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MEET OUR SUMMER INTERNS!

By Eugenie Ma

Here at Clarifai, we love our interns! Just as we are helping to shape their careers, their work helps us to achieve our mission of accelerating the progress of humanity with continually improving AI. So, to celebrate their dedication, we decided to highlight some of our most recent interns. Let's get to know them a little better!

Eric 

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(NYC, Backend Engineering Intern) 

I am a 3rd year backend engineering student at the National University of Singapore. I’m interning at Clarifai through a program called NUS Overseas College (NOC) which allows students to work abroad at startup companies for a year. I chose Clarifai because of the exciting things this company is doing. During my spare time, I like to try new restaurants, drink bubble tea, watch broadway shows and of course, code.       

What do you like best about your role?

I love working on different projects throughout the year. I had the opportunity to explore different projects that spanned Clarifai's whole tech stack and was given sufficient guidance. I didn’t have prior Machine Learning experience but had a chance to work on new projects. I learned a lot from the world-class engineers at Clarifai. 

How do you feel about pineapple pizza?
It’s the only way to eat pizza. 

If you could choose a different career, what would it be?
I would be a keyboard player in band, playing Chinese pop songs.

Bryan

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(NYC, Mobile Engineering Intern)

I'm from the Philadelphia area and just finished my third year at UCLA where I'm studying astrophysics and programming. In my spare time I like to play basketball, go skateboarding, or play board games with friends. I'm really excited to be spending the summer at Clarifai and exploring New York City. I am on a quest to find the best froyo in town!  

What do you like best about your role?

Fluidity - I'm constantly learning new skills and tackling new challenges. My manager is insightful as he explains the implication of the tech stack. 

What is your most memorable moment so far? 

My first pull request. No matter how small, it’s nice to contribute. 

If you could have coffee with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? 

Galileo Galilei. I can catch him up on the 400 years of science and astronomy he inspired.

If you could transform into any animal, which would you choose?

Peregrine Falcon - 240mph dive bombs sound like a good time.

Scott

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(DC, Research Scientist Intern)

I'm a DC native, Virginia Tech alum and current Georgia Tech graduate student studying computer science and machine learning. I'm very passionate about the applications of deep learning with respect to computer vision. I plan to complete my Master’s research project under Dr. James Tsai on the topic of enabling smart cities via deep learning techniques like object detection and object segmentation. When I'm rarely not writing code, I like to listen to podcasts, play video games, and travel.

What do you like best about your role?

Being surrounded by extremely smart and kind people.

What is the most memorable moment you’ve had so far?

Joining the DC research team to watch JT, a senior research scientist, defend and pass his PhD dissertation defense. As someone who plans on getting a PhD, it was pretty cool learning about all of the research he’s done over the last 4-5 years. It was also awesome to see how supportive the research team was of JT’s accomplishment, taking the time out of their days to drive to Maryland (or in Michael Gormish’s case, flying across the country) and watch him defend.

Any words or advice for the next set of summer interns?
You get out what you put in, 3 months isn't a long time, so get up and running as fast as possible. It’s a supportive environment, so make sure you talk to as many people as possible.

How do you feel about pineapple pizza?
Disturbed

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