At Sparkmate I spent my first month making coffee... but it's not what you're thinking! While many people dream of spending a summer at Morgan Stanley, an internship with Morgan Pelissier is definitely more appealing. 😉
As an engineering student in Grenoble and winner of the Science & Vie Junior 2015 competition, I was lucky enough to discover Sparkmate, one of the few companies hiring during COVID-19. It's my first experience living in Paris and I really love being in a team where diversity and passion for technology is at an all-time high.
Taking on creative and ambitious projects clearly mirrors the team spirit!
What does my internship look like? Imagine the ideal start-up: energy to spare, a great sense of autonomy and fun after work parties. I must confess that for a do-it-yourself and dynamic person like me, I couldn't have asked for a better place.
Multidisciplinarity is an integral part of Sparkmate's DNA.
From day one, they entrusted me to give the best of myself by suggesting many interesting projects I could work on to learn new skills. It was thrilling!
Multidisciplinarity is an integral part of Sparkmate's DNA and as I am interested by a wide variety of topics, this internship allows me to learn continuously, on sujects such as:
- Embedded systems
- Mechanical design
- App development
- 3D printing
An international and open-minded team of experts
I love the energy radiating from this multicultural team. I have always been able to rely on them to guide my choices and progress in my missions. I learn as much from their technical expertise as from their open-minded vision.
Fun fact, for a team of less than 10 people, we all have different technical backgrounds and speak more than ten languages, including Chinese, Belarusian, Mauritian Creole, Russian, etc.
It love leaving from easy-going people who are real experts in their domains and who know how to make any task look fun. During Rocking Fridays, for example, the whole team gets together to work on in-house projects and share nice gathering time together.
As an intern, my daily routine includes working on the projects which are usually carried out by the team during these Rocking Fridays. Among these, one occupied most of my first month: the automation of the coffee machine!
Learning by doing = Sparkmate's philosophy
No project is too ambitious for Sparkmate! 😉 Open to all new and promising innovations, we constantly adapt and learn new skills thanks to bold creativity.
It was really fun because it's exactly the situation I dived into when I arrived: I had a project to carry out and plenty of concepts to learn.
An essential tip to work at Sparkmate: get started, have fun and learn!
From my first day on, I was directly implementing this philosophy as they offered me a delicate task! This mission was key as it could improve our daily-life by saving our time and improving our efficiency…. with the automation of the coffee machine ! 😄
An automatic coffee machine?
Imagine the time we saved thanks to these mods! Who wants to waste precious minutes dealing with this essential element, or even whole hours, given some people's consumption! 😂
It was great to pool the skills of Sparkmate’s engineers to complete this project. Considering the essential place of this machine, I clearly had no room for error. No pressure! 😉
It was divided into several parts:
- Increase the capacity of the coffee tank (objective> 1kg to last the week!) ^^'
- Automation of water filling
- Drainage of grounds and used water
As always, nothing was as simple as that. I had some technical challenges to take into account:
Obviously, all these functions had to be implemented while keeping the guarantee of the current machine, and without interruption of service! 😉
Pick a job you love and you won't have to work a day in your life.
If someone had told me that I would have enjoyed spending the summer in Paris, I would not have believed it before!
While in the majority of internships the intern label can be quite heavy to wear, I was immediately welcome in the team. I really loved my first month because I didn't expect to be so independent and to be able to work my own projects independently. It's crazy how time flies when you do what you love and when you are well surrounded!