- August 25, 2022
EECS major works in web development in Kazakhstan
After completing his first year at MIT, DaMarcus Patterson (EECS ‘20) traveled to Kazakhstan through MISTI Eurasia to work in web development. This turned out to be one of the most unforgettable summers of his life.
In the summer of 2017, he worked on two internship projects. First, he worked for Almaty Management University where he developed file sharing, management, and posting/submission systems for the university’s online class platform. Then he transitioned to the Investor Service Center, an organization responsible for attracting investors to Kazakhstan, and helped them evaluate different projects with funding concerns. “Since my second project wasn’t so computer science related, I learned about quite an array of topics,” he remembers.
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DaMarcus admits that settling in Kazakhstan was a bit of a challenge, especially due to difficulties in communication. However, the advantages of living in Kazakhstan eventually prevailed. DaMarcus fondly remembers the food, traditional music, and loving and welcoming people.
“My summer experience was surely the first of its kind I’ve had, and I got to work on things I’m sure will come in handy in the future. Also, the people were very friendly and excited to show the culture, landscape, and cool things to do,” DaMarcus admits.