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Ellie Delany

August 15th, 2017

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CardConnect Summer 2017 Internship Experience

This summer, CardConnect hired a team of fifteen student interns with various backgrounds to work in our King of Prussia headquarters. The interns were dispersed across different teams; from marketing, to software development, to merchant solutions, and several more. Here’s a snapshot of our 2017 summer interns, who they are, and what their managers had to say about their accomplishments and contributions at CardConnect:

Sohini Maniar

Bryn Mawr College 2018, Mathematics, Testing

“Sohini Maniar was a key contributor to our application testing effort this Summer. She quickly learned how CardPointe and CoPilot work, and was able to apply previous testing experience to deliver tremendous value to us during her internship with CardConnect. I admire Sohini’s willingness to jump right in with a system that was completely foreign to her.” - Dave Harrison

“From the moment I walked inside the office, I saw how amazing this company is and felt so welcomed by all the full time employees. I learned so much about payment processing and the effort and time that goes into the process. People were always very patient and attempted to answer as many questions I had to better understand the projects. Throughout my time here I always felt like I brought value to the company because of the responsibilities that were given to me. I am grateful that I was a part of an amazing opportunity where I build friendships and professional skills that will carry beyond the summer.” – Sohini

Sean Parsons

Pennsylvania State University 2020, , Security Risk Analysis/Cybersecurity, Engineering

“Sean was incredibly effective during his time as a Business Analysis Intern on the CardPointe Gateway Engineering Team. He was instrumental in the planning and design phases of our customer-facing Apple/Android Pay and Bolt Offline solutions. Sean’s knowledge of Python scripting, ability to understand complex systems, and his attention to detail allowed him to contribute towards many other improvements made to how our team manages its products. Sean’s desire to be challenged, and composure while facing the unknown is extremely admirable; those traits are sure to serve him well in the future.” – Kevin Nathan

Ellie Delany

University of Delaware 2018, English, Marketing

“Ellie, the author and organizer behind this post, has been an outstanding member of the marketing team this summer. The lightning speed at which she grasped the payments industry and how CardConnect operates as a business was incredible. It was also fun to see her impressive writing talent come alive in any project she touched (I’d say this uplifting blog was my favorite). To sum it up, Ellie was awesome this summer and we’re going to really miss her when she heads back to college!” – Michael Starosciak

“My experience at CardConnect has truly evolved me as a writer. I went from writing creative essays and memoirs to researching EMV technology, PCI standards, and much more. My team never hesitated to answer my tech questions, or explain something in detail to me. CardConnect’s culture is five star, and there is a certain humor between the employees in the office that makes your work fun and enjoyable. I really could not have asked for a better intern experience or introduction into the FinTech industry this summer!” - Ellie

Noah Granieri

University of Michigan 2018 MBA, Technology, App/Gateway Development

"Noah did an amazing job this summer! He made major contributions to the Product Management team by assisting with designing a number of new features coming to CoPilot and CardPointe in the future. His main focus was assisting with the design of a Project Management tool for the ERP Team in Copilot. He took the lead on working with key stake holders and working with them to define the requirements. We are going to miss Noah’s analytical thinking and ability to engage with other departments when he heads back to school!" - Nick Yanoshik

“The summer internship has been a great experience. It was interesting to learn about the complex payments industry while working on some of CardConnect's next product features. The people I had an opportunity to work directly with were impressively supportive, down to earth and generous with their time and patience over the course of our projects this summer. When first delving into CardPointe and CoPilot (CardConnect's merchant portal and portfolio management tool for partners, respectively), the learning curve was steep but the team members and fellow interns made it a manageable and even fun task. I've enjoyed my summer here and know that I'll have unique projects and experiences to share with fellow classmates when I return to school this fall." - Noah

Claire Frankel

Univeristy of Pennsylvania 2018, Systems Engineering, App/Gateway Development

"Claire was a huge help this summer! She made major contributions to the Product Management team by assisting with designing a number of new features coming to CoPilot and CardPointe in the future. Her big project was assisting with the design of a Project Management tool for the ERP Team in Copilot. She did an amazing job creating the mockups for the feature, which helped drive conversation and helped stakeholders see the vision that team had for the feature. Claire’s sense of team work and creativity will definitely be missed when she heads back to school!" - Nick Yanoshik

"Interning at CardConnect was an incredible learning experience and a great way to spend the summer. I learned a lot about the payments industry, what the role of a product manager entails, and how to apply classroom knowledge to real world problems. The employees at CardConnect were amazingly supportive and helpful during my time here. I couldn't have asked for a better internship experience!" - Claire

Meng Kry

Pennsylvania State University 2018, Computer Engineering, Software Development

“The experiences and the knowledge that I have acquired from CardConnect was invaluable. CardConnect is full of talented, experienced developers and engineers who were eager to help to on-board me as a Software Developer Intern. With hard-work and consistency, I learned a lot of new skills on Front-End and Back-End web development. By the end of the internship, I was confidence to work on a new feature by myself.” - Meng

Amanda Warren

West Chester University 2018, Actuarial Science, Underwriting & Risk

“Amanda has been heading up a project for Risk to identifying merchants who are selling products that are prohibited by the card brands such as Kratom, Synthetic drugs, marijuana products, and prescription drugs being sold without a prescription. As a result of her hard work and dedication, we have successfully identified several prohibited merchants and were able to secure our risk prior to any notifications from the card brands.” – John Bintner

"I had the best experience interning in Underwriting and Risk this summer. This was my first hands-on experience conducting risk analysis and utilizing underwriting policies outside of a school environment. I highly recommend working here - this is the only place that I've encountered where the company truly gives back to its employees (and interns!). If you want real world experience in your field, a company with NO CUBICLES, and you enjoy a great espresso machine, CardConnect would not disappoint you! - Amanda

Pat Bernicker

Ursinus College 2019, Applied Finance/Econ, Deployment

“Pat is an ordering machine. He handed 80% of our CardPointe equipment returns and assisted in shipping out a large percentage of our orders to merchants. His hard work and attention was truly as asset to the Deployment team. Thanks Pat!” – Thomas Edinger

"Working at CardConnect has truly been a great experience. Getting an in depth look into the payments industry during a pivotal time in CardConnects history was interesting to see and an incredible learning experience. Working with Cardpointe Support and the newly formed Deployments team made me fairly well rounded in understanding how this company operates. Every employee from top to bottom has been incredible, they couldn't have treated the interns any better! I would not have traded this summer for anything!" - Pat

Sierra Kotwicki

Bloomsburg University 2018, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Merchant & Partner Solutions

“Sierra was a huge asset to the Merchant Solutions and Partner Solutions team this summer closing 251 tickets as of 8/11 and quality checking over 900 bank changes! Sierra is always willing to jump in and take on a project, learn something new and complete a list of changes in record time.” – Sophie Wagner

"I walked into CardConnect a little nervous, slightly lost, and tremendously naive. Three months later I walked out confident, happy, and knowledgeable on subjects that I never knew possible. CardConnect has defined and broaden my professional capabilities and has helped myself confirm my future goals after college. I couldn't be more thankful to work at such a prospering and supportive company." – Sierra

Scott Luttman

Pennsylvania State University 2020, Information Sciences and Technology, App Development

"Working on the App Development team gave me insight into the software development lifecycle and helped me find my passion with working in frontend development. CardConnect is a great company - a lot of creativity and definitely an amazing culture." - Scott

Tina Bowers

Colgate University 2018, Physics/Studio Art, Technology

"Tina was a blast to work with this summer! She made major contributions to the Product Management team by assisting with designing a number of new features coming to CoPilot and CardPointe in the future. Tina took the lead on building out requirements and mockups for an invoice presentment tool in CardPointe. Her mockups turned out great and served as an excellent tool for communicating the design that the team came up with for this feature. We will definitely miss Tina’s positive attitude and her grandmother’s baking!" - Nick Yanoshik

“Card Connect was an amazing workplace and I'm so grateful for the things I have learned and the people I have met. Learning product management tools from Nick and Liz was so valuable to me and I always felt like I could ask questions and explore outside my comfort zone. This experience was overwhelmingly positive and I can't say enough good things about my time here!” - Tina

David Macartney

Pennsylvania State University 2019, Security and Risk Analysis, Device Integration

Kirsten Jensen

University of Pennsylvania Masters 2018, Computer and Information Technology, Gateway

“Among other tasks accomplished, Kirsten developed a new dynamic amount driven transaction response feature for the CardPointe Gateway. This feature greatly improves emulator flexibility and testability for our merchant base. It was clear Kirsten wanted to give and also get a lot of value out of this internship. She’s very hard working and professional and always able to focus on her work. Kirsten’s code and contribution to the SDLC process exceeded expectations. The team all loved working with Kirsten!” – Chet Culver

“CardConnect is a company that intentionally nurtures the things that make their employees thrive in their work individually and collaboratively. It’s a natural environment to develop skills and a project at the same time, which is an ideal combination for an internship. This summer has been a very rewarding experience in many ways.” - Kirsten

Mike Offenbach

Pennsylvania State University 2018, Security and Risk analysis, Device Integration

Ben Rajcan

Rochester Institute of Technology, Computer Science/Psychology, CardPointe

“Ben Rajcan took on a variety of task assignments this Summer, and did them all very well. I want to specifically mention the work he did with the CardPointe Mobile test automation. This was a large gap in our test coverage, and Ben was able to deliver very quickly a set of automated tests that will reduce the amount of time it will take to test a new build of the mobile apps.” – Dave Harrison

"I had a fantastic internship at CardConnect! I learned a lot about credit card payments, code and business processes. I am really glad to be working full time here!" - Ben

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