Netsmart FUTURES- Week Nine

The past week was a busy one for our FUTURES. On Tuesday, they had their first full run-through for next week’s FUTURES strut. Their Wednesday was also jam-packed. First, they attended a Lunch & Learn with Amanda Solon, where they learned about Connections 2016 and regional exchanges. Later, a group of FUTURES participated in a dodgeball tournament with other local interns. This week, Collin, Derek and Jordan discuss their Netsmart FUTURES experience.

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FUTURES take a break from work to participate in some friendly competition at Lexmark’s intern dodgeball tournament. The event took place on Wednesday, August 3 at Lexmark in Lenexa, KS.

Collin Duddy: Cloud Systems Engineer FUTURE

From week one to now, a lot has changed for me. I walked in to Netsmart having no idea what to expect for my first internship in college, and I was pleasantly surprised. Since day one, I’ve felt like a key part within my department. Throughout the past nine weeks, I’ve had numerous opportunities to participate in the everyday life of a NOC member. I’ve had a monitoring shift where I watched our hosted clients’ servers for alerts.  I’ve been tasked with updating and editing all hosted clients’ site sheets. I’ve researched various modules within the company and presented them to my department. I’ve also screen shared with multiple internal people for troubleshooting needs on domain access. All of these things have vastly expanded my knowledge into the networking side of computer engineering.

During these past nine weeks, I’ve been extremely busy outside of Netsmart as well. When I wasn’t working here, at my other job, or looking for a house, I was taking part in all the FUTURES events that I could. In fact, yesterday a few of the interns attended Lexmark’s local intern dodgeball tournament. Although we didn’t win, and I was absolutely awful, we made it to the semifinals and had a lot of fun! All in all, these past nine weeks have been an incredible experience for me, and I wouldn’t trade the knowledge I’ve gained for anything.

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FUTURE, Collin Duddy, is hard at work on a project for the Cloud Systems team. Duddy has spent the past nine weeks working as part of the Cloud Systems team.

Derek Cox: Delivery Analyst FUTURE

It’s week nine already? The summer has FLOWN by! The best part of it all? I got a new understanding of what a technology company actually does on the daily. Netsmart has shown that you can have fun in the workplace while also making a major positive impact on the lives of others.

Being a FUTURE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career and has provided me a great step forward in the professional world. Being able to get up early every morning looking forward to what can be accomplished is something a lot of people don’t experience. I am lucky to experience that in an internship program that is geared towards the future.

The typical internship program seems to only look at the now, and gives busy work to their employees. I have found it so eye-opening that a company has taken the time to tailor the FUTURES program to not only include actual work with the client, but meaningful work for the company. I’ve never felt like what I was doing was going to be trashed at the end of the summer- and that matters. They call these things three-month-long interviews and it seems that most companies forget that an interview goes both ways. Thankfully, Netsmart has a team that understands this concept.

I will quickly note that my five weeks of training has proved very useful to the work I have been tasked with this summer. On my second day of work, I met with a client that is part of the OneTeam Cornerstones Project. I got the chance to direct the meeting over how we would be helping them do data entry and what support would be offered to them. Directly negotiating work load on a project with a real client as a FUTURE was a ton of fun. Once that was done we had to ensure everything was entered and ready for Go LIVE. I have never had to field so many e-mails and phone calls in such a short time before, but I was fully prepared to answer the questions that happened, thanks to the trainers that got us going through the first five weeks.

I am currently on site at Spofford doing Avatar support for Cornerstones Go LIVE. This will be my last week on this project and it is sort of bittersweet. I’m ready to go back to Manhattan and start fall semester, but I will definitely miss the work that has been done here. Being on-site gives you a different perspective on how our products can make a dramatic impact on healthcare. When you see kids filling up the lunch line knowing that they will have a more effective system in place to get the care they deserve, it’s a powerful motivator.

In closing, I would like to thank Netsmart for a phenomenal opportunity to make my summer meaningful. Thanks to the team I have been working with for a majority of my time. Latessa Baquet, Jacob Vos, and Lauren Allen have fielded some complete newbie questions with solid answers and have been fantastic representatives of what this company stands for. Thanks again for the awesome 2016 summer!

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Consulting FUTURES, Chante Thompson, Derek Cox and Morgan Pehlman take a break from work to play Topgolf. This was one of many events our FUTURES participated in this summer.

Jordan Harper: Software Engineer FUTURE

One of my first thoughts when coming into this internship was how easy it was going to be since I already knew Java and HTML. After setting up my environment and receiving my first project, I realized my knowledge of Java and HTML was nothing compared to what was required. In school and past work experience, I was taught to code in a certain way. After coming here I was shown different ways to apply what I knew. This is where my team really came through for me. I felt accepted into the team day one. Everyone was willing to help me with whatever questions I had.

It is now week nine and we are slowly wrapping up the FUTURES program.   This week, the Engineering FUTURES had the opportunity to play bubble soccer with their mentors and Jonny Larson.  It was a great opportunity to get away from our desks and do some physical activity.  Everyone had a great time and got to let out a little bit of aggression in a safe way.

During this internship, I was not only able to work hard and mesh with my team, but also spend time getting to know and enjoy my time here with other FUTURES.  I had the chance to make some great friends that I hang out with almost every day after work.  I believe that some of these friendships will last a lifetime.

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The Engineering FUTURES play bubble soccer during a work outing. Their mentors and Jonny Larson, Senior Director of Engineering, participated as well.

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