April 13, 2024

Khubi Shah | (former) Software program Engineer Intern, Purchasing Content material Mining

This summer time, I had the unimaginable alternative to intern on the one and solely Pinterest from the brand new engineering hub in Toronto!

I’m a last yr undergraduate scholar from the College of Waterloo, majoring in Pc Science with an AI specialization. Rising up, Pinterest was at all times my go-to social media platform, because it impressed me with new concepts for meals, trend, design, or something inventive! In consequence, after I was given the chance to hitch as a Software program Engineering Intern this summer time in Toronto, I used to be past thrilled to be part of the corporate mission: to deliver everybody the inspiration to create a life they love by visible discovery.

Split screen between the Pinterest logo and Toronto skyline

In all honesty, this was the kind of internship that I had been working in the direction of ever since I used to be in college. I knew I needed to work as a software program engineering intern on a staff that leveraged machine studying for fascinating real-world purposes, so I did what I might to bolster not solely my resume, but in addition my private expertise so I might be able to deal with such a problem. Due to this fact, I accomplished a number of laptop science and software program engineering programs, machine studying and synthetic intelligence programs, developed my algorithmic problem-solving abilities by Leetcode, and gained prior internship expertise in software program engineering. I discovered this particular function by LinkedIn, and after a seamless interview course of (on-line coding problem + technical telephone name interview with the hiring supervisor), I obtained a really thrilling telephone name from the recruiter!

I joined as a Software program Engineering Intern on the Purchasing Content material Mining staff (SCM) primarily based in Toronto. SCM is among the Pinterest Purchasing groups that’s leveraging machine studying together with different information extraction strategies with a purpose to advance Pinterest’s buying capabilities.

Two Pinterest shopping screens — one with four different chairs and another with Hand Sewn white leather shoes

For instance, if a shopper finds a pleasant chair on Pinterest, the work of the SCM staff ensures that each one the product info for that chair from the service provider web site, reminiscent of title, value, and availability, is straight out there on Pinterest. This allows Pinners to simply convert a visible inspiration right into a profitable buy.

Pinternships are structured so that every intern is assigned a undertaking to work on all through their internship. As for me, I had the chance to collaborate with two different engineers on my staff to construct a mannequin administration system as a alternative to the decentralized and handbook course of getting used prior. Our undertaking enabled the general means of mannequin administration to grow to be rather more environment friendly, centralized, and automatic. Not solely did it assist save a considerable period of time for our staff, however in the long term, the centralized mannequin administration system undertaking will allow our staff to scale our buying information extraction work, so much more Pinterest pins may be enriched with extremely dependable buy info. After all there’s rather more that may be completed to reinforce the system, however I’m glad to say that this undertaking laid the groundwork for future improvement.

As a primarily distant intern, my weekly routine began with a digital Agile dash planning and undertaking sync assembly each Monday with my staff. As soon as we discovered what our objectives had been for the dash by way of duties, the rest of the week was spent finishing principally unbiased work, together with some collaborative work with my mentor and the opposite two staff engineers who had been straight working with me. The timing flexibility and zero-commute points of distant work had been superior! Some rituals that I adopted to make distant work extra participating had been organising digital espresso chats with different Pinterest workers and happening nature walks after I was caught on an issue.

One factor that I actually favored about working at Pinterest this summer time was how I used to be handled as a full-time worker by way of being given full possession of duties and options, whereas on the identical time, I nonetheless obtained quite a lot of precious mentorship from among the smartest and educated engineers that I’ve labored with. This included thorough technical mentorship from my assigned mentor and different engineers that had been engaged on the identical undertaking with me, high-level undertaking imaginative and prescient and profession mentorship from my supervisor, and profession mentorship from my new grad buddies. I had the chance to tackle a variety of technical duties, from proudly owning new options for my undertaking, brainstorming with front-end engineers on UI design, performing end-to-end function testing, making ready high-level software program engineering design paperwork, and main design evaluations for my work.

Exterior of increasing my talents in software program engineering and structure, I discovered an excessive amount of different necessary abilities throughout my internship. Particularly, I gained extra confidence in talking up in conferences, presenting my work to others, main my very own conferences, crafting clearly written technical dialogue, and networking with fellow Pinployees. Whereas most days had been distant, due to Pinterest’s versatile work coverage known as PinFlex, I nonetheless had the chance to satisfy up with my staff about as soon as a month within the workplace and revel in enjoyable outings with them like our comfortable hours!

Nine team members sitting at a table under a red umbrella at a restaurant for happy hour
Staff Completely satisfied Hour

There have been additionally quite a lot of enjoyable occasions and alternatives to satisfy fellow interns and different Pinterest workers. A few of my favorites had been the Pintern social hours, digital escape rooms, trivia occasions, and a digital pottery-making session!

As my 16-week internship right here at Pinterest involves an finish, I’m glad to say that I’ve grown immensely as a software program engineer by my expertise this summer time as a Pintern. I’m very grateful for all of the those that I’ve met and discovered from, and I stay up for persevering with to develop my abilities sooner or later (hopefully with extra alternatives like this!).

For those who’re fascinated by any internship alternatives at Pinterest, please apply here!

I’d prefer to thank a number of people that made the internship expertise as superior because it was. These could be:

  • My technical mentors Charles Huang and Yu Qian for all their precious recommendation that has helped me develop as a software program engineer
  • My staff supervisor Patrick Halina for giving me the chance to intern on his staff and offering quite a lot of high-level undertaking and profession steerage
  • My undertaking’s UI/UX engineer Cesar Fredy Gil Mejia for extensively collaborating with me to construct out my undertaking options
  • The entire SCM staff for being a pleasure to work with
  • My new grad buddies Boris Lin and Jennifer Kong for all their precious profession mentorship
  • My recruiter Shannel Evans for a seamless recruitment course of
  • Olivia Berkowitz, Sabrina Ham and remainder of the College Recruiting Staff for designing such a well-structured and enjoyable internship expertise
Group photo of Khubi with members of the shopping content mining team standing in front of a Pinterest sign and window
From left: Yu Qian (Software program Engineer), Patrick Halina (Engineering Supervisor), Khubi Shah (Software program Engineer Intern), Charles Huang (Software program Engineer), David Choi (Product Supervisor)

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