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What’s it like to be a Prodigy Intern?

Candice Fearon

Prodigy Careers Blog

At Prodigy, we are all about learning and growth! After all, our mission is to help every student in the world love learning. That same passion is at the heart of our internship program. Our co-op students come from all across Canada to jumpstart their careers on our Engineering, Data and Marketing teams. 

In this guide, you’ll learn about what Prodigy’s internship program offers, get a peek into our interview process and learn some tips for success.

How does Prodigy's internship program work?

Prodigy’s internship program fosters student career growth through:

  • Meaningful and impactful work
  • Autonomy
  • Mentorship and learning

Meaningful and impactful work

Students do important work that makes a difference for our end users. You contribute as a full team member, taking on real challenges, projects and finding solutions that will help our teams achieve their goals. 

"Working at Prodigy is seriously cool. Right from day one, my work has come with long-lasting results, with no intern projects or mundane work involved. I was immersed in a culture with growth and development in mind. Get ready to have a real impact while learning with an incredibly supportive team." - David D., Data Science Co-op

Autonomy

We believe doing the work yourself is the best way to learn. Taking ownership over your work is a key component of our program. With guidance and the right tools, we trust you to own your project, make decisions and learn from mistakes.

"Taking on coop students has been incredible for our domain! Our teams have gotten to work with amazing students, and seeing them grow and contribute to some of our widely used features has had such a positive impact on our teams and product!” - Ilia Demertchian, Team Lead, Engineering

Mentorship and Learning

We’re invested in your learning and development during your time with us. Your mentor-mentee relationship is structured to include:

  1. Weekly 1:1 meetings to guide your learning.
  2. An end of term performance review.
  3. Consistent feedback and coaching along the way. 

You’ll also learn from others in the department or company through:

  • Paired programming opportunities.
  • Cross-team collaboration and projects. 
  • Weekly team meetings that give you insight into the team’s work, and an opportunity to get involved or ask questions. 

You can also drive your own learning through full access to our internal database of learning resources. This will allow you to expand your knowledge within your chosen domain.

“From day 1 at Prodigy, I immediately felt like a member of the team. It feels like every day I learn something new, but one of the most impactful would be the active use of radical candor in the workplace” - Zach R, Devops Developer Co-op

Acing your Interview

Our interview process consists of 3 stages: 

  1. Resume application.
  2. One-way video interview, responding to a series of five questions for our Recruiters. 
  3. A technical interview with hiring managers via Zoom. All interview questions are related to your skills, experience, values, and goals.

Here are some tips from our co-op students on how to prepare for your interviews:

  • Research the companyUnderstand the company’s mission and what problems they are trying to solve. This will show interviewers that you want the job and help you confirm that this is a company you want to work for.
  • Understand the requirements and prepare examplesNote the job responsibilities and what skills are required. Then refamiliarize yourself with previous personal and school projects, to provide some examples of when you demonstrated those skills.
  • Practice coding challengesIf you’re interviewing for an engineering position, you will have a coding challenge as part of your interview. Practicing these in advance will help you get in the proper mindset to code and focus directly on the implementation to avoid making small mistakes.
  • Ask questionsPrepare some questions to understand what the internship experience would be like. This will help you know what to expect if you land the position!

Are you excited about an internship at Prodigy? We’d love to hear from you! Check out open positions here, and stay up to date with news and announcements on Linkedin. We look forward to connecting with you!

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