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INTERNSHIP PICK OF THE WEEK: Akamai

By December 31, 2012

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As a college student you probably use the  "cloud" a lot. From working with other students on a team project as well as getting information distributed through a professor in one of your courses to sharing text files, photos, videos, and music with peers, friends, and family.  But have you ever stopped to consider how this technology works and how it began in the first place?

Tim Berners-Lee, the acknowledged inventor of the world wide web, recognized that exponentially increasing web traffic was soon going to create severe congestion, making it increasingly difficult to access and deliver content.  In early 1995 he presented a challenge to his colleagues at M.I.T. on inventing a new and better way to deliver content on the internet.   Tom Leighton, Professor of Applied Mathematics at M.I.T., solicited the help of a team of top researchers to help tackle the problem.  Based on the work they did they obtained an exclusive license to certain intellectual property from MIT and formed Akamai in 1998.  The company officially launched services in 1999, using Yahoo! as a charter customer.

Summer Internships at Akamai typically run 10-12 weeks, and successful interns sometimes come back during the fall semester and over college breaks.  When asked about the internship  experience at Akamai, past interns have commented about what they appreciated about the experience, which includes  "...working for a world class company, a lot of freedom in projects, great pay ...." and "working around some of the smartest people in the industry and learning more about the internet and what drives it."

There is a current internship opportunity at Akamai at their Cambridge, MA, location for a UX Intern and for an Application Software Engineer.  This position will work closely with the UX Designers as well as with Akamai Engineers in helping to design and evaluate user-interface components while the software engineer will work with professionals to design and develop quality applications that exceed customer expectations.  Internship candidates should be currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in User Interface Design, Visual or Graphical Design or related field and plan on returning to the program after completion of the internship.

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