi-recently acquired was migrating their servers from to our own internal servers. One of the steps in this migration was creating a tool that could quickly deploy the codebase from a github repo to the production servers, which we called TheWall. It was pretty simple, and I was mainly in charge of coming up with the proof of concept. Overall it took about a week or two to finish.

The second project was called Doula, and it took the remainder of my time at the Monkey to complete. SurveyMonkey is comprised of a number of services that are all Pyramid web applications underneath. Usually everyone uses an IRC bot, called doulabot, to both publish their particular service to CheesePrism (our local python package repository) and install their particular service to a specific test environment. Due to the limitations of an IRC bot, the need for a web interface arose. A web interface would allow teams to see exactly which packages are on each test environment, providing greater transparency into the process. Along with the web interface, we were also able to add in some extra functionality that had to previously be done by hand, such as restarting the services on the server and updating configuration files.

Interspersed with these two main projects, I was also given the opportunity to do some open source work, which I am a huge fan of. I got a package called velruse, which does openauth for Pyramid applications, up to a 0.3 release. I also created an open source project called “mockredis,” which mocks out a redis database for testing. WE used both of the packages in Doula.

Lastly, for my hackathon project, I made a foosball management app. I intend to release it to the office by the time I leave, which is only in a few days! Anyway, as much as I can’t wait to be back home in Iowa, I’ll definitely be back in the bay  area sometime soon. This internship has really showed me how much I love this area, and I can’t wait to work/live here after graduation.

Thanh-Nhan Mai Trung, Methodology Intern

I worked this summer as an intern for the methodology and international team. I helped create and translate questions for the French Questions Bank feature. I am looking forward to seeing my work in action on the SurveyMonkey website. I am very happy that as an intern I have contributed to SurveyMonkey’s international development.

Working at SurveyMonkey was just amazing! I have been working with people that trusted me, gave me significant responsibilities and were so energetic! I definitely felt like I was a part of this big group of monkeys; I even got my own banana with my own name!

Brooke Carter, Product Management Intern

The past two months at SurveyMonkey have been an amazing experience. Everyone here is energetic and passionate, and truly loves what they do! I interned with the Product Management team. During my time here, I’ve gotten to try a little bit of everything. I’ve conducted competitive analysis, chatted with customers, researched best practices, helped define an industry classification system, drafted a spec for the interface and much more. It’s exciting to know my work will impact so many of our customers and provide them with a really useful tool. Outside of work, I’ve gotten a chance to enjoy the beautiful California weather, attend a few Giants games, and explore San Francisco. It’s been a great summer and I’m sad it’s come to an end.

We’d like to give a great big THANK YOU to all our interns for their incredible work, their steadfast commitment to making sure none of the lunchtime leftovers went to waste, and just generally being awesome. We’ll miss you!

If you’re interested in learning more about internship opportunities at SurveyMonkey, e-mail

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