The Intern Report - Summer 2021

SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR WE WELCOME Incredibly MOTIVATED AND TALENTED INTERNS.

Our interns make a concrete contribution to our projects and learn more about their future professions thanks to the support and guidance of our teams.

These are learning opportunities for them and for us!

Here are the testimonials of interns who took the first steps in their careers this summer at Square Enix Montréal!

Name: Alya Gabsi
Title: Data Analyst
Field of study: Finance/Business Analytics
School: McGill University

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP?

I have always wanted to work in the video game industry. Talking to current Square Enix Montréal employees before applying made me want to work here even more.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ONBOARDING?

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORKED WITH?

Hardworking, Involved, Curious, Qualified, Supportive, Friendly.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS INTERNSHIP WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR CAREER PATH?

This internship allowed me to get hands on experience in the field of data analytics which will tremendously help me in my career path.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN INTERNSHIP AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL TO OTHER STUDENTS?

Yes, Square Enix Montréal is a really great company. The culture is amazing and friendly. Interns can be who they are without being afraid to express themselves. On the work side, SEM treats interns like full-time employees so there are a lot of opportunities for them to learn and take on projects that have tangible impact on the company.

 

 

Name Thomas Jiralerspong
Title Gameplay Programmer
Field of study Mathematics and Computer Science
School Mc Gill University

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP?

I played Final Fantasy when I was young and have always loved video games in general, so coming to work at Square Enix Montréal was a dream for me.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ONBOARDING?

Very warm and welcoming. Even though we didn't see each other in real life, everyone was very kind, and the one time we all met in real life was an unforgettable experience!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORKED WITH?

It was a very "funny" team, in the sense that everyone often joked and laughed together, and there was never too much pressure, employee welfare always came first.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS INTERNSHIP WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR CAREER PATH?

This internship gave me a lot of experience in the field of video games, so if I pursue a career in this field this experience will have been invaluable.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN INTERNSHIP AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL TO OTHER STUDENTS?

Yes! It's a great company to work for with really nice people and have a great internship that teaches you a lot about the industry and IT in general.

Name Philipe Gouveia
Title Tools Programmer
Field of study Computer Science
School Collège Lasalle

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP?

Firstly, because I wanted to be among the best professionals who could shape me into the expert I want to become; something that I knew from that only a company like Square Enix Montréal would provide. Also, because being part of a company that sets the standards in mobile game development drove me here.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ONBOARDING?

I can definitely say it was smooth. The company made every step of the process easier to handle. Square Enix Montréal provided me with additional equipment ahead of time. The team was very helpful and gave me guidance throughout the whole process.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORKED WITH?

They helped me a lot during the whole internship. Not only by giving me guidance and knowledge, but also by being inspiring professionals.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS INTERNSHIP WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR CAREER PATH?

The internship gave me a ton of knowledge I will use and share during my career. As a whole, it also showed me what true team work can achieve.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN INTERNSHIP AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL TO OTHER STUDENTS?

Definitely yes. If, like me, the student is willing to be among the best and to receive high standard knowledge, Square Enix Montréal is the place to go.

 

Name Marco Bauco
Title Data Analyst
Field of study Computer Science
School Concordia University

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP?

I chose Square Enix Montréal because of the legacy that Square Enix has in the gaming industry. I also wanted to learn more about the mobile gaming industry which is something I did not know a lot about before working here.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ONBOARDING?

Being completely remote for the entire internship did worry me since I thought that it be would hard to connect and build relationships with my coworkers. However, the onboarding reassured me that even while being fully remote I would become an important member of the team and allowed me to meet a lot of my team members.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORKED WITH?

The team that I worked with over the summer was incredible. They were truly welcoming and treated not as an intern but as a full-fledged member of the team from the beginning.

 

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS INTERNSHIP WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR CAREER PATH?

This internship helped me learned more about myself, what I need to work on, and what I enjoying doing. This internship has given me more confidence in myself and the career path that I want to pursue later in life.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN INTERNSHIP AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL TO OTHER STUDENTS?

Yes, not only did I learn a lot, I learned a lot about what makes a good co-worker and how important that is.

Name: Omri Cundangan
Title: Gameplay Programmer
Field of study: Computer Science
School: McGill University

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP?

Having completed an internship at Square Enix Montréal before, I really wanted to come back. I had an amazing time in my first internship; I loved seeing how all the different teams work together towards a common vision. I learned a lot of soft and hard skills in my previous internship and everyone in the teams is just so lovely. I knew that if I could come back I wouldn't regret it.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ONBOARDING?

Really smooth. I received everything I needed super quickly, and I had clear instructions and communications on setting myself up to be able to work within the span of 1-2 days. I was impressed at how smooth and fast it was to start working and get integrated into my team.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORKED WITH?

Amazing. So much talent and personality that it's hard to describe the team as a whole without using general, broad terms. I received help and respect from a lot of people and not once did I feel like an outsider to the team.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS INTERNSHIP WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR CAREER PATH?

I learned a lot of soft skills and hard skills. I got to see a lot of technical implementations/solutions to certain problems. I've learned how to better approach and navigate new obstacles. I've gotten better at communicating effectively and properly with team members and learned better work practices. I'm confident that my time at Square Enix Montréal has made me an even better worker (and co-worker) for whatever future team I'm on.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN INTERNSHIP AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL TO OTHER STUDENTS?

Of course! There's so much to learn at Square Enix Montréal and if that isn't already appealing, everyone in the team is so welcoming and helpful. Even working remote I felt like a real member of the team and was given responsibilities and also challenged to learn and grow. It's honestly such a good time.

Name: Benoit Vanier
Title: Programmer and Business and Intelligence
Field of study: Business Intelligence
School: HÉC Montréal

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP?

I have always loved video games. The position really interested me, especially considering that it was in my field and focused on languages with which I wanted to work (Python, SQL).

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ONBOARDING?

On the one hand, the fact that it was 100% remote was a challenge, especially the first week, but the team was very welcoming, and being assigned a mentor helped me a lot with all of the questions I had.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORKED WITH?
Competent and friendly. They welcomed me warmly and always knew how to answer my questions.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS INTERNSHIP WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR CAREER PATH?

Obviously, it has given me a first serious experience in my field. Also, it gave me a better understanding of the work environment in programming and the management of IT projects.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AN INTERNSHIP AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL TO OTHER STUDENTS?

Yes, the team is very welcoming, and they have a lot of experience working with interns. My internship counted towards my masters as a supervised project, and my coworkers gave me tasks that met the criteria. The company really listens to its employees, which makes the work climate super pleasant.

 

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