I’ve worked with IIT for six months and have primarily been contributing to the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII) project by making improvements to the visual dataset and adding new functionality. Some of the areas I’ve worked on include:
- Building a site-wide widget that picks up keywords from the page and generates search queries across a number of news publications
- Generating a downloadable GIF from an animation that cycles through changes in data over the years, on a world map
- Making visual improvements to tables and charts
- General bug fixes and improvements to existing functionality
Having built projects in modern frameworks such as React, I am also getting an opportunity to work with updates to legacy technologies like vanilla JS and jQuery, which is giving me a chance to look at frontend development from an entirely different perspective — and has in turn strengthened my knowledge of web fundamentals. Being involved in daily stand-up meetings as well as working alongside other software professionals has given me a taste of what work life in the industry is like, while still being in college.