Pharicode Feature: John Dunbar, SkillBridge Intern

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

By: Colleen Kelly | Marketing Assistant

Our team at Pharicode is full of passionate, skilled, and enthusiastic developers, architects, and engineers. If there is one thing we all have in common, it is our passion for IT and business process improvement, especially for our federal clients.

This “Pharicode Feature” spotlights John Dunbar, our newest SkillBridge Intern at Pharicode. The Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge Program allows Active Duty Service members who are within 180 days of separation to accept internships with our organization. SkillBridge is a DoD-authorized program that allows service members who are within one year to six months of separation from the military to complete internships and pre-apprenticeships with approved civilian employers prior to transitioning out of the military.

Read through to learn more about John!

Military Branch: United States Navy

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Why are you interested in IT?

John: I started getting excited about IT as a teenager. A family friend heard that I liked playing Starcraft and he gave me some spare network cards, a floppy disk with some drivers, and a hub so that I could have LAN (local area network) parties with my brother and our friends. It took hours to get it figured out, but it was so satisfying once I could see the computers were finally networked.

What interested you about ServiceNow?

John: One thing that interests me about ServiceNow is how it benefits incident management. It can be really frustrating to troubleshoot an outage only to have it get resolved and not understand how or what caused it in the first place. The solution ServiceNow provides for monitoring the IT infrastructure and tracking changes is fascinating. I also really enjoy scripting and I like how ServiceNow incorporates scripting into the platform. I hope as my career moves forward I can get more experience in Service Portal creating widgets or solving complex problems for customers by creating unique applications.

How did you find the SkillBridge program?

John: I think I might actually be the first person at my command to use the DoD SkillBridge program. I found out about the program while researching my options for transition out of the military.

What are your interests?

John: I enjoy playing video games. If I am feeling adventurous enough to go outside, I also like camping, hiking, canoeing, and sailing.

What are your future plans?

John: I plan to keep building my ServiceNow skills and hopefully become a ServiceNow Certified System Administrator and Certified Application Developer. As for life outside of ServiceNow, I'm leaving the Navy in October and need to figure out where I’d like to live. I have a lot of family in Maine and I am thinking about heading toward the east coast.

Interested in applying for our Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge Program? Learn more here.