Intern Spotlight: Tee Ming Chew
What university do you go to and what is your major?
I am a sophomore at the National University of Singapore majoring in Computer Science. My interest in programming started when I first saw my older sister coding a program for a school project. After that, I started to teach myself how to make websites and eventually took up programming courses in school.
I am currently participating the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) program where I get to do an internship in a Silicon Valley based start-up and take courses at Stanford focused on entrepreneurship.
What made you choose Pixlee?
NOC provides us the opportunity to work with awesome companies in Silicon Valley. Pixlee was my first choice because of its interesting business model and the technology stacks in use. After my first interview with Pixlee, I immediately knew that I could learn a lot from the company. The team really makes the experience as as everyone is energetic and fun to work with.
What has been the best part of your internship so far?
The best part of my internship is having trust that the company gave me to switch between different projects and learn something new every day. I like that I am not being treated as an intern and being dictated traditional intern tasks.
What are you most proud of since joining?
Completing some of my projects independently gave me the confidence to work even harder. Also, seeing my work being pushed to the production and being used by our customers all around the world is incredibly fulfilling!
Were you surprised by anything?
Before coming to SF, I watched the television series “Silicon Valley” and was expecting some epic situations faced by the companies in the show. Turns out that working in Pixlee is a fun and peaceful experience!
What do you hope to do after graduating?
The immediate item to clear on my bucket list will be to go on a graduation trip to Europe! After that, I hope to start my career in a start-up company as a developer. I believe working in a start-up allows me to learn multidisciplinary skills because you're often tasked with multiple jobs and responsibilities and are expected to step up to the challenge.