New York City, New York
Shageldi Ovezov spent 12 weeks as the Software Engineer Intern in the MLH Fellowship program by Major League Hacking, organizer of the hackathon seasons in North America and Europe who supports 75,000 student hackers who participate annually in hackathons. In March, Shageldi was one of tens of thousands of students who lost their internships due to the pandemic crisis. Despite having 2 of his offers rescinded, he persisted in applying and had been selected for this internship as one of 150 candidates out of 20,000 applicants. As an intern, he contributed to over 6 open-source software projects making an impact on more than 800,000 projects that utilize and depend on the software that he developed. On a daily basis, Shageldi fixed issues within the code, added new features, and implemented testing. During the internship, he gained significant technical skills and applied his soft skills. Dr. Jan Pearce, Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science, provided immense support with the internship as a primary advisor. During his presentation, Shageldi discussed how he was able to obtain the internship during the pandemic, the challenges he faced, and the EPG skills he used to address them.