Inesa Milkeryte: How Community Can Make Working From Home Feel Like Normal

Inesa Milkeryte

As the world transitions to a new normal, Nasdaq’s annual internship program is too. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have turned circumstance into a learning opportunity for interns joining us this year to participate in meaningful and long-term projects. 

In the Nasdaq Futures Internship Program, we offer a variety of professional experiences for emerging talent through an immersive 10 to 12-week virtual internship program. From Stockholm to the U.S., meet a few of the bright minds joining us digitally from all around the world. They are playing integral, hands-on roles to help Nasdaq #RewriteTomorrow. Today, we speak with Inesa Milkeryte, a QA and Software Testing Intern at Nasdaq.

Tell us a bit about your position and background.

I am a fourth-year software systems student at Kaunas Technology University in Lithuania. I have never tried a QA job before, only small parts of it in university. The knowledge that I have gained from Nasdaq in just three weeks is immense. As well everyone is supportive and willing to teach and doesn’t expect you to know everything.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on this far, or one that you’re looking forward to?

The project that I currently work on is interesting in its own way. The system that we are testing seems to be not as easy as it might look on the first glimpse. It has a lot of small details that I need to learn in order to do everything perfectly. We are only doing manual testing on it, but I am immensely excited to try automation testing, which I might get to attempt on my next project with a new team three weeks from now.

What about Nasdaq has stood out to you most, now that you are a part of the global team?

One of the main things that Nasdaq showed during this pandemic is that working from home can almost feel like working in the office and much more. Meetings with interns from all of Nasdaq and even meeting the CEO left a bit of a surprise and joy of the opportunities we get from hearing everyone share their experience. In addition, groups, such as WIN, Green Team and more, show a strong community of people trying to assist each other and help the community.

How is this internship supporting your goals long-term?

This position taught me many things about testing, its opportunities and the ladder you can climb from this internship. One of my main goals is to become a project manager one day, and Nasdaq can surely provide me this opportunity to reach my target.

What is your goal as a #NasdaqFam intern?

The main goal of working in this position and being part of this company is to make new connections, learn and use theoretical material in practice, and most importantly, enjoy the chance of being part of Nasdaq, which will hopefully allow me to reach my true potential as a tester.

What advice would you give to future Nasdaq interns?

Don’t be afraid to communicate. Ask for help, and do not be scared to mess things up. Even the best minds go through a lot to get where they are right now. It is never too late to start doing what you wish!

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

Lyanne Alfaro


Lyanne is a producer, host and social media strategist at Nasdaq. Her team helps reimage the way Nasdaq tells stories about Nasdaq’s role in the future of technology via video, podcasting and social content. You can find her on social media @LyanneAlfaro

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