University Feature

Journey to Adobe: Intern Spotlight

June 24, 2015

Every summer, dozens of interns arrive at Adobe offices around the world, each with a unique story of where they came from and where they’re going. This summer, two interns caught our attention with the creative ways they told that story.

We spoke with both to find out why this is shaping up to be an awesome summer.

TJ-Rhodes

TJ Rhodes, spending his summer in the Imagination Lab in San Jose, shared his story through Adobe Voice.

Adobe Life: Why was Adobe the place you wanted to intern?

TJ Rhodes: Actually, I didn’t have a choice! I’m a Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) fellow, and the company selects the students. But this is such a win-win. I was worried about what company might pick me, and when it was Adobe, I was super stoked. It was perfect.

Adobe Life What are you working on?

TR: I’m working on future technologies and a lot of experimental things in the Imagination Lab. It’s perfect because my undergraduate work was around hardware. This is my first time at a software company, so I’ll be prepared when I start grad school in software engineering this fall.

Adobe Life: What has surprised you so far about your Adobe experience?

TR: I was surprised that I was actually doing work immediately. The first day, after I opened my computer, I was writing code and I was immediately challenged. My other internships weren’t as vigorous in building on the things I had learned in school, and now I’ll be very prepared for starting grad school in the fall. Other than that, it’s the people—everybody seems very happy. I like that. People are high-energy just like me, and everybody seems to enjoy their jobs.

Adobe Life: Would you encourage other students to apply for internships at Adobe?

TR: Definitely do it, for the whole experience. You’re not getting coffee for people; you actually get to do things that will end up in products. I could end up with my name on a patent at the end of the summer. The health and wellness benefits are fantastic, everything. Adobe has a high retention rate, and it’s easy to see why.

Nora-CNora Coler, a research intern in San Francisco, brought her story to life using After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Character Animator.

Adobe Life: Why was Adobe the place you wanted to intern?

Nora Coler: I’m a PhD in computer science, and my advisor at Princeton had been working with some of the researchers at Adobe. He put me in touch, and since animation is one of my research interests, it turned out to be a great fit.

 

Adobe Life: What are you working on?

NC: I’m working on secondary motion in Adobe Character Animator. So I’ll be animating anything that flows, like hair or clothing. I think it’s great that people will actually be able to use the features that I’m putting into the software.

Adobe Life: What has surprised you so far about your Adobe experience?

NC: I’ve worked in the industry before, in both internships and full-time employment. One thing I like is that Adobe has the creative combination—both art and computer science—which is lacking in a lot of other software companies in the Bay Area. That’s very appealing.

Adobe Life: Would you encourage other students to apply for internships at Adobe?

NC: I would highly recommend it. Being part of the research team at Adobe is really cool because the researchers here are top notch, but they also have the backing and support of a large company so you can do a lot more stuff. You have access to a lot more data. Among PhDs in graphics, Adobe is one of the top companies for internships.