Day in the Life Site Visit Provides New Opportunity for Merrimack Student

April 19, 2016
Sophomore Computer Science student, Joanna Gormley, recently accepted an opportunity to participate in Dyn’s Hackademy. Joanna is a member of the Honors Program, WMCK Radio club, Society of Women Engineers, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Joanna learned more about Dyn during a site visit sponsored by the O’Brien Center for Career Development over Winter Break.

Dyn, located in Manchester, NH, is a cloud based Internet Performance Management company that helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online performance for an exceptional end-user experience. Each year they host a Hackademy, a four-day, invite-only program for  20 to 30 computer science, engineering, education or healthcare students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college.The program features coding workshops, networking opportunities, and a mini hackathon where students work in teams to develop apps that can be deployed.

Joanna credits the O’Brien Center for opening her eyes to the opportunities at Dyn. “I first heard about Dyn’s Hackademy when I was researching the company prior to attending the Day in the Life Site Visit over Christmas Break. After visiting Dyn my interest in the company increased.” Along with the Day in the Life program, Joanna also attended the Spring Career Fair, walk-in hours, and works regularly with her Career Advisors.

The O’Brien Center for Career Development offers site visits to provide students the opportunity to connect with professionals in their field of interest and experience the workplace first hand. Since the first site visit in January 2015, over 100 students have visited 18 companies.

If you are interested in taking advantage of any of these opportunities, contact the O’Brien Center or at

By Courtney Krause
Courtney Krause Marketing Intern