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Summer Internship 2022: Maha Attique ‘ 25

July 11, 2022


Name: Maha Attique

Class Year: 2025

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan

Internship Organization: LITS

Job Title: Digital Technology Intern

Location: Bryn Mawr, PA

Background

Hey! My name is Maha (she/they), and I am a rising sophomore here at Bryn Mawr College. Over the summer, being a part of the Digital Tech Internship has given me an opportunity to get a first-hand experience of what it’s like to work with the different tools and resources in the BMC Makerspace. 

What being a ‘Maker’ means to me…

As a computer science major, I’d always considered myself to be a digital ‘maker’. Most of my experience was limited to digital sources, whether it was related to programming or content creation. Going into the Makerspace with the knowledge that part of the work would include familiarizing myself with digital fabrication equipment and the tools in the wood shop was certainly a step outside of my comfort zone. Working with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, which happened to be the initial process of operating both the sticker printer and the laser cutter was relatively easy for me to understand. But when it came to operating and running the machines to make physical copies of the digital products, I found it to be a lot more nerve-wracking because the approach to working the machines in the Makerspace is a lot more nuanced and detailed than what I was used to. It took me a while to get comfortable with the idea of operating the machines, and it’s still something I would not do alone/without guidance. But the experience of having learnt something new was very fulfilling, and it gave me more things to look forward to over the course of this internship. 

What’s happening at the internship…

A large part of working in the Makerspace has been working as a team to make the space more accessible and inclusive, which has been a learning experience for me. The inclusive design thinking workshop was helpful in shifting my perspective to focus on thinking of ways to restructure the Makerspace so that it can be accessible to the largest percentage of the Bryn Mawr College population. Particularly, learning about concepts like Universal Design and how they can be implemented to improve the accessibility of a space was something I was introduced to for the first time, and that prompted me to think of different ways and practices that can be incorporated into re-organizing the Makerspace and its resources to improve accessibility, as well as functionality. The project management workshop also gave us the proper tools to devise a workflow and map out the aims and goals of this internship, which was really helpful in prioritizing and scheduling individual and collaborative tasks. 

What I am excited about…

Moving forward with this internship, I am particularly looking forward to finishing up the process of designing and building the webpage and getting started on creating instruction material for the equipment in the Makerspace because it will give me a chance to dive deeper into creating content, as well as get better acquainted with the tools in the Maker-space!