INI Student 'Zaps' Web Challenges for Summer Internship

June 13, 2011

Remember the days when everything was sent through postal mail? Can you imagine what it would be like today to still have to print and fill out long and tedious paperwork, such as college applications, and mail them to various locations? Thankfully, due to technological advancements this frustration is avoided, and paperwork is now submitted instantly.

Mila Gorodetsky, an INI student pursuing a Master of Science in Information Networking, is working for Zap Solutions this summer to assure that paper applications remain a thing of the past. Zap Solutions, founded by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Zach Hraber (MI, SCS, '93), is a Pittsburgh-based web development company that works with graduate and medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other corporations, to develop their applications and content management systems.

Working as a web developer, Gorodetsky takes on multiple projects at once that help create paperless admissions for medical schools. Through the use of technologies such as ASP.Net, VB.Net, SQL, JavaScript and jQuery, she is able to adapt and give new functionality to the schools' application management systems.

"My favorite aspect of web development is the instant gratification that I get from visually seeing the results of what I develop," Gorodetsky states. "Aside from that, the atmosphere at Zap Solutions is fun and young, and the location is awesome."

Located right along the Allegheny River and down the street from the bright lights of PNC Park in Pittsburgh's North Side, the environment is upbeat and thriving. But, more importantly, during her summer stint Gorodetsky is determined to absorb as much new information as she can to further enhance her web development skills; and she attributes her time at Carnegie Mellon as one of the driving forces behind her efforts.

"The academic challenges at CMU and the INI have taught me more than just technical skills," Gorodetsky says. "They taught me how to work hard and not give up easily." Due to Gorodetsky's hard work this summer, and other web developers like her, future medical school applicants can breathe a sigh of relief.

"I have yet to decide what exactly I want to do five or 10 years from now," Gorodetsky admits. "But with every software development job that I have I become more confident that this is what I want to keep doing."

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