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From Intern to Employee at Equinix: What I Learned and Why I Stayed

Stan Chernavsky, Staff Software Engineer

When I started my software engineering internship with Equinix in the summer of 2017, I was majoring in computer science at Stanford and wanted to get some real-world experience under my belt. At the end of that summer I accepted a full-time job offer as a senior associate engineer at Equinix—starting in the fall of 2018 after graduation.

My internship was the perfect opportunity for me to explore an engineering career. I was thrown into the deep end, which is a great way to learn. I worked on a real project—writing code for an operational intelligence dashboard that senior leadership at Equinix used to track the performance of several engineering and operations teams.

At the end of my internship, I was a finalist in Equinix’s annual Shark Tank-style intern competition, where I presented my project and its business value. This taught me a lot of great job skills, including understanding the value of what I worked on and being able to communicate that to a panel of judges. 

Unlike larger companies, Equinix has a small startup feel where you can make a difference. As an intern, I felt that I had the freedom to talk to anyone and learn about anything. I also appreciated my internship manager, with whom I continue to collaborate. She has always given me the flexibility to work on what I am interested in and to take my career in the direction I want it to go.

As an Equinix employee, I’ve worked on many projects with various teams—and I’ve learned a lot of skills and technologies. I’ve attended workshops, presented original research at industry conferences, contributed to a patent and even received a patent award. And as I developed my technical skills, I always had access and exposure to management and leadership. 

Equinix is the industry’s best-kept secret. The company is at the cutting edge of colocation and data center services, and 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic flows through Equinix data centers. Our culture is fast-paced yet supportive. There’s always an opportunity to grow your skills—and you’re only limited by what you choose to take on for yourself. 

The original article was published here.

Posted by Stan Chernavsky, Staff Software Engineer on Apr 29, 2021

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