Meet the team: software engineering intern, Michael Cao

August 24, 2023
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Meet the team! In this edition, we share a glimpse into what our Databento interns contributed during their time with us. Gain insight into intern projects, how interns fit into our company, and how we set them up for success beyond their time with us. If you're interested in joining us, check out our careers page!

Introducing software engineering intern, Michael Cao.

When asked why he decided to intern with Databento, Michael shared:

"I was immediately captivated by Databento’s mission to redefine access to market data by eliminating time and cost barriers. So many aspects of the company, from its culture to its technology stack, aligned with my interests, which is why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to intern here."

During his time at Databento, Michael worked cross-functionally with several teams and took ownership of an impactful software engineering project involving WebSocket APIs.

"I felt seamlessly integrated into the company. I found it incredibly valuable to gain substantial exposure not only to my team’s activities but also to those of other departments through active participation in meetings. Additionally, my intern project, which revolves around using WebSockets to facilitate ad-hoc streaming of messages for notifications, batch download progress, and data usage, has provided me with the chance to take ownership and build an API from the ground up, collaborate closely with multiple teams, and deliver software that effectively addresses key business challenges."

Michael noted the guidance, feedback, and knowledge he gained from his Databento colleagues.

"Within the team, everyone is extremely driven, skilled, knowledgeable, and willing to help. I’ve received invaluable feedback on my work and have gained a wealth of knowledge from others here."

Not only does Michael have notable experiences to build upon at Databento he has an encouraging story that highlights the relationship between tech and healthcare. His inspiration to pursue software engineering came from his desire to help pediatric patients at children's hospitals in his hometown.

"My proudest accomplishment, which inspired me to study computer science in college and go into software and tech, was creating a VR experience for pediatric patients to help prepare them for frightening procedures like MRI scans. I collaborated with children’s hospitals in my home city and am very proud of the impact I was able to make."

Michael is a creative individual that stays busy working on passion projects, including his latest mobile app involving photos and videos, playing instruments, and staying active.

"Outside of work, I enjoy working on passion projects and hacking on problems I face. Currently, I’m working on a mobile photos and videos app that aims to help users bring the narratives out of the photos in their camera roll. In my spare time, I also love listening to electronic music, playing piano and guitar, and staying active by working out and playing tennis."

"Don’t be afraid to go beyond the scope of your project and suggest improvements where you see fit. It’s a good exercise to pay attention to problems or pain points and it never hurts to propose new ideas!"

If Michael's internship sounds interesting to you, check out our careers page to explore our open internship opportunities! If you don't see the role for you, send us your resume—we're always on the lookout for outstanding talent.