March 27, 2023

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

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

I’m a ultimate yr undergraduate scholar from the College of Waterloo, majoring in Laptop 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 artistic! In consequence, once I was given the chance to affix as a Software program Engineering Intern this summer season in Toronto, I used to be past thrilled to be part of the corporate mission: to carry 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 wished to work as a software program engineering intern on a workforce 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’d be able to deal with such a problem. Subsequently, I accomplished a number of pc science and software program engineering programs, machine studying and synthetic intelligence programs, developed my algorithmic problem-solving expertise by Leetcode, and gained prior internship expertise in software program engineering. I discovered this particular position by LinkedIn, and after a seamless interview course of (on-line coding problem + technical cellphone name interview with the hiring supervisor), I acquired a really thrilling cellphone name from the recruiter!

I joined as a Software program Engineering Intern on the Purchasing Content material Mining workforce (SCM) based mostly in Toronto. SCM is among the Pinterest Purchasing groups that’s leveraging machine studying together with different knowledge extraction strategies as a way 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 workforce ensures that each one the product data for that chair from the service provider web site, akin to title, value, and availability, is straight obtainable on Pinterest. This permits Pinners to simply convert a visible inspiration right into a profitable buy.

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

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

One factor that I actually appreciated about working at Pinterest this summer season 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 acquired loads of invaluable mentorship from a few of the smartest and educated engineers that I’ve labored with. This included thorough technical mentorship from my assigned mentor and different engineers that have been engaged on the identical challenge with me, high-level challenge 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 challenge, brainstorming with front-end engineers on UI design, performing end-to-end function testing, getting ready high-level software program engineering design paperwork, and main design evaluations for my work.

Outdoors of increasing my skills in software program engineering and structure, I discovered a substantial amount of different essential expertise 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 have been distant, due to Pinterest’s versatile work coverage referred to as PinFlex, I nonetheless had the chance to fulfill up with my workforce 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
Workforce Pleased Hour

There have been additionally loads of enjoyable occasions and alternatives to fulfill fellow interns and different Pinterest staff. A few of my favorites have 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 season as a Pintern. I’m very grateful for all of the those that I’ve met and discovered from, and I sit up for persevering with to develop my expertise sooner or later (hopefully with extra alternatives like this!).

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I’d wish 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 invaluable recommendation that has helped me develop as a software program engineer
  • My workforce supervisor Patrick Halina for giving me the chance to intern on his workforce and offering loads of high-level challenge and profession steerage
  • My challenge’s UI/UX engineer Cesar Fredy Gil Mejia for extensively collaborating with me to construct out my challenge options
  • The entire SCM workforce for being a pleasure to work with
  • My new grad buddies Boris Lin and Jennifer Kong for all their invaluable profession mentorship
  • My recruiter Shannel Evans for a seamless recruitment course of
  • Olivia Berkowitz, Sabrina Ham and remainder of the College Recruiting Workforce 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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