News • 07.07.2022
15 december 2021
Remco Timmerman (21) was studying Software Engineering at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam when he did his graduation internship at Touchtribe. And now, almost a year later, he is still enjoying himself within the team, but as a permanent programmer. How Remco experienced this whole process you can read in this blog.
"Daan, the operations manager at Touchtribe, had posted a vacancy for a graduation internship in AWS on the job board of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. I did a minor in AWS and wanted to develop myself further during my internship, so the vacancy really appealed to me", says Remco. Asked why he made this choice, Remco answers: "I was already interested in the Cloud Native development part. Since I find this an interesting technique with a lot of future." At Touchtribe, they are convinced of the effect of working with Cloud Native and are fully engaged in this. You can read this for example in the blog 'Cloud native as an indispensable part of your digital strategy', written by Daan himself: Cloud native digital strategy. The choice to apply was therefore quickly made for Remco.
Remco did his internship in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant he spent most of his time programming at home behind his computer and could hardly get into the office. "Actually, I was mainly working individually and I was quite happy when the internship was finished. After all, I'm not much of a researcher and much preferred working on the assignment to working on my thesis." This assignment consisted of making a converter that creates a pdf from html templates. Remco found this very interesting and completed his internship with an eight. His internship supervisor Guido was also very satisfied with the work Remco delivered and so the team at Touchtribe offered him a permanent job. "It was sign and go," says Remco with a laugh.
He finds the atmosphere within the team fun and enjoyable. "I quickly felt welcome during my internship and received good guidance, where I could always ask anything and get a quick answer." Of course, this is not always a matter of course with graduate internships, especially at a time when almost everyone in the company works from home. "Of course it took some getting used to, since you get to know people online. What was an advantage for me was that as a programmer I can work from anywhere. This made working from home easy and I could do my work in Amsterdam from Lutjebroek, where I come from."
Remco was soon let go and now that he is a permanent employee, he notices that he can be even more independent. "I think the nice thing about programming is that it's never the same, there are always different problems to solve and especially now that I'm a graduate, I'm already starting to work fully on different projects myself." At the moment he is working for Timemoto to make an integration between two systems which is done serverless. He has also worked on a similar project for OSG.
In short, Remco had an excellent internship despite a period in which a lot of crazy things were going on in the world, and that he got the chance to continue as a permanent employee was of course the icing on the cake. Do you see yourself growing from intern to permanent employee and are you still looking for a graduation internship? Check our vacancies, or like Remco the vacancy bank at your school!