Gigi School of Coding is the most complete and advanced program I stumbled upon during my research quest for internships. What made me particularly happy about it was Mistral’s acceptance criteria of Gigi candidates. They handpicked candidates who actually enjoy exploring, learning and problem-solving. Since I am that way too, befriending the Gigi team was so easy, respect for each other came natural, and inspiration was on a very high level. This program helped me connect the dots of the software development cycle and link all its parts together, preparing me, and other candidates, for the real future projects. Not only did I develop my technical skills, but soft skills as well. We had demos and individual presentations regularly, where everyone improved their knowledge of English language and presentational skills. Since we were grouped into teams, we got a taste of what it feels like to work together with people who have different skills, and, to be honest, only now I realize just how important soft skills are in our industry. The manner of teaching in Gigi School of Coding broke the traditional pattern of a teacher-student way of transferring knowledge. Peer-to-peer approach they used was fantastically effective. The friendliness and openness of every employee in Mistral is another aspect of this program worthy of appraisal. We felt as if Mistral was our second home. Once I’ve seen how much our mentors enjoyed doing what they do, it easily transmitted onto us and motivated everyone to do the same. As they often say in Mistral, "knowledge is the only thing that multiplies by sharing". If you are a person eager to learn, you will have more than enough opportunities here in this environment that is a perfect blend of casual and professional!