Q & A with our 2019 Summer Intern, Jake Barth

Thursday, July 11, 2019

This summer, we are incredibly excited to welcome Jake Barth to HAWA as our Computer Sciences Intern. He just completed his first year of college at Colorado State University and is working with us on a mobile engagement app, developed to keep health and wellness top of mind and accessible during our busy work and home lives. After a few weeks of working with him, we thought it would be fun to interview him about his passion for computer science and aspirations in the industry. Help us give a warm welcome to Jake, and take a few minutes to learn a little bit more about him in the interview below.

At what age did you know you wanted to pursue a technology career?

Jake: I knew I wanted to go into computer science when I was a freshman in high school after learning a bit about coding.


What lead you in that direction?

Jake: I was influenced to learn about coding when my school gave students Google Chromebooks, which gave me the opportunity to access numerous online resources during English class.


What is the most interesting part of designing an app?

Jake I would say the most interesting part of designing an app is the moment when all of your version 0.0 code works and you launch it on your personal phone.


What is your favorite app of all time?

Jake: I’m not sure I could pick a favorite, but I enjoy apps with intuitive and beautiful UI’s and ones that make life just a little better.


What is your favorite sport/fitness activity?

Jake: My favorite sport/fitness activity has to be skiing.


Will you ever create an app related to it?

Jake: I can’t say if I’ll ever make a skiing related app, but I will admit I can get some of the craziest ideas on the chairlift.


Tell us about life on campus and why you picked your college/university?

Jake: Colorado State University has a beautiful campus right next to the foothills, which is not only beautiful but makes outdoor activities easy to access. I would be lying if I said being right by the mountains didn’t influence me, but CSU also has a strong computer science program that is rapidly growing in both students and faculty.


What do you like about interning?

Jake: My favorite part about interning is being able to develop software and apply classroom knowledge to real world applications.


What is your dream job post graduation?

Jake: My dream job would have to be one that’s able to make a positive impact on people by being a leader in implementing innovative technology.