New York City has always been one of the best places in the world to work, and with the influx of innovative startups moving into town, it’s only getting better. Quora defines a startup as an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Startups are often product-centric and characterized by innovation.
We recently partnered with Brainscape and invited our community to attend their Startup Intern Mixer. Inspired by the attendees, we reached out to current startup interns to learn more about what makes interning at a startup company such a unique experience.
David Morgan, Intern at Etsy
When you are hired as an intern, you are given an incredible learning opportunity. At a startup, however, you are learning in an environment where growth and innovation happens daily. Not only are you witnessing that growth firsthand, but your helpful contributions are often noticed and encouraged. It is truly a fantastic space to be in.
Jeremy Blum, Intern at MakerBot
Working at a startup affords me the ability to get exposure to all aspects of the company. As an engineer at makerbot industries I’ve done everything from building electronics to representing us at trade shows to setting up a hiring system. I also love meeting people with different skill sets and interests.
Jiayi Ying, Intern at Of a Kind
Often times interns are the ones who spearhead a project and see it through. I’ve had the amazing opportunities to write for the site and initiate our Pinterest presence, and to see those stories be received well and our social media engagement grow is very rewarding. Bigger picture-wise, it’s also neat to see the company itself grow. I started interning at Of a Kind last summer, and in the past year, we’ve gone from releasing one edition a week to three and from one site design to another. It’s eye-opening to think about how much we’ve changed, but also really exciting. Not to mention, it’s pretty fantastic to be able to interact day-in and day-out with the founders.
Catherine Guo, Intern at Brainscape
I love working at a startup because I know I am contributing to a product that is innovative and useful for people like you and me. I’ve learned so many important skills during my internship, and I’m particularly excited that I now know how to make animated gifs! Plus, I like going to work in jeans and a t-shirt.
Andrew Bell, Intern at Contently
I can’t speak generally to what makes working in a startup special, but I can and would love to speak about what makes Contently special. It starts at the top. While the company is energetic and agile, it also has the luxury of being guided by three founders who have an infectious spirit and are determined to help Contently realize it’s lofty aspirations. Buoyed by the founders energy and open and inclusive work style, the rest of the company has adopted Contently as their baby and revel in the chance to help it soar. As an editorial intern I have been granted the rare opportunity to be a part of and see the many facets of the company and ive been pleased to find a place that has such a strong esprit d corps and isn’t restricts by the archaic limitations at other larger companies.
Gabrielle Gulo, Intern at Skillshare
At startups, projects and ideas change on a daily, even hourly basis–which keeps things fresh and exciting–so you need energy, passion, the ability to hustle. Startups won’t waste your time because there is no time to waste: they’ll toss you in the deep end and expect you to swim, which is both terrifying and awesome but you get so much more responsibility. You’ll make mistakes and you’ll fail hard, but it’s the best way to learn. You learn by doing. You learn to get shit done. You learn to crush it.