Hello! I’m Morris, an intern in the marketing department at VIA Technologies, Inc. This summer has to be one of the best summers I’ve had despite the pandemic. A brief introduction about myself: I am a senior at UCLA majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. I decided to join VIA in Taiwan not only because they offered an in-person internship but also the position they offered was exactly what I was looking for. Even though I was hoping to improve my programming skills during the internship, I wanted to learn about the business aspect of the company. Fortunately, a position in the marketing team fulfilled my needs.
My WFH Life
We had to work remotely during the first month of the internship due to a spike in new Covid-19 cases. Even though I was hoping to obtain an in-person internship experience, I have learnt so much during my time working from home. First of all, discipline played a major role in working remotely as we had to deal with all the potential distractions at home while focusing on completing our tasks on time. Secondly, learning how to communicate with colleagues effectively was extremely important as it could be challenging to keep everyone up to date. Thus, regular meetings were necessary. Apart from that, working remotely offered time flexibility and the only commute I had to take was from my bed to my desk.
What is Like to Work In the Office
We could finally go into the office during the second month of the internship. I was so excited to meet everyone in the office especially the other interns. Working in the office was a very different experience than working from home. As VIA tends to create a rather flexible environment for students to be innovative and creative, I was able to start a facial recognition project with other interns using the new VIA VAB-950 board. Although there were a lot of obstacles when delivering the project, we were able to work with the RD team and really dived into the advanced technology that VIA has to offer. It was truly a great time working on the project with interns from different departments and learning more about the company structure which I could never achieve working from home. When the project was finally done, our level of satisfaction was off the charts.
The End of an Era at VIA
I am grateful for this internship program and felt welcome in the office, with all the colleagues and managers being extremely caring. Thank you VIA for giving me this opportunity. I have made great memories, some lifelong friends, and gain profound technical skills here.
Written by Morris Liao, Software Developer and Marketing Intern at VIA Technologies, Inc., and undergraduate Linguistics and Computer Science student at University of California, Los Angeles