What’s It Like to be a Co-Op at Patientco?
By Sarah Dang
I first heard about Patientco at the Georgia Tech College of Computing’s Spring Career Fair in 2017. I was waiting in line to speak with the “recruiter,” Sean Joyce, Vice President of Product and Engineering (who is now my incredible supervisor and mentor).
I glanced at the poster next to the booth, trying to figure out what Patientco does (they’re a patient payments solution) and whether I would actually find it interesting. I had no idea that the decision to give Patientco a chance would lead me to find a new career path—one filled with hilarious and hardworking people, learning opportunities I wouldn’t have had in the classroom, the freedom to choose my own experiences, and… did I mention… endless free food??
Seriously, the kitchen has all the snacks you could want. Fridays are the best because they have weekly catered lunches from restaurants all over Atlanta.
Besides the food, Patientco has opened many opportunities for me that I didn’t even know were possible. In my time here, I’ve:
- Built an Amazon Alexa skill that helps patients pay their bills
- Traveled to Chicago to attend an Amazon Web Services conference
- Spoken at a Tech Talk about my experiences
- Eaten lunch with one of the co-founders of the company
- Managed a team of my peers
- Led meetings with the heads of all the development teams
- Implemented Google Login to our main patient portal
I think it’s safe to say that not many interns have had a similar experience. And it’s all thanks to the culture of openness, freedom, growth, and development that the founders and employees made sure to foster from the very beginning. That’s why I find Patientco to be so special: employees are given the freedom to work at their own schedule, explore their interests, share and act on their ideas, support each other, and take a well-deserved break every once in a while.
One of the things I like best about my co-op experience with Patientco is the flexibility. When I have new ideas or interests, I can tell someone and move my learning in the direction that best fits my personality and career goals.
I love that I have the chance to really make a difference in the company and our application. Whether it’s giving feedback on different company initiatives or making changes to the code base and pushing to production, I know that I’m treated just like any other full-time developer and that my thoughts, ideas, and hard work will not go to waste.
Whenever people ask me if I like working at Patientco, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful things I’ve experienced and the amazing and accomplished people I’ve met. It’s the end of my second semester here, and I’m already looking forward to the interesting and exciting challenges I’ll experience when I come back in the Fall!
By: Sarah Dang
Software Engineering Co-Op
Computer Science, Georgia Tech
Class of 2019