Photo: Julia Meier, Premera's first Ada intern. Photo by Bo Jungmayer.
This year Premera is starting a partnership with Ada Developers Academy, a non-profit training program for women and gender-diverse people who want to become software developers. The 11-month program includes six months of full-time classroom training followed by a five-month industry internship.
The partnership stemmed from a panel presentation at Ada where five Premera female developers and I talked about the meaningful work we do and what it is like to be a developer at Premera. As a recruiter, I always share with aspiring developers what Premera looks for in a candidate.
Julia Meier, our first Solutions Developer intern from Ada, will work with our iOS mobile team to create new features and make improvements to our mobile app.
Shortly after starting her internship at Premera, I sat down with Julia to learn more about Ada and why she selected Premera.
What's your background?
I'm originally from Queens, New York, but I've lived in Seattle for over 10 years and can't imagine leaving the Pacific Northwest. I have an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering and have worked as a wind energy consultant, a swim teacher for adults who are afraid of water and later as a proposal coordinator for an environmental consulting firm.
How did you hear about the Ada Academy?
A close friend reached out to tell me about Ada when I was in the midst of researching graduate schools for Computer Science programs and coding boot camps. I had been considering learning to code for many years, and finally made the decision to change careers after meeting several inspiring women developers invested in increasing diversity in tech.
Why did you select Premera for your industry internship?
I was impressed by Premera's presentation to my class and each woman's personal story of getting into tech. It illustrated Premera's supportive environment, and interest in developing the careers of software engineers. Several of the software teams also practice pair programming, which I really enjoy, and further indicated a very collaborative team environment.
What do you do in your free time?
Lately, all my free time goes to learning coding! But I'm also learning how to be an amateur beekeeper; I started two hives last summer and they seem to be surviving the winter well! I also enjoy cross-country skiing and cooking, as much as possible.
We are excited to add this partnership to our Premera Internship Program.
Megan Foster is a recruiter for Premera Blue Cross.