Internship Field: Computer Science/Media
Majors: Computer Science, Economics
Host: Continental Automotive GmbH, formerly Siemens VDO Automotive AG
Duration: 3 months in summer 2003
Description: R&D, multimedia for car navigation.
I designed and programmed a test tool used to test the correct functionalities of the Gateway component in the navigation system that Siemens was building for a car company. I worked most alone, with regular meetings with the future users
of the test tool. I programmed in C++, and was expected to be able to debug/ improve previously written code, as well as to expand upon the existing program to make it work for the current iteration of the navigation system. Through the internship, I had to learn to work with XML programming, as well as the industry test application CANoe from Vector.
Comments: I was able to use my programming knowledge and apply it to a real world problem, which was fairly rewarding. Through my project, I have had a chance to review the things that I have learned, while gaining more experience in programming low-level applications. I believe that I have also better prepared myself for the Computer Science classes that I will take in the following quarter. Also, the experience has given me a first hand perspective on working in a large engineering corporation operating within a highly competitive market. It was rewarding to know that I am an integral (though small) part of the Quality Assurance step in the end-product.