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Interns at EA come from a variety of background and experience levels, and have a diverse range of stories to tell. Read about Chelsea's here.
Title? Project Coordinator Intern
Major? Information Communication Technology
School? Florida State University
When did you realize you wanted to work in tech?
Most people look back at their middle school years with equal parts second-hand embarrassment and disdain. But for me, that was when I realized my passion for technology. My first day of sixth grade in homeroom I sat down at a computer, noticed a program called Alice, and opened it up to see what it could do. Almost immediately I became obsessed with using it to make games that were nearly impossible to beat, much to my glee and the annoyance of my classmates. Later that year my technology teacher introduced me to the Technology Student Association (TSA), which undeniably played a huge role in shaping me into the person I am today.
I spent the majority of those years in our technology lab pouring over backboards, staring at lines of code until my eyes were blurry, and convincing our advisor to let us document the process of him donating blood for our medical research project in exchange for a 1lb pack of Twizzlers. My advisors taught me skills like how to be a better public speaker, how to build a bridge out of balsa wood, and to love parliamentary procedure. But the most important lessons were far less tangible than that. I learned how to be a better person. How to accept defeat with class and acknowledge your shortcomings. I learned that nobody accomplishes anything completely on their own. I learned the value of a well-timed celebratory dance to “We Are The Champions.” During those years I was encouraged to further develop my leadership skills by serving as a state officer, to test my perceptions of what I was good at, and to work each day to do better the task before me.
I doubt that I’ll be pitching Pythagoras the Penguin, the math puzzle game my best friends and I made in 8th grade, anytime soon. But coming to work at EA has been an indescribable full circle sort of moment. Nearly nine years later and not a lot has changed. I’m still working on challenging projects, learning from team members who encourage and inspire me, and going home each night to spend way too much time playing The Sims. The only difference is I get to do so without wearing braces.
Tell us something we don't know about you.
When I'm not coordinating projects, you can find me in theaters watching Hamilton or Shakespeare plays.