What attracted you to DSTA?
I have always been interested in software engineering and cybersecurity, so I wanted to join an organisation with a strong focus in these areas. It was also very important for me to have supportive and like-minded colleagues who would be able to provide guidance throughout my internship. I was convinced that my internship journey would be great the moment I talked with my would-be mentor during my interview, because we just clicked so quickly.
Tell us more about your mentor!
Principal Engineer (Cybersecurity) Seah Zhi Qian played a pivotal role in enriching my internship experience. He was very knowledgeable and generous with his insights. Over the course of the internship, he has become more than just a colleague and is someone I can learn from and banter with.
What did you like best about your internship?
Interns like myself were given the autonomy to decide how we wanted to achieve our goals. I appreciated how forthcoming and helpful my mentor was – there were regular check-ins that kept me on track, and he would often provide valuable feedback at important junctures. This not only helped me refine my solutions to solve key problems, but also built my self-confidence and ability to deal with setbacks.
Would you recommend the internship to your peers?
Definitely! My internship experience has not only exposed me to new innovations in the field but reinforced my interests. It was very fascinating to hear my colleagues discuss the various projects that they were working on, and these sharing sessions allowed me to better appreciate what I was learning in school. Overall, this has been such a wonderful journey, and I believe other interns will benefit from it as well!