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.
Carlisle High School
Brendan is a very well rounded student who enjoys learning, especially chemistry and biology. Also, as a skier and outdoor enthusiast he became very interested in conservation and sustainability. Combining these interests, we matched Brendan to the CEO of a company that was developing an innovative and sustainable way to manufacture mosaics, using a robotic manufacturing process.
Brendan worked in production and conducted small engineering projects. He designed methods to unload tile tubes more efficiently, designing a stopper, creating a prototype and then testing the design.
In his journal, Brendan wrote, “I learned a lot of math and science in school, but never had the chance to apply these concepts to real life processes. I enjoy discussing ways to make tangible systems more efficient and sustainable. An added feature of my internship has been the experience of working in a start-up company environment. I am gaining a lot of experience by observing my co-workers in action and watching how decisions are made and problems tackled. I love how the CEO and founders are in the same room as the production workers and engineers.
I was able to sit with the co-founder responsible for marketing who discussed strategies for marketing their products. We talked for about an hour about their evolution and also discussed the difference between working for a big company and starting your own. Now I have come to understand the difficulty of taking the initial risk and am inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and the hard work involved.”
The CEO wrote Brendan’s letter of recommendation: “Brendan made an immediate impact with our engineering and production team. Despite being only a high school student, he was able to integrate well with engineers and offer insightful ideas. He quickly mastered the production processes and began working on ways to improve them. Brendan got his first taste of engineering by pinpointing problems, designing solutions, prototyping solutions and then fabricating those solutions. He designed methods to make our tile inspection station as automated and comfortable as possible. His insights allowed our full time production workers not only to work more comfortably and sustainably, but also to see new ways of approaching production improvements.
After being immersed in the startup environment Brendan has made it clear that he wishes to start his own company some day. He definitely has a passion for knowledge in many fields and I feel he is excited about combining technology with one of his broad interests, including, music, social sciences, sports, or conservation. I believe Brendan has the entrepreneurial and pioneering drive to make the strongest contribution to any college he applies to.”
Freshman at Syracuse University major: Theatre and Fashion Design
Caroline had won numerous statewide awards in high school for technical excellence in costume design. The Internship Connection placed her with a prestigious theatre company in Boston where she stitched costumes in the costume shop as well as working for the costume head of Emerson College’s theatre department.
Caroline wrote, “Everything worked out very well. I met some great people and learned a lot. It was an experience that I know will help me out in the future. Thank you so much for helping me find this internship.”
Junior at Concord-Carlisle High School
Will already had an impressive resume. He was hired by his school to create their website, worked in programming after school for a local company, and started his own on-line website where DJ’s create play lists for users. Will’s internship objective was to improve his understanding of web technology and media by interning at a web 2.0 company.
After extensive research we were able to establish an internship at a well known start-up matched exactly to Wills interest in media and music. “I have been working with the founder as well as their web guru to brainstorm and prototype software that would enhance their software offerings. For instance, I have made a functioning prototype of software that allows employees to quickly add new KeyFeeding sources to the platform. The goal of my work is to demonstrate an early functioning version of software that could be re-coded by engineering and added to the production version, allowing management to assess the value of the potential new feature before committing valuable engineering resources.”
When we visited during the summer, Will proudly showed us that they placed his name on the door of the office where he worked. When asked what the best part of his internship was, Will wrote, “The opportunity to work directly with the founder (pictured with Will in the photo) on a daily basis has been phenomenal, and far more access than I had expected. I have also had great experiences with many other employees, all who are willing to help me solve a problem or brainstorm ideas. I have had many discussions where I have actually felt as if I was having a say in the direction the company will take in various areas, something which I would have hardly dreamed of coming into the internship. Separately, I was also able to sit in a few days ago on their quarterly meeting, where they discussed the current situation and future direction of the company, an experience I found extremely valuable, as I look to someday start my own business.”
Will was actually hired to work there after school during his senior year. We are sure that he will enjoy these professional contacts for many years to come.
Todd Stone, a writer for “Business Insider” in New York City contacted me about our students interested in entrepreneurship. We had quite an interesting conversation and I was happy to tell him that many students lately have a real interest in business. I love placing students with young entrepreneurs who may be 5-10 years older and just a few steps ahead of them career wise. The mentors are so enthusiastic about their new ventures and our students learn what it takes to create and run a successful business including all the highs and lows. Students learn about venture funding, marketing, managing employees, the importance of networking and much, much more.
Currently we have placed students with interests in entrepreneurship at: a young NYC digital marketing agency, a Harvard University incubator, a science related start-up in the Boston Innovation District, a fashion forward start-up on the Boston waterfront and a focus group for a new beauty company in NYC.
“My son is great in math. He may be interested in engineering but is not sure if he should apply to a liberal arts college or engineering school.”
Getting exposure in high school to a field the student may be interested in gives them the chance to “try on” a career. They will absorb the work culture, understand what the day-to-day experience is like and the types of projects people work on. Often the experience confirms a career interest but sometimes the student realizes that field is not right for them. It’s certainly better to discover this early on. These days too many students lose time and money by changing their college majors mid- course.
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“One person might review transcripts, test scores and counselor recommendations, while the other handles extracurricular activities and essays.
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Could your Business Benefit from an Intern?
The U.S. Labor Department rolled out new guidelines for 2018 that make it easier for companies to hire unpaid interns.
Our highly structured, educational program has always met the strictest guidelines for both paid and unpaid internships. We have matched talented interns to startups and businesses for last fourteen years. Students are pre-screened, receive assistance with resume, interview prep and are supervised during their placements. Interns add value in many areas including research, social networking, marketing and more.
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