About Me: An Outreachy Intern at Mozilla

Hi! I’m Lisa. I was selected as an Outreachy intern at Mozilla and I will document my experience throughout my internship in this blog.

I am a self-taught front-end developer of two years, though I have started to dabble in back-end development as well. Prior to self-learning, I worked in the advertising industry and specialized in the planning, buying, and analytics of digital media. My accounts over the years included Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kohl’s Department stores, Procter & Gamble, and UBS financial services.

Core values
When I had browsed through the list of core values to see which ones were most important to me, I couldn’t help but think I’d be sorted into a Hogwarts house. Nevertheless, the core values that are most important to me are curiosity, determination, and knowledge (which would probably place me somewhere between Ravenclaw and Slytherin).

Curiosity resonates the most with me as I am always wondering ‘how?’, ‘why?’, or ‘what if?’. I suppose knowledge is just the eventual outcome gained from my curiosity. And, to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s determination or just my sheer stubbornness to accomplish my goals because I have a need to see things through to the end.

Motivation to apply to Outreachy
In search of my first internship in the tech industry, I discovered there weren’t many options for those with a non-traditional background. It also didn’t help that I did not have any relevant work experience on my resumé either – just a few front-end projects. It seemed like I was just sending my resumés and applications into a black hole.

With Outreachy, your contributions to a free and open-source software project – which are required in your applications – can also be added to your resumé. In addition, you have access to a network that not only consists of the Outreachy community, but participating companies in the tech industry as well. Therefore, even if I didn’t get selected for an internship, I would still gain valuable experience and connections just by applying to Outreachy.