Yahoo! Intern Applies Software Management Skills Hands-On

July 13, 2010

Imagine coming to work in tennis shoes, during hours you choose, and looking out your window at the beautiful San Francisco bay. Need a coffee-bar break? How about some foosball or beach volleyball? For Rich Yueh, this scenario isn't make-believe - it's just another day at the office.

Yueh, an INI student in the Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Management (MSIT-SM) program, is interning this summer at Yahoo! Inc. in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif. Like other high-end tech companies, Yahoo's "Web 2.0 environment" inspires and fosters creativity and hard work through flexibility, employee benefits and a jovial and informal atmosphere. Yueh is thrilled to be a part of Yahoo's team for the summer, working alongside "some of the same people who essentially helped 'create' the Internet."

As a Software Asset Management intern, Yueh is learning the inner workings of software management first-hand. Applying his INI classroom knowledge to his work, Yueh tracks large-scale software license purchases made by Yahoo, reclaims inventory from past purchases and contacts vendors for current and future purchases. Through these projects, Yueh has learned how to successfully work with people across disciplines, as well as the importance of adapting to change quickly and efficiently.

"The technology field is rapidly developing," Yueh said. "As a technical person, one must comprehend new skills and knowledge in order to keep up."

While at Yahoo, Yueh has not only developed his skill base, but he has also expanded his network of professional contacts, connections that will prove valuable when pursuing future interests. In speaking with these contacts and learning of their positions and responsibilities, Yueh has identified jobs that may be "good fits" for him upon graduation this December.

Yueh will continue to work at Yahoo throughout the summer, before completing his program requirements this fall at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. The INI's bicoastal delivery was a major draw to the MSIT-SM program for Yueh, who is excited to finish his degree in the center of the technology world.

"The bicoastal program is great because you combine the rich history of the Pittsburgh campus with the technological atmosphere of the Silicon Valley campus," Yueh said. "Additionally, the teaching styles differ at each campus, so you really receive a multifaceted learning approach."