Gerry Thiers seems to have experienced it all. As a senior, he has already had the opportunity to immerse himself in areas including finance, marketing, computer science, and theater. While he has pursued internships in a few of these areas, what spoke to him most was his internship at Public Good Software (PGS), where his computer science background kicked in full force. PGS is a 3-year-old startup that has created a platform to connect organizations that need donations to people who are willing to donate.
Thiers joined the team as the 6th employee, and worked as a backend software engineer, coding in many different languages. At PGS, Thiers, states, “You have to be original. You have to be a thinker.” Working as a backend software engineer, Thiers learned how to be forward-thinking enough in the algorithm process to see how he could reduce future issues. As he was only 1 of 6 employees at the startup, he not only held a great amount responsibility, but he also experienced a steep learning curve. “I like a challenge. I embraced it. I worked 12-15 hours a day,” says Thiers.
At PGS, Thiers was surrounded by hard-working people, who were dedicated to the job. As Thiers states, “They believe in the cause. They believe this can really work. They believe in the founding member.” He felt like this was where he needed to be. At PGS, he was able to carry a lot of responsibility, more than at a big corporation and felt like he was making a bigger impact on his community.
As Thiers enjoys his last year at Georgetown, he is planning a future hopefully at a startup, where he feels he can make the biggest impact. Although PGS is only 3 years old, Gerry sees the company going in a positive direction. As Gerry so sharply states, “Startups are needed in this country to boost our economy. We are such a service-based economy…We need to transfer back to an economy that brings more products to the table. If that product is software, then that’s great,” says Thiers.