Intern Diaries: Dan Saksa

This is a tale of how Dan Saksa became a Digital Surgeon. Let’s go back to the beginning of my Digital Surgeons adventure, shall we? I found Digital Surgeons on a whim while looking for web design and development shops in Connecticut. I looked through their website and decided that I should apply for their internship. I wrote very specifically that I didn’t want to spend the summer being best friends with the local baristas. I’m sure they’re very nice people but I wanted to kick CSS and take names (or something along those lines).

The internship went roughly six months and in those six months I would like to say that I am grateful for all the people I stepped on to get to where I am today. Unfortunately I can’t, because I didn’t step on anybody. More like the other way around. I made UI kits, learned how to really use Photoshop (sorry Fireworks®), helped debug real websites and did not get a single cup of coffee for anybody. When I came into Digital Surgeons on the first day it was the summer of my final year at college and I thought the world was my oyster. My design skills and dev chops were pretty solid, I thought. Boy was I in for one shell of a summer. In the coming weeks that turned into months I was immersed in everything design and development. I learned how to use things like CodeIgniter, jQuery and Expression Engine just to name a few. I made UI kits, learned how to really use Photoshop (sorry Fireworks®), helped debug real websites and did not get a single cup of coffee for anybody. Not one. I learned more in those six months than I did at school. It was very humbling to have such great mentoring from everybody here. I would not be where I am today had I not taken that internship. I’m sure everybody says it but I’m going on the record to say that I really mean it. Being at Digital Surgeons really fast tracked my skills and got me to a place that I wouldn’t have been without them.

Fast forward to 2012, I am now a full time surgeon here and loving every minute of it. I learn more every day about design and development. The experience is surely one I would have been hard pressed to find anywhere else. Plus, none of my friends have a scooter at their jobs.