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Internship Leads to Apple Job Offer

An interview with bicoastal student Eisha Kher, MSIT-MOB Class of 2010


What position have you been offered? Were you aiming for this type of position when you started at the INI, or did your career path evolve as you worked on your studies?

Eisha:  I have been offered to work with Apple iPhone Application Team as Quality Assurance Engineer. I was extended this offer on the basis of my performance while interning with the same team this summer.

When I started the Master of Science in Information Technology-Mobility program at the INI, I was aiming to work as a software developer or tester for mobile applications. While working on the course curriculum, related projects and the practicum, I realized that my interest and forte is in project/product quality management. Quality is an important objective for successful software projects and maintaining client relations that requires both technical and management capabilities. The MSIT program has helped broaden my profile and responsibilities as a software engineer.

What kind of project(s) did you focus on for your internship? What did you enjoy? What did you find challenging?

Eisha:  My main project with Apple iPhone Apps team was to automate user data integrity checks post software version upgrades and test application GUI. Apple is superlative in terms of user experience and I was immensely inspired by the passion put into developing even the smallest feature or testing the worst-case user scenario.

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It was very challenging to delve into the intricacies of complex iPhone software while balancing it with team requirements and end-user expectations. I also had an additional responsibility as a flagbearer of the first MSIT batch to uphold and exceed the INI's credibility for future students. I feel proud to have met these challenges.

Were you able to apply the skill sets and knowledge from your INI program to your internship? What courses were helpful to you?

Eisha:  I am grateful to the INI for providing a multidisciplinary curriculum, professional exposure, project management skills and networking opportunities. All the courses, along with the practicum, prepared me to think innovatively, adapt to different technologies, manage client/user expectations, and lead in this competitive software industry.

The INI gave me the exceptional experience of two diverse approaches: the disciplined and focused academic setting at the Pittsburgh campus and the 'Learn by Doing' research-oriented practice at the Silicon Valley campus.