Mentors and Workplaces

An Inspiring Workplace For Boston’s Entrepreneurial Community

Cartoon Wallpaper, A Swinging Work Table and Free Beer

Does that sound like the sedate office spaces of the past? This past summer, we were welcomed for an on- site visit to We Work, a co-working office space in Boston and site of Travis, our marketing intern.

As we research and contact new businesses for our students’ internships, we are amazed at the exciting opportunities in Boston’s innovative and entrepreneurial culture.

“WeWork is an amazing platform for creators — providing beautiful workspaces and a vibrant, valuable community to freelancers, startups, artists, small businesses and even divisions of large corporations all around the world. Their two Boston buildings are bustling with over 2,000 people who embody an energy that’s off the charts.”

                                                                     -Marlo Fogelman, the CEO of  Marlo Marketing

Stay tuned for our next blog to hear about Travis’ internship!

 

An Inspiring Internship at PayPal’s Boston Headquarters

Are you thinking about a college internship in Boston? What could be more exciting than a summer internship in the ultra modern PayPal headquarters? Harrison, a student at Babson College, told us about his interest of interning at a startup, so we established an internship for him at an exciting company in PayPal’s business incubator, Start Tank, which offers entrepreneurs free office space in downtown Boston, along with seminars and mentorship from PayPal employees.

 

Harrison had a very successful interview on a Friday and went to work immediately on Monday! At Cylent Systems, he interned for the two founders, seasoned entrepreneurs who sold their last company to IBM. Cylent Systems is a high tech startup that delivers automatic real-time disruption of cyber attacks and a 24×7 response service to businesses and organizations.

 

                                                                        Working at PayPal

 

Harrison: “I’ve enjoyed working with my mentors Mike and Jack, as well as all of the other founders at Start Tank. Everyone that I have met has been very friendly and my mentors have acted more like teachers than bosses. To best describe the environment at the Start Tank it would be similar to a giant library with small study groups working on their own projects.

 

I’ve vastly enjoyed the work I have done, which has included researching similar companies’ strategies and creating lists of potential clients to contact. I have also researched competitors. That research included their fundraising, financial statistics, revenue and all demographics. I have been able to sit in on meetings with design partners and clients who will be testing our beta product. I have found the work very meaningful and I have also learned a great deal about computer security and hacking.”

 

                                                                        Lunch with My Bosses

“My favorite part of the internship was being able to go out to lunch everyday with both of my bosses. It has allowed me to get to know both of them on more of a personal level and I have been able to ask questions about starting a business, something that I tentatively plan to do when I’m out of college. It’s also been great because I have been able to try a lot of really great restaurants close to us, and because of that I’m a huge fan of Thai food.”

 

Lessons about Speaking Up

“One time I was sitting in on a meeting with the engineers. I by no means have any kind of knowledge about computers or programming so while I felt a bit timid, I kept asking  questions about the software. This turned out to be helpful because I better grasped the concept of how anti-virus software works and in turn I acted as a potential client where the engineers on the team had the opportunity to explain the software on a less advanced level. I learned that it’s certainly better to ask questions rather than pretending you know the answer.

Startup Internships: Are You Ready To Join One Of These Exciting Companies?

 

What could be more exciting than interning at a really cool company with really bright young employees?

Our students learn about and attend seminars and networking events in the Boston startup community. Pictured are CEO’s on a panel at Harvard Business School, speaking about their experiences building their own companies. The featured speaker that day was Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber.

If you are a fan of Twitter, SnapChat or Vine or watch pitches on Shark Tank, you may have what it takes to join an exciting startup in Boston.

A startup summer internship would give you experience in the tech world, at a business accelerator where early-stage entrepreneurs are supported by a variety of resources and networking events. In these companies, dozens of creative young people build exciting businesses. Everything from Fashion, Sports, Health Care/Life Sciences, Social Impact, Energy/Clean Tech, Education and more.

Internship Connection places dozens of students every summer in exciting startup internships. Fancred, CoachUp, HerCampus, Wayfair, Great Point Energy, Bow and Drape are just a few startups that have taken our students as summer interns. As we follow our students’ careers, several have become founders themselves.

 

Recognizing the Value: Visiting Our Students During Their Internships

Dr. Jabbawy visiting Hannah

One of the most rewarding components of our program is the on-site visits to our students. Their worksites include everything from tall high rises in the financial district, quaint brick buildings on the Boston waterfront to high tech business accelerators in Back Bay, Kendall Square and Downtown Crossing.

 

 

Parents often tell us that getting dressed up and learning how to commute to work is just as exciting and important as the internship itself. Our students commute in various ways. Some take the subway, others combine driving and taking the train, while some have taken the commuter boat from both the South and North Shore.

During the visit, it’s wonderful to meet the student’s mentors and very often we get a tour of their offices.  The visit also provides the opportunity to sit down privately with each student to discuss their journal responses, talk about how things are going and what they are learning. It’s always amazing to see how students have grown and matured since our initial meeting with them as they gain experience and confidence on the job.

 

 

 

Seminar for Internship Connection Business Interns

Students interested in business and entrepreneurship participated in a tour and seminar organized by Dr. Jabbawy. Students were interning in a variety of businesses over the summer and came together to listen to CEO’s stories of how they began their companies.

Students met in the offices of MassChallenge on the Boston waterfront. MassChallenge runs a $1M annual startup competition and accelerator to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses.

Speakers included Scott Bailey, the Director at MassChallenge. Stephanie Kaplan, the CEO of HerCampus and Ben Jabbawy, the CEO of Privy.

Engineering 101

Harry, a junior at Hingham High is an outstanding student athlete with particular strengths in math and science. Interested in engineering and manufacturing operations, we matched Harry to a manufacturing internship. Harry’s mentor was the company’s CEO, a graduate of MIT who wrote Harry’s letter of recommendation:

“I have been impressed with Harry’s engaging personality, intelligence and maturity throughout his internship. He quickly grasped the necessary concepts involved in our operation and excelled on every task that he was assigned to. His responsibilities included: attending all manufacturing meetings, learning ISO requirements and the operating procedure for all machines. Once I understood his advanced level of competence, I assigned Harry the task of developing procedural documents for maintaining each piece of equipment. Harry became aware of vendor issues and wrote up a thoughtful report concerning quality control. I found his interest in engineering and quick grasp of manufacturing issues unusual for a high school student.

With the intelligence and drive that Harry brought to our company as a high school intern, I can only imagine what he would have to offer to MIT and his chosen profession.”

In addition, Internship Connection contacted another CEO of a prestigious engineering consulting firm in downtown Boston, who was happy to arrange a visit. Harry spent several hours touring the offices and meeting all types of engineers. He learned about engineering as a profession, the various types of engineering fields and enjoyed lunch and camaraderie with professionals immersed in the field.

Lights, Camera, Action! Boston Television Internship

Nick, an Austin Prep junior, is learning the ropes of television production. Internship Connection established an internship for Nick that reflected his interests in television and his previous experiences in theater.

He has created a stellar marketing piece for a community theater group, while at the same time, he learned all facets of TV production- camera work, interviewing, filming, writing and editing.

Nick is pictured with his mentor, an extraordinary educator and Executive Director of the station.

Fashion Internship, Summer 2010


Newbury Street Fashion Internship, Boston

Hannah Orenstein, a junior at Needham High, is passionate about writing and fashion. We matched Hannah’s blogging talents to the hottest designer in Boston, Daniela Corte.

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