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Benedict Kohler ’23 uses his specializations in computer science and mathematics as part of his software engineer summer internship.
By: Mike Falk
Monday, August 9, 2021 11:46
Benoît Kohler ’23
Even though Benedict Kohler ’23 is the best player on Muhlenberg’s men’s tennis team, and even though he is a trainee in London, just a half hour walk from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, he does never went to see the Wimbledon Championships. this summer.
“I should have gone,” he admits.
This is perhaps the only regret Kohler has from his summer experience. Kohler is a software engineer intern at Publicis Sapient, a digital transformation company founded in Massachusetts in 1990 that now has branches in 17 countries.
Publicis Sapient helps businesses grow their online presence and stay on top of technology. Along with five other members of his team, Kohler is writing a DevOps automation platform for a European energy company.
“A company like Facebook, for example, updates the software about 50 times a day,” he says. “And you never see Facebook go down because they have really good systems that integrate the software into the existing platform very quickly. So what I’m building is something similar to what Facebook would have.
Kohler and his team expect a first working version of the project to be completed by the end of his internship, with professional engineers putting the finishing touches on it. When not working on his main project, Kohler is also collaborating with his team on a corporate social responsibility project and has the opportunity to tap into the expertise of senior leaders at the company.
“It’s all just a great learning experience,” says Kohler, who could be offered a job at the end of his internship at the end of August, the day before he returns to the United States for his first year at Muhlenberg. .
A native of South Africa who is staying with his family in London, the frequent traveler Kohler has found a home in Allentown.
“People in general are very welcoming on campus, very friendly,” he says. “I spent quite a bit of time there and kind of got along with a lot of people there.”
Among the people with whom he got along are the professors of his two majors, computer science and mathematics. Kohler has a perfect GPA after four semesters, taking courses such as Software Engineering and Database Systems that are directly relevant to his current internship.
He’s also found that the thinking and reasoning skills he learned in his other major give him an edge.
“Literally every day I have to soak up something that I’ve never done before,” he says. “My specialization in mathematics sets me apart from other trainees. I think computer science is great, but at its core computer science just applies reasoning and develops from math. So I think studying math at Muhlenberg really helps in this internship, because it helps me think about things a little deeper.