PIC Internship Spotlight: Nina Pandya

PIC Internship Spotlight: Nina Pandya

Article written by Priory in the City senior Anika Shin.

Nina Pandya is a senior at The Priory at St. Andrew's Schools. Since she was young, Nina has enjoyed math, science and helping others. Throughout her high school career, she has tutored younger students in Math and English. As part of Priory in the City, Nina completed an internship with Technology Director Danelle Landgraf. She created a video on the importance of securing passwords. She also created lesson plans and taught students at The Prep how to code Altino cars. Nina plans to major in computer science in college.

Why did you decide to focus on cybersecurity?

"Every year at The Priory, Dr. Truc Nguyen visits our school to talk to us about our role on the Internet and how we can be better digital citizens. Over the years, she has shared stories about young children who have gotten in trouble on the Internet. This inspired me to become more interested in cybersecurity. As the cybersecurity field is growing, it is important that there are enough people who are experienced in this area."

Why did you choose to go intern with Mrs. Landgraf? What was the deciding factor?

"I chose to do my internship with Mrs. Landgraf because of her undeniable expertise in computer science. Doing my internship on campus has taught me so much about cybersecurity."

What do you see as the most valuable thing you've learned or will learn during your internship?

"Throughout my internship, I've learned a lot about malware. Although I knew a little bit about what malware was before, I was surprised at how much I did not know. I learned how it attacks your computer, what it does, and how to get rid of it."

Are there any difficulties you have faced during this internship? How do you plan on working through them?

"When faced with the challenge of creating a video, I did not know where to start. I've never made an animated movie before, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. However, as I began creating the script and adding pictures on to the video maker, I slowly gained more confidence. This taught me that although I had not made a video before, with patience, I was able to persevere."

How can you see this internship benefiting you in the future? What do you hope to achieve ten years from now using the knowledge you gained?

"As a future computer science major, everything I learned from this internship will follow me through college as I learn more about cybersecurity. I am grateful that I got to experience and learn a little bit about cybersecurity, and it helped me to solidify my interests in computer science, especially cybersecurity."

How have you been able to apply what you learned during Priory in the City into out-of-school life?

"Priory in the City has taught me many skills which I was able to take to my internship. In the beginning of the semester, we explored our interests a little more and we discovered what exactly it was that prompted us to want to pursue in the career of our choice. Previously, I hadn't really thought about why computer science was what I wanted to do. However, as part of my internship, I was able to see why this field was a good match for myself. It was something I enjoyed learning about and creating a video for. Although teaching the boys was not something I expected, I enjoyed it and I felt more confident from being able to teach a class something that I was passionate about."