Show, Don't Tell

- Steve, 2018 IGNITE Reverse Engineer Intern - Reston, VA

How did you hear about FireEye? Why did you choose FireEye?

FireEye came to me through LinkedIn. After a few messages it was obvious that the work was technical and interesting, so I decided to give it a try. After my first interview, I knew the people on the other end were nice and very smart, so I joined for the summer eager to learn!


What is the most interesting thing you have learned?

Learning the internal workings of how some of the malware works is what interested me. I had the opportunity to work on a few research projects, taking apart some complicated packing technologies and was able to apply a lot of the abstract computer science knowledge I'd learned in school. It was cool seeing how proofs of equivalent logic were actually used as obfuscation techniques and the compiler theory that went into defeating those technologies. On the whole, I'd say breadth of exposure to new tooling was the best/most interesting thing I learned.


What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

I enjoyed the social experience with my coworkers and fellow interns the most. There were many other interns at the town center and we were able to meet up both for lunch and outside of work. As a group, we set the record for the local escape room and had a blast doing so. Besides the other interns, my coworkers were fantastic too. We went to lunch together often and I learned a lot about industry and tips for being in the field. We also solved some very hard problems together, and the euphoria experienced finally seeing it all come together is not a feeling I will forget anytime soon.


What would your advice be to a student pursuing an internship at FireEye?

I'd advise you do your own research. I was chosen (to the best of my knowledge) because I had done previous work in the field, and that work was public. It's hard to evaluate the technical expertise of someone, especially someone new to the field, so rather than talk I've found it's easier to show. Try to let your work speak for your ability.


Is there anything else you would like to say?

The people in the office are fantastic and the atmosphere is always positive. There was obvious care taken to make the lives of the interns nicer, and the events and free food make it that much better. I guess I'd just like to say I'm thankful for the experiences I've had. 

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