One ESPN intern is trying to do something about the lack of women in technology writing one line of code at a time.
Haley Derrod is a rising senior studying computer science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn. She is also the goalie for the Bisons’ women’s water polo team. This summer, Haley is interning in ESPN Technology as a part of the Data Platforms Group. Front Row sat down with Haley to ask her a few questions.
How has Bucknell’s computer science program encouraged you to pursue a career in technology?
Bucknell is very inclusive of everyone who wants to study technology, regardless of gender. The professors are extremely helpful, always make themselves available to their students, and encourage us to pursue research opportunities.
Were people surprised when you said you were going to be a computer science major?
No, my friends and family weren’t surprised because I’ve always been a go-getter, trying to work on things that challenge me. Everyone around me, especially my coworkers at ESPN, have been very supportive.
How do you connect water polo with your love for technology?
I started playing water polo my freshman year of high school. I tried it just for fun, but soon found out that I had some natural talent, and I stuck with it. Much like computer science, I thought it would be a fun challenge and I ended up loving it.
Shannon Donohue produced the video.
Bucknell Athletics provided the water polo photo used in the video.