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We think our internships are great, but we might be biased.

Take it from past z|Interns, many of whom are now full-time employees, some for as long as 10+ years.

Colton Rodgers

Colton Rodgers  |  Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Summer 2014  |  Drake University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
Zirous offered me a chance to get real world experience in the fields that I was pursuing and seemed to me like the flexible company that I would like to work for, as well as giving me challenges each and every day so that I could better hone my talents and skills.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
The people I would be working with, and the everyday atmosphere that would come with it. It felt like the right place for me. A place where I am continually challenged in work that I enjoy doing and learning about is a place where I know I can thrive and help the business thrive as well.

Chris Kelley  |  Application Developer
Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016; Part-Time: Fall 2014, Winter 2015  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I had work experience at a vary large company that required me to do the same specific task everyday, which did not suit me. With Zirous, the amount of projects I could work on and seeing its whole project life cycle was exactly what I was missing. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do when I graduated at that point in my degree, and Zirous let me experience so many technologies to help me decide. Also, the company culture really resonated with me; I felt comfortable and enjoyed coming to work from the very beginning.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous is a great place to continuously learn and develop into a stronger and more well rounded professional. Everyone always wants you to succeed and provides you the tools to do so. Team members are always willing to listen and provide feed back. I get to work with very exciting technologies in Big Data and Machine Learning which I find fun, challenging, and interesting.

Chris Kelley
Erin Putrah

Erin Putrah  |  Solutions Architect
Spring 2004  |  Simpson College

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous for an internship because I visited their booth at the Iowa State job fair and thought the job would be a good fit for me and that the people I met there would be fun to work with.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I liked that working in consulting allowed me to work with lots of other technical people and on a variety of different types of projects, and I really enjoyed working with them during my internship.

Luke Wenz  |  Senior Solutions Architect
Summer 2006  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous for an internship for the opportunities to further develop the technical skills I learned in my classes and to get real world experience.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I liked the opportunity to be a full-stack developer and not siloed off in a small technical niche. I also enjoyed the high quality employees I could learn from both technically and from a professional perspective. Finally, I liked the laid back company culture and the flexibility it provided for work life balance.

Luke Wenz
Dan Doyle

Dan Doyle  |  Infrastructure Engineer
Summer 2017; Part-Time: Fall 2017  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I had worked on numerous group projects with someone who had previously interned here and he always seemed like he knew how to deal with any situation in those projects. I saw Zirous as a place to learn more than what my classes would teach me.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Comparing my summer internship with previous workplace experiences really helped me decide that Zirous was where I wanted to start my career. Everyone I worked with on a daily basis was knowledgeable and helpful, and the culture of the office worked well for me.

Travis Munn  |  Senior Application Developer
Summer 2008  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
As a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshman, Zirous was one of the few companies that would even give me the time of day at the career fair, and the person that I first spoke with was none other than the CEO, Mike McDermott. Despite being younger than many other students applying for the internship at Zirous, I was given just as much opportunity to prove my worth, and that stuck with me. That first impression gave me a great taste of the company culture at Zirous; regardless of age or seniority, if you can provide something of value, your voice will be heard.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous isn’t interested in simply hiring “code monkeys”; they want high-quality problem solvers who will continue to grow and push the company forward. Working at Zirous goes so far beyond simply receiving a list of requirements and pumping out software to fit the specifications. I’ve seen development practices in other companies that force a rigid formula when creating software – if the requirements say “the system needs to have feature X and then Y” then that’s what was created, with no wiggle room.  Zirous enables and encourages its employees to look at the big picture and identify “what problem is it that we’re actually trying to solve?”  No one at Zirous is simply a cog in the corporate machine; everyone has the ability to speak up and have their opinion heard. And when it comes down to creating software, I have full confidence in the ability of each of my colleagues.

Travis Munn
Tally Gullickson

Tally Gullickson  |  Senior Business Analyst
Summer 2014  |  Drake University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose an internship with Zirous because it offered me a chance to try out my developer skills on a real project. At that point in my life, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my degree and this was a fantastic opportunity to try on a more technical role. It was great for applying the things I learned in the classroom to real life and learning so much more on top of that. I am so grateful that I did because it made me realize that development wasn’t my passion. I was able to shadow a Business Analyst within the company during my internship and I found it to be a much better fit for me.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous offered a unique way to use my analytical skills to help other companies solve their problems. Unlike a more traditional Business Analyst role, I really liked the idea of working on a new project every 6 months to a year with new clients. I get to enjoy the technical aspects of finding a solution with developers and also working with clients to figure out requirements and process improvements.

Tony Brimeyer  |  Senior Solutions Architect
Spring 2007, Summer 2007; Part-Time: Fall 2007  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
One of my “nice-to-have” requirements for an internship/employment was that I didn’t want to spend my career working on or maintaining a single piece of technology or a single project, so for the Fall 2006 career fair Zirous Inc. was on my list for that reason. In terms of the interview process, it could not have been more different. My interviews with large companies were on-site at Iowa State and impersonal, compared to the Zirous on-site interview and the welcoming atmosphere. Everyone was genuinely interested in showing me what Zirous was all about as much as interviewing me to find out if I would be a fit.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
It was never work for me. I was learning at a much faster pace as an intern at Zirous than I was at ISU while at the same time realizing how much there was that I didn’t know. None of that would have been possible if there wasn’t an open-door culture. I always felt like I was able to ask anyone questions, and if they didn’t know the answer they would introduce me to someone that did and would be just as willing to help. At the time, the thing I liked the most about software development was that when you get a group of people working cohesively, you can build something better than the sum of what each person can do individually. I knew I could experience that here.

Tony Brimeyer
Matt Krueger

Matt Krueger  |  Application Developer
Summer 2015, Summer 2016  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
Zirous presented truly interesting summer projects. My intern program was focused wholly on developing my skill set and they devoted a generous amount of resources to doing so. The work applied what was taught in university and successfully expanded my practical skills in diverse and new areas.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous has a fantastic staff of people I love to work with and learn from. Employees are treated very well, being relaxed, flexible, and highly respectful of work-life balance. As a professional, I grew much more during my internships at Zirous than I did at other companies and I knew that focus on professional development would continue throughout full-time employment. The projects you work on and technology you use here are highly diverse, keeping the work fresh and maintaining a rewarding experience full of new and exciting opportunities.

Ben Alibasic  |  Senior Application Developer
Summer 2011  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous because during the interview process the people that interviewed me did so in a way that was not intimidating. While interviewing at other companies I noticed a weird sense of expecting someone at an intern position to know a lot of information. The interview focused more on my learning and communication abilities which led me to believe that this would be a place that could nurture the potential that I saw in myself. I was also asked genuine questions about my life outside of school and work and felt a very quick connection to the Zirous staff interviewing me. There was also a presentation to break away from the interview process and let me interact with Zirous employees on a more personal level. (The free lunch was great too, for a college student.)

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Right from the start I got to work on an actual client project and a vast amount of new technologies that I had little experience with. I got to expand my knowledge very quickly with the guidance of my fellow employees. Eventually when the time was right and I had gained enough experience I was working on my own projects with little supervision and even got to train other employees using what I have learned over my time here. This trust in me made me work harder and appreciate the freedom I got. There are many senior resources with a wide array of experience in different technologies and everyone was always willing to answer questions and help you learn. Another great factor is the flexibility at the company in being able to try new things, take time off, or work around special scheduling when needed.

Ben Alibasic
MaKenzie Kalb

MaKenzie Kalb  |  Senior Application Developer
Summer 2013  |  Vanderbilt University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I was looking for a place to use my engineering skills and apply them to problem solving in a software development context. I was looking forward to a summer of learning and developing my coding skills since I was not originally a computer engineering or computer science major.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I kept coming back to Zirous as a front runner in my search because of the caliber of people I knew I’d have the opportunity to work with, as well as the cutting edge technologies and continuous learning opportunities I knew would be a part of working for a company like Zirous.

Kevin Mathes  |  Application Developer Intern
Summer 2018  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose to accept an internship at Zirous for many different reasons. These reasons include: I had an enjoyable time talking with the Zirous members at the career fair. I was told that I would be researching topics that the company is interested in, not just completing simple apps or tasks. The workspace at Zirous was very comfortable and spacious looking when I initially visited.

What did you enjoy most about your internship at Zirous?
I enjoyed the communication amongst employees at Zirous. As an intern, I could talk to anyone and ask for feedback. I would receive many different opinions along with pointers for the future. I had an awesome time working with Zirous over the summer! It was a very valuable experience and I learned a lot of new things during my internship.

Katie Perkins  |  Application Developer Intern
Summer 2017, Summer 2018; Returning Summer 2019  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
Zirous seemed like the best fit for me. It was close to home and most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to learn more. I didn’t just apply what I’ve been learning in school to a project. I was able to learn new skills and technologies that will help me in future classes and work after I graduate.

What have you enjoyed most about your internships at Zirous?
What I love most about Zirous is the people. Everyone wants to help you grow, whether it’s in your area of interest or in your professional skills. I could go up to anyone and ask them about what they do or to get advice from them.

Katie Perkins
Kaitlin Sickles

Kaitlin Sickles  |  Application Developer Intern
Summer 2018  |  Drake University

What did you like about your internship project?
My Zirous internship allowed me to explore a subject that I hadn’t had much experience in before. Now, I have first hand knowledge of how machine learning is being applied in industries.

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
Zirous is an excellent place to gain the knowledge needed in the working world. You will build great relationships and develop skills that will help you in the future. Everyone welcomed me to the company, and treated me like a full time employee.

Allie Tucker  |  Application Developer Intern
Summer 2018  |  Iowa State University

What did you like about your internship project?
I was able to learn things that are beyond the scope of classroom. Zirous showed me that there is always a bigger picture behind every technical concept and remembering this will create even better results.

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
Zirous is a great place to experience how integral a diverse set of skills are for a workplace to succeed. I was impressed by the way everyone’s skills add to Zirous.

Allie Tucker
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