InternSpeak #1: Abhay Jha, Technical Intern
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In the two months that 22 year old Abhay S. Jha interned at BrainSightAI, he managed to co-author a patent on 3D visualisation and was pleasantly surprised to learn that interns are not just errand boys.
I have always been captivated by intricate objects, the most fascinating of them being the brain. The fact that the brain is able to compute and comprehensively gauge its surroundings in a second to none manner, still baffles me. As a result, when the opportunity of interning at BrainSightAI arose, the decision was a ‘no-brainer’.
During the tumultuous times of a pandemic, with school closed for the foreseeable future, the options to sharpen the tools in my skill set were sparse. BrainSightAI served as a glimmer of hope during this period, which would have easily been spent with me going through the same mundane activities for months on end.
Having barely done anything productive for a month since the semester had come to an abrupt halt, I was elated to be working on something that really captured my curiosity. Prior to joining the company, I hardly had any experience under my belt and my only frame of reference as to what I may face once I start was from movies and TV shows that, for the record, do not show interns in a good light. One positive that came from this lockdown was that at least I wouldn’t have to make any coffee runs or become the office ‘Xerox boy’. Once I joined the team however, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome I received not only from within the technical team but also from the organisation at large.
There was an air of warmth and genuineness that helped ease my nerves and made me look forward to the work I was given. I was tasked with creating a 3D visualisation of the human brain. From the get go, it was impossible not to notice an atmosphere throughout the organisation that fostered learning and encouraged you to try your best at whatever you were tasked with. All of a sudden, those cliché motivational quotes like, ‘If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’, oddly enough started to have some truth to them. I thoroughly enjoyed my work and as fate would have it, my labour bore fruit as I was able to co-author a patent pertaining to my work on 3D visualization and processing.
Apart from the insanely talented individuals this organisation has absorbed into their work force, what caught me off guard was the importance that was given not only to the work done but the person behind it. I felt a sense of belonging and value at BrainSightAI which I least expected, being an intern. The conversations I’ve had with my supervisors at this organisation revolved not only around the work I did but about my future goals and aspirations. The valuable pieces of advice I have received will stay with me for a long time to come.
Alas, just like all things good in this world, my time at this company has come to end. As I depart from BrainSightAI, having amassed a broader skill set, I also leave with a ridiculously high expectation of what a work environment should be. Interacting with the people at this organisation has helped me realise how much more I need to grow to become the well-rounded individual I intend to be. BrainSightAI has indeed turned out to be the wind in my sails to charter my course toward a brighter tomorrow.