Boston startup internship

Hired! Tal’s Meaningful Gap Year Internship

Ta'ls Gap Year Internship
Tal (on right) with Greg, the Founder of Inclusive Fitness

What a Gap Year! Tal is one of the most endearing students that we’ve ever had in our program. Reluctant at first to apply to college, Tal decided to seek a Gap Year internship. Not only did he ace his internship interview, he was beloved by his workplace mentor, staff, students and was HIRED! Tal found his inspiration, was accepted to college, and now knows what his major and career will be…..

This is Tal’s Story

When we first meet with students, we listen very carefully. Sometimes “reading between the lines” allows us to discover a hidden spark of interest that has the potential for enormous personal growth. That was exactly what happened with Tal.

As a high school graduate with a fantastic personality, Tal was a self-starter, already gaining practical experience working in a restaurant and gas station. A serious athlete into fitness and mountain biking, he ran track and cross country.

As we spoke, I was surprised by Tal’s response to one question. “What was the best experience you had in high school?”

Unlike other students’ responses, Tal didn’t mention debate, winning a tournament or acing his SAT’s. He spoke about working with a younger student who had special needs, helping him with his speech, even taking him for ice cream and miniature golf. Tal’s unexpected response was touching and reminded us of a recent article about Inclusive Fitness, the first gym dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for neurodiverse athletes of all abilities, including those with autism and Downs Syndrome. The center was founded by Greg and Kristina Austin, loving parents to Lucas, who is autistic. They saw first-hand, how exercise helped Lucas become more focused, relaxed, confident, active and able to do physical things with more ease. Not only is Greg a sought after trainer, he holds a BA in Psychology, MBA and advanced studies in neuroscience, making him the perfect mentor for Tal, who took on many responsibilities at the center.

Greg’s impression of Tal

Tal is absolutely fantastic! He jumps into anything and gets the job done. He’s always willing to try new things. He’s a pleasure to work with. Tal seems to have a natural talent for coaching and working with our unique and wonderful athletes. He’s starting to work toward his personal training certification and may explore getting certified to work with special needs athletes, as all of our coaches here are. We’re grateful that Tal is part of IF and love having him here. Thanks for connecting us!

After just a short time on his internship, Tal was officially hired as an employee. Loving his work there and inspired by the students and adults he worked with, Tal applied to college to continue on a professional path to work as an athletic trainer for neurodiverse people. Greg wrote a superb letter of recommendation, and Tal was accepted with a scholarship to Regis College. Ever the athlete, Tal plans to major in Exercise Science with a minor in Special Education. Not only will he run Cross Country and Track, he will be studying for his certification both as a Professional Trainer and Autism Fitness Instructor.

Not every student experiences a direct path to college. Career exposure can be an important step for personal growth as a student begins their college and career journey.

Boston Startup Internship- Shark Tank Lessons You’ll Learn

Are you a Shark Tank fan? Love entrepreneurship? Why not experience a Boston startup internship?

Have you ever wondered how the aspiring entrepreneurs on Shark Tank develop business pitches to investors?

Would you like to catch a glimpse of how guys like Elon Musk started Tesla? 

There are over 450 companies in Kendall Square, Cambridge, over 1,00 startups in the Boston Innovation District on the Boston waterfront and over 900 in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. You too, can get involved in this exciting way of life.

Some of our most fascinating Boston startup internships for the last 14 years have been at some of these companies. Here are some of the things you might learn:

–         What does it take to come up with a business idea?

–         What goes into an effective pitch?

–         Who funds startup companies?

–         Which are some of the most successful startups in Boston?

–         Where are some of the hundreds of networking events (called meetups by techies) in Boston and Cambridge?

–         What is a co-working space?

–         What are the more well-known business incubators in Boston?

–         What does each day look like at a startup?

–         What are some of the roles individuals play at these companies?

Whether you are a high school or college student, our Internship Connection business mentors will give you a rarified glimpse into this exceptional community of entrepreneurs:

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 Social Media Start-up

Jon, a junior at Newton North High School, was a supervisor at a local tennis and squash club for the summer and wondered if he would be able to fit in an internship. We were able to establish a 3-day per week experience that was customized for his schedule.

We matched Jon to an early stage company in the messaging, communication and social media space. The Chief Technology officer and Co-founder wrote Jon’s letter of recommendation:

“Our enterprise is at the leading edge of technology, which matches well with Jon’s academic and professional interests. We were able to provide him with rapid-fire experience in business at the dead center of today’s challenges.

Jon’s ability to pick up new tasks and get stuff done was frankly amazing. He jumped right in and became part of the team, providing input to problems that we actually implemented.”

In his journal, Jon told us, “The more I worked as an intern, the more I became integrated into the actual world of a CEO. At one point, I gave him a suggestion from a different perspective and it turned out to work really well. I learned to be more confident and expressive with my own ideas.”

At Learn Launch, Kenta Discovered This Startup Success Secret

 

 

“An internship means an unparalleled opportunity to taste the professional world firsthand. It’s about actually experiencing an industry in its day-to-day function—rolling up your sleeves to take part. Interning doesn’t simply introduce you to discipline-specific skills: It can also be a major source of general inspiration. Working alongside your colleagues-for-a-season, you’re not just learning the ropes of a specific business; you’re studying how professionals got to where they are—what little decisions they made along the way, what setbacks momentarily stalled them and how they were overcome, what guiding vision has kept them centered.”   – Dr. Carole Jabbawy

Tips for Success, Gained as an Intern

Take 16-year-old Kenta Nomoto, who interned with a Boston-based Ed-Tech Accelerator. Kenta found the experience hugely galvanizing, as he related in a journal entry reflecting on what he’d learned.

His biggest takeaway? “Motivation and passion” are the keys to success in any venture. “As I interacted with many of the startup CEOs,” he wrote, “I was fascinated by their passionate love for their company and [how] even through adversity, they strived to overcome those obstacles to stand out as a start-up company.”

Kenta was impressed by the dedication and vision of the entrepreneurs working to incubate their ideas into full-blown businesses. Observing the mentorship process, he gleaned valuable insight into how nascent CEOs produce comprehensive business plans and hone their pitches.

“The best part of my internship was being able to sit in on individual company meetings and take notes,” Kenta wrote. He participated in all aspects of the process, even conducting a little product-testing with an educational technology start-up that provides technological solutions for automatic assessments.

Kenta’s initial apprehensions about interning proved short-lived. “At first I was quite nervous, since I was the only high school student who was there as an intern,” he admitted, “but very quickly I began to feel comfortable.”

Lifelong Lessons

Kenta’s fulfilling time suggests the tremendous value intrinsic in any internship—whether or not you ultimately work in the particular industry. “Even if I do not end up as a startup CEO in the future, I recognized the importance of being motivated and passionate about what I do,” he wrote.

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