Success Stories

From high school intern to published writer in NYC

 

Hannah was a junior at Needham High school, interested in journalism and fashion. After meeting Hannah and learning about her interests, Dr. Jabbawy contacted three seniors at Harvard who had just begun a startup for collegiate women. It’s been very rewarding to follow Hannah’s career, since her high school internship at HerCampus.com.

Hannah (center right) with the founders of HerCampus

HerCampus.com is now the #1 global community for college women, written entirely by the nation’s top college journalists from 340+ campus chapters. Hannah was Her Campus’s first editorial intern in Summer 2010 and continued her involvement with HC as the High School Editor. Hannah was accepted to her dream school, NYU and while there, wrote for Washington Square News, blogs at Mademoiselle Hannah, and the Huffington Post Teen.

The following is her article on Internships:
http://www.hercampus.com/career/intern-day-employee-night-it-possible-balance-internship-part-time-job

Hannah went on to NYU where she studied journalism and history, becoming the assistant features editor at Seventeen Magazine. She has written for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and is the dating editor of Elite Daily. We are excited for Hannah as she received accolades for her first novel, named “A Best Book of Summer” by Refinery 29, Bustle, and Pop Sugar.

FinTech Internships in Boston


FinTech are cutting edge technologies used to support or enable banking and financial services, and are the fastest-growing areas for venture capitalists. Related companies in Boston include LevelUp, Evertrue, Flywire, Circle and Plastiq and more. We are currently reaching out to companies specializing in Financial Technology for our students interested in finance and startups.
Stay tuned to read about students’ success stories in this exciting new area.

A Gap Year Internship in a Boston Film Production Company

 

Drew deferred his acceptance to Trinity, attended a 2 month film school in Maine and turned to us for an internship relating to film. We placed him at a production company where he learned all facets of film making in the studio and on sets.

Drew became a production assistant on location for shows being produced for Animal Planet and the Discovery and History Channels. Drew said the best part was working long days with the crew. The head producer was so impressed with Drew’s efforts that he actually offered him a job.

How Nicole Got Face Time With Dozens Of Investors At Boston’s Ed Tech Accelerator

  Nicole with Asad Butt, the Director of LearnLaunch

With an interest in business, we placed Nicole on a High School Internship followed by a College Internship.

Now that she completed her freshman year of college, we thought that she should gain exposure to what’s very current and exciting in the business world these days. Now that the concept of business startups has matured years beyond companies such as Facebook and Twitter, the business accelerator programs that foster these young companies are expanding rapidly on college campuses and cities around the world. One startup incubator in Boston is quite unique, its mission to help early-stage education technology companies bring their promising technology solutions successfully to market.

LearnLaunch provides seed funding, office space and mentorship for entrepreneurs who have been selected for their innovative ideas related to education technology. The culmination of their three-month program is the final presentation (Demo Day) to hundreds of angel investors and venture capitalists.

 

Words From Nicole’s Journal

In her journal, Nicole tells us what’s she’s been up to on her internship:

Conducted cohort interviews with the CEO’s about the program
Took notes from Cohort Pitches to Angel Investors
Created teacher and tech surveys, questionnaires, activities and flyer for Hackathon Event
Researched Edtech newsletters for relevant information
Organized Edtech Investments, company’s leads, contact list and cohort calendar

What has been the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship has been doing work to prepare for all the events happening at LearnLaunchX, actually working at the events and meeting such a wide variety of business leaders and investors.

Can you describe a situation when you had to be a bit courageous during your internship?

After Demo Day, my boss wanted me to collect the cohort’s feedback about the event, as well as conduct interviews with them about their overall experience at LearnLaunchX.  Since I didn’t know the participants very well yet, I was a little uncomfortable asking for their feedback about Demo Day. In addition, I had to create questions to ask the CEOs of each company about their thoughts on the program. I had never done anything like this before and I wasn’t sure what kind of questions to ask them because I didn’t know much about the program, but in spite of my reservations, it all went very smoothly. 

 

 

Business Internship With Winner Of Harvard’s Innovation Challenge

Matt, a junior at Lexington  Christian Academy was interested in business, and through our contacts with the Harvard Innovation Lab, we established an internship with the winner of Harvard’s Innovation Challenge. This startup, located in Cambridge, MA provides customers with the ability to search, from all electronic devices, hundreds of daily deals sites in order to save more and get deeper discounts.

Matt worked directly under the CEO and his role involved research, marketing, advertising and brainstorming creative pitch ideas. He told us that the highlight of the summer was the chance to set up a booth in Harvard Square to pitch the company. His boss told him that he was responsible for coming up with the entire plan including hiring people for the promotion as well as creating the marketing materials. While as first a bit overwhelmed, Matt quickly rose to the challenge and executed a highly successful event. Matt enjoyed the camaraderie of the team and felt that he made long lasting connections for the future.

A Startup Internship in New York City for a High School Sophomore

 

It was wonderful to discover that Neeraj went on to UCLA after high school and interned at Goldman Sachs last summer, as an investment banking analyst.

So how did Neeraj’s journey in finance begin? When he was at Princeton Day School, in our initial conversation with him, Neeraj told us that his cousins in San Francisco were involved in investment banking. He thought that he might like to have an internship in finance to gain early exposure to the field.

Why he chose to intern for a startup company instead of a financial firm?

We encouraged Neeraj to shift his focus from a financial firm for the time being. We explained that for someone who was age 16, a better idea might be to intern for a startup company, where he would actually be able to be delve into real work, and at the same time, see how businesses get started and funded.

Internships must be educational

We often hear from many parents who tell us that the summer before they contact us, their child interned for a relative or friend of the parents at either a law or financial firm, to their dissatisfaction. The students usually end up filing and photocopying and often get turned off from their experiences. My philosophy at Internship Connection is to make sure, when contacting a potential workplace mentor, that the student will be involved in a variety of tasks and meaningful work. The experience must be educational.

He learned about the financial aspects of running a startup and how to raise money

After researching potential businesses, we connected Neeraj to Privy. A startup funded by investors for over five million dollars, the company offers a local online marketing platform for businesses. Privy’s focus is to make it easy for local merchants to offer in-store promotions on the web that customers can redeem at their locations with their mobile phones, allowing local businesses to enhance local visibility and better target deals to consumers.

We thought that Neeraj, since his family owned a small business, would really be able to understand Privy’s mission and contribute his own ideas. In addition, he could learn about the financial aspects of running a startup and how the founders raise money.

Jake Cohen, Director of Strategy took Neeraj under his wing, providing thoughtful and challenging tasks.

Words from Neeraj’s journal

Question: List the kinds of things that you’ve been doing at work.

  1. Providing Research Analysis on different Venture Capitals and Startup Mentors in a spreadsheet format
  2. Attending and participating in and out of office meetings with different people and companies
  3. Providing insight and suggestions on the Privy Database through examination of the Dashboard
  4. Participating in company calls
  5. Participating in Privy Dashboard analysis
  6. Learning new marketing skills and concepts through real-world situations with Jake.

Question: What has been the best part of your internship?

With many great parts about my internship, the best part is gaining real-world experience while participating in meetings with clients and partners. By sitting in and participating in these meetings, not only am I receiving new marketing knowledge and experience with dealing in people to people situations, but also these meetings have provided me with a new perspective on the inner workings of a company’s growth. Seeing Privy grow daily as a startup has truly been a great part of my internship with both myself and Jake happy with company progress as the weeks go by.

Question: Can you describe a situation during your internship in which you took a risk by putting yourself in a new position, such as meeting new people, asking questions, making suggestions? Write a paragraph or two about this situation explaining how it made you feel and what you learned about yourself as a result.

During the second week of my internship, I was asked by my boss to provide analysis for the new Privy dashboard for merchants and small business owners. By simulating myself as a small business owner, I was able to step into the shoes of the client, a pivotal part of the development of a company, and my primary job was to provide advice and suggestions for the dashboard to make it user-friendly for clients.

Knowing well that by providing valid and beneficial suggestions would boost my reputation as a good intern while helping the company, I was faced with thinking on my feet with pressure to provide good advice. As the simulation continued however, I realized that by focusing on simulating an SMB owner and by focusing on the task at hand without emotional or mental constraint, I was able to provide sound advice without overthinking the situation. The result was positive with some of my advice actually helping and being implemented in the newer edition of the dashboard providing me with some confidence. As a result of this, I started trusting myself and my ideas more as the internship has continued.

A note from Neeraj’s mother, Sudha Devulapalli

Hi Carole,
It was a pleasure talking to you this morning. No amount of words and gratitude is enough for the role you have played in inspiring Neeraj. I really appreciate your valuable suggestion about incorporating Neeraj’s internship experience in to his college essays. I think it is a great idea and will add a lot of value to his essay and application.
Best regards,
Sudha Devulapalli

Penn’s Finance Internship in Boston

Penn recently wrote to us that he was just accepted to the Ross School of Business at U Michigan. He valued his summer internship experience in high school at a financial firm where he was assigned to five different financial consultants.
Penn’s assignments included litigation work, data entry and calculating cost basis into the office system. He learned to use many basic business programs and especially enjoyed creating graphs and working with Excel.

In her letter of recommendation, Penn’s mentor wrote, “It was impressive that Penn sought out an internship before he even entered college. Because we are a financial investment company, Penn learned how financial consultants manage their businesses and what services we provide for our clients. He was able to gain a rounded view of the financial industry.”

New York City Finance Internship for a High School Junior

Scott was a junior at Glen Ridge High School, when after many attempts on his own, he found that it was impossible for a high school student to land an internship at an investment firm in New York City. Our counselor in New York connected Scott to one of the most well known firms and facilitated a unique summer internship. Scott was assigned to the team that oversaw the training program for new analysts. He was able to attend networking and social events as well as training sessions on global corporate strategy and financial market overviews.

In his letter of recommendation, the Vice President of Scott’s division wrote,

Scott was our youngest intern. His high level of maturity and professionalism coupled with his positive “can-do” attitude made him one of our most valued interns…….In summary, Scott is a team player with a maturity level beyond his years. In his short time here, he made an impression upon his colleagues and superiors. I am confident that Scott would be a great asset to any university or place of employment.

Scott described his experience in his college essay:

Walking into my boss’s office with high expectations, and at the same time reservations, I felt I was ready. Little did I realize how ready I would have to be. He greeted me and immediately told me to sit in on a conference call. Having expected to be a “coffee gofer” I knew from that point on, I was going to do something meaningful. What also startled me was the respect I received. I was elated with my first day and knew I would look forward to going to work each day. This experience confirmed my thoughts about the area in which I eventually would want to work.

We Secured A Boston Sports Internship For This High School Sophomore

When I ask young men who have called about our program- “What would be your fantasy internship”, almost always their answer is “Interning for the Boston Red Sox.”  While those coveted spots are few and far between, their response tells me that a sports related internship would be ideal.

Case in point was Billy, a sophomore at Phillips Academy. Billy was already a talented writer, the Head Manager at Press Room Sports: Boston, a sports blog thatprovided regional news, analysis, and opinions from writers who are just as passionate as their readers.” Billy had written weekly on topics ranging from the Celtics’ rebuilding plans to the “State of the NBA.” He had also written weekly articles for the sports and features section of his school newspaper.

We were able to match Billy to one of the coolest and most successful startups located on the Boston Waterfront. Coachup helps athletes reach the next level by connecting them with private coaches in every sport, nationwide.

In his journal, Billy wrote:

“The atmosphere at CoachUp has been awesome and I’ve always felt accepted, even though I’m the youngest in the office. It’s great being able to work in an environment I enjoy, rather than one I dread. My mentor, like the rest of the office, is very upbeat and positive. The environment is young, friendly, and enjoyable.”

What have you been doing there?

Working on my big project: the e-Book. The e-Book is comprised of articles written by myself and other interns with information we’ll be gathering from conducting phone interviews with some of CoachUp’s more notable coaches (i.e. ex-professionals/college notables).

Other projects include:

  • Working with their website
  • Fixing links on their blogs
  • Sifting through messages between coaches and clients
  • Approving/disapproving many coaching applications
  • Writing some of my own video tip blogs

Can you describe a situation during your internship in which you really put yourself out there? How did it made you feel and what did you learn about yourself?

 

A couple of weeks ago I conducted my first phone interview for the e-Book project with former NBA player Lamond Murray. I was kind of nervous at first, because I wasn’t too sure of how seriously he was going to take the interview. I was amazed at how thoughtful he was throughout our conversation and how much information he shared with me about how he grew up playing basketball. I was ecstatic with how well the interview went and even decided to write an extra blog about Lamond’s life because he gave me so much information. The success of Lamond’s interview instilled a lot of confidence in me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first interview.

 

 

Ryan Built Some Serious Cred At This Boston Sports internship

Ryan(left) built some serious cred at this Boston Sports internship.

Sometimes we hear from college students who are taking a semester off or thinking about transferring. In that case, an internship can help refocus goals and perhaps lead to a different career direction.

 

Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters- Taking Advantage of 3 Opportunities

 

Ryan contacted us after he differed his acceptance to Brown University. He hoped to gain some real world experience before college. After spending the fall semester at the University of Barcelona in Spain, taking 3 moths of language classes and traveling, he was ready to come back to Boston and was interested in a Spring semester internship.

Having read a great deal about a new and exciting company in Boston, and knowing that Ryan was somewhat of a sports fanatic, we matched him to an internship at Fancred. Fancred is a TechStars startup and a social network for sports enthusiasts.

At Fancred, Ryan was a quick study. He became the primary contributor for their blog on Tumblr, managed their official Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages and assisted in research and development of content on the site.

“I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience thus far. As an avid sports fan, working with an up and coming sports app is a perfect fit. The employees are enthusiastic and fun loving, which creates an environment in which I feel comfortable working in. The work has been engaging, challenging, and seems integral to the growth of the company. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who loves watching sports, enjoys researching them, and also likes having fun around the work place.” — Ryan

Now that Ryan has experienced a startup, he has expressed an interest in gaining exposure to a bigger company for the summer.

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