|Ashlyn Shatos, a first-year sophomore from the Seattle area, was selected as a finalist for one of 10 summer internships through the Cascadia Innovation Fellowship.
Ten Seattle-area companies hire summer interns from engineering and computer science students at universities in
A 2010 graduate of
“I was really excited to hear that I was a finalist,” she said. “I didn’t think my chances were that great because I’m not a computer science major and I don’t have that much experience.”
As a senior in high school, she enrolled in a programming class, where she learned C-Sharp. For her senior project, she built and programmed a robot. That year-long challenge included an oral presentation and a demonstration of her robot’s capabilities. For the Fellowship exam, Shatos had to write a program to convert strings to integers; then, she had to write a program to assign an unknown integer to spot on a trinary tree. She performed well enough on the preliminary computer programming exercises to impress the Fellowship judges.
“I guess I did well enough on the programming test that they invited me to be a finalist,” she said. “Since I started programming, it has just come naturally.”
Shatos and the other the finalists were flown to
The Fellowship connects world-class computer science and engineering students with some of
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