As spring semester at Purdue was ending and college was winding down, many of my friends in the computer science program were getting ready for their summer internships. Most of them were at big name companies, and people already had their mentors and projects assigned. My desire to start a company in the future and make a strong impact during the summer led me down a different path. I decided to intern at a startup, one with less than 10 employees, where I hadn’t heard of the product before I applied for the job. The only thing I knew was that this startup, UnifyID, was working on a technology that I believed was the future and really wanted to be a part of.
The first day I got to the office, I knew that I was definitely in for a great summer. I met my mentor (the CEO), a PhD and Stanford Professor and the head Machine Learning Engineer, a dual PhD from Carnegie Mellon. Rather than having to sit through a long orientation, I was told to look through the codebase and made a contribution on the first day! This trend continued throughout the summer, as I was involved in a lot of the product architecture discussions and everything I did went into production.
Some of the interesting projects I got to work on included creating and managing a Cassandra cluster, working with OpenCV for Facial Recognition, and lots of data collection! I also implemented security protocols, registration/login flow and challenge flows. On the non-technical side, I learned a lot about day-to-day company operations, investor relations, hiring teammates, product design, the road to TechCrunch Disrupt Runner-up, and the importance of building great company culture.
The culture at UnifyID is brimming with hard-working, qualified, and interesting people. Everyone understands the startup grind, truly believes in the product, and knows that hard work is the only thing stopping UnifyID from becoming a huge success. Daily news reaffirms how terrible passwords are, and there is a really good chance that they will be replaced, the question is–who is going to build the best solution to do this? After my experience, I am very confident that the team at UnifyID is the right one to solve the problem.
Overall, my decision to work at UnifyID turned out to be an excellent one. I liked it so much that I still work part-time, during college. No where else would I have gotten to work on changing the future of authentication, to sit right next to the COO, or to work directly under a Stanford professor as an undergraduate intern. I also wouldn’t have been able to have discussions with so many highly qualified engineers about state of the art security or machine learning, and then proceed to implement them.
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