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Waterford IT student Veronika Kapenko speaks about her experience as an Intel Scholar

My name is Veronika Karpenko, I am currently a student of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Computing specializing in Cloud and Networks at Waterford Institute of Technology. In September 2018 I will be going into 4th year after completing my 2nd NPG Software Engineering Internship at Intel Shannon.

Applied computing is an amazing course which gave me a detailed insight into both software and hardware (circuits, databases, networking, virtualization and front-end development). Having all this experience and knowledge I was lucky enough to be accepted for a summer internship at Intel Shannon in 2017.

During the 3 months on the NPG Data Plane SW Platform Team I worked on a project that utilized and developed my Python knowledge from my course modules. It was also the perfect opportunity to learn how to work in a professional team in the industry, how to communicate effectively and meet deadlines. I got to work with both hardware and software to develop a Firmware Support Package Validation Suite (FVS) for my team. This validation framework is now used to decrease the testing and development lifecycles of Intel FSP. Outside of work I also joined the badminton club. We played every week and I got to know people outside of my team.

Towards the end of my internship I learned about the Intel Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship and I applied immediately. After a few months, I was interviewed and awarded the Scholarship. It was a big honour and I couldn’t wait to come back to the same team for 8 months as part of my college placement. The semester before my placement I chose to specialize in Cloud and Networks, working with the latest technologies in the industry such as AWS, NGINX, Linux and Ansible.

Throughout my second internship my manager gave me the opportunity to work on several projects within RDT and FSP. Python, C, Linux and Gerrit are some of the hard skills I developed along with learning how to communicate, present and manage my time better. In my opinion this was the best way to learn, I was constantly challenged with the work and developed many skills I can utilize in my last year of college and in my future career.

Away from work, I used my Intel Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship in STEM Volunteering. It was such an honour to be awarded the scholarship and I felt I needed to use it to the best of my ability to encourage the younger generation of girls and boys to pursue careers and courses in STEM.

I represented Intel 2 STEM events. The first event was at a Women in Technology event in my own college Waterford, IT for International Women’s Day 2018. The second event was for Scifest at Limerick, IT. I gave a presentations about how I became a Software Engineer, talking about how I chose my course, my experience at Intel and explained the Scholarship. I felt I could really relate to the audience because I was in their shoes a couple of years ago. I did my best to encourage them to look into courses in STEM.

The Women in Technology Scholarship has given me the best opportunity to work on real industry projects, develop both soft and hard skills that I will be able to use in the final year of college and in my future career. I made connections and got to work with a lot of interesting and intelligent people, but most importantly I received 11 months of invaluable industry experience while pursuing my Honours degree.


The application window is now open for the 2018 scholarship program with submissions being accepted until October 5th. Further details, along with the online application form, can be found at


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