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Working As A Program Development Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Development Internship Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Program Development Internship

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Program Development Internship Career Paths

Program Development Internship
Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Fellow Research Associate Analyst
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager Business Developer
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Leader Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Leader Teacher Assistant Director
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Leadership Development Program Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Fellow Instructor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
President Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Leadership Development Program Finance Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Program Coordinator
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
President Instructor Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Senior Associate Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Program Development Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

56.5%

Male

38.7%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

70.4%

Asian

14.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.4%

French

14.2%

Chinese

6.5%

Mandarin

5.9%

Hindi

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

German

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Russian

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Gujarati

0.6%
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Program Development Internship Education

Schools

Michigan State University

7.9%

University of Southern California

7.9%

American University

7.3%

New York University

6.8%

Temple University

6.8%

Boston University

6.2%

George Washington University

5.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of Delaware

4.0%

University of Denver

4.0%

Duke University

4.0%

Loyola Marymount University

4.0%

Vanderbilt University

3.4%

Georgetown University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

18.4%

Marketing

7.3%

Finance

7.1%

Communication

6.9%

Social Work

6.3%

Political Science

6.1%

Computer Science

5.3%

Management

4.6%

Public Health

4.4%

Psychology

4.4%

Economics

4.0%

Human Development

4.0%

Global Studies

3.8%

Sociology

3.4%

History

2.6%

International Relations

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Public Relations

2.2%

Photography

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.1%

Masters

36.8%

Other

7.9%

Doctorate

2.3%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

0.8%

Diploma

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Program Development Internship

DataEntryFinancialCompanyWebsiteProceduresProgramDevelopmentCommunityResourcesChildSQLFacebookNewProgramProjectManagementMarketResearchCustomerServiceProgramInternFocusGroupsNgosHtmlCommunityOutreachTwitterProfessionalDevelopment

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Top Program Development Internship Skills

  1. Data Entry
  2. Financial
  3. Company Website
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed strategy to improve data entry, navigation and maintenance of reference database.
  • Presented results and recommendations that led to regular, ongoing financial performance reviews by senior management.
  • Drafted documents and composed videos for the company website.
  • Decreased risks of legal liability of business entities by identifying improper procedures and practices.
  • Gathered and analyzed cultural, educational, social and demographic data about the community to guide local program development.

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