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Using the Java programming language to create web-based internal and external applications, computer science majors Vielyana Yuwono ’02 (Jatim, Indonesia) and James Bogan ’03 (Southampton, Pa.) are teaming up for their internship with BEA Systems, Inc. in San Francisco, Calif. this summer.

The students are working in product management for the WebLogic Server marketed by BEA, one of the world’s leading e-business infrastructure software companies. The work includes designing the architecture of their programs and writing them in Java, and helping with product documentation.

“In computer science, we are trained to read and learn things for ourselves, and that’s what we are doing right now,” says Yuwono. “I am amazed by the amount of learning we are doing in just a short period of time. Jim and I work not only for product management, but with other departments also. Our first product will hopefully be used by the engineers and product management in BEA to receive feedback and communicate with their customers. How exciting!”

The internship is helping the students learn how to be good team players and meet deadlines, she adds. ” I also am gaining insight into the product management field, marketing strategies, and the effort that the BEA team is doing in the Java e-commerce platform field,” says Yuwono. “Talking with people from different departments is helping me see different options and opportunities available for a computer science major.

Yuwono appreciates the intellectual, work-driven atmosphere at the company. “Everyone is very friendly, fun, and yet very serious about their job,” she explains. “After lunch you will find the software engineers playing ping-pong or foosball in the lunch room.”

The internship began June 4 and ends Aug. 17. It was initiated by Michael Girdley ’97, BEA’s director of product management for e-commerce servers.

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