I originally signed up for the Princeternship program because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had done a lot of biology/medical things in high school, but then got to Princeton and realized there were so many more options here. The Princeternship gave me a preview of where the engineering track would take me after graduation. I was not even necessarily interested in a particular career at this point, I just wanted a sense of the industry.
I got really lucky to have Hal as my Alumnus. Erica (another first year) and I, found that Hal went out of his way to make our experience a good one. We met him in a New York coffee shop, where he explained what he does and where he thinks Juniper and the high-tech industry are headed. We got a rudimentary introduction to networking and a fundamental education on the company we were going to be shadowing and meeting people from all day.
We next went to the New York office of Juniper Networks (Hal normally works at the one in Bridgewater). After looking around the office for a while and chatting with some of his co-workers, we went to another meeting Hal had arranged – with Gianni Martire, co-founder of Hotlist.com. We talked over lunch, which we were treated to! Everyone who spoke with us was really outgoing and helpful. At the end of our experience, we connected with wonderful alumni who will likely serve as mentors in the future!