Internship Diaries of 2020 is a series about the various categories of roles offered by companies for summer internships. We bring to you the experiences of interns from Consulting, Finance, Marketing, General Management, Product Management, Operations and E-commerce roles to understand a bit more about their work life. The articles are meant to give the reader a glimpse into the life of an intern and help the reader understand their fit in that particular role.
Contributed by: Shubhankar Yash
Picture Credits: Rishi Rathi
Edited by: Maneesha Pujari
AppDynamics is an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) company which is part of the Cisco family. The summer internship at AppDynamics is carefully planned and well structured by their management team. They believe in interns working on real time projects rather than hackathons, which directly impact their business and customers.
During my internship, I worked on three projects. My first project was to come up with an alerts feature for one of their server technology products. In the beginning, I felt pretty intimidated since I had limited knowledge about server-side technologies and concepts. However, I received video resources, reading material, and guidance from my mentor, which helped bring me up to speed. To come up with the new feature, I did my analysis of the product, talked to stakeholders and experts within AppD, and interviewed users to understand the pain points currently faced. I presented my work to a lot of PMs and executives and incorporated their feedback into my feature. In an ideal world, I would like to work on the implementation and as well as release part of the feature to have a complete picture of the PM role, but a two-month summer internship is too short a time for it to be possible.
Since I completed my first project early, I was able to take up a couple of research projects. These projects involved market research, going through the competitive landscape, and coming up with recommendations on the way forward for AppD.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at AppD. Despite the current Covid-19 situation, I had a very smooth onboarding process. It was a great experience to be able to work on projects that had an actual business impact. And I loved the fact that everybody at AppD is open for a conversation to help me out. I easily connected with people across engineering, sales, design, legal, security, and product management to clarify my doubts. My mentor and manager frequently synced up with me to check on the progress of the project and provide timely feedback. I believe this internship was a significant first step towards a career in Product Management.
Shubhankar, Rishi and Maneesha are students of the PGP 2019-21 batch at IIM Bangalore.