A Gap Year Internship for Travis with the VP of Business Development at a Boston Startup

Travis was a recent graduate of Phillips Academy Andover who was looking forward to starting Brown University after completing a Gap Year. He was looking for a summer experience related to engineering, computers and investments.

We combined Travis’s interests by placing him at Privy, a startup that has developed a unique email list growth platform for retail marketers. The office is located in the exciting co-working space WeWork near South Station. Travis was mentored by both the CEO and the VP of Business Development.

Travis described a highlight of his experience there:

I was invited to sit in on an investors meeting with Ben, Privy’s CEO. I mostly sat back and learned from Ben’s presentation he was giving to the investor. At first, I didn’t have much to say regarding why this man should invest in this growing company. However after being asked a few questions about my own work, I realized that I too, was representing Privy in front of this potential investor, even as an intern. Ben had brought me along so I could learn but I was also part of the company.

This made me feel important and slightly responsible for how this meeting went. As I answered a couple questions, I made sure to put my work and Privy in a positive light to do my part, as little as it may have been, in selling Privy to this investor. I learned that I could contribute in more expansive ways, in addition to just being an intern.

In his letter of recommendation, Dan, the VP of Business Development, highly recommended Travis and described his work as impressive:

Travis’s interests in business and computer science helped him contribute greatly to a small entrepreneurial team and also engage our software engineers in an intellectually curious and helpful manner.

Travis helped write content and customer case studies, which he published on the Privy blog. He researched and generated sales prospect lists for the sales team and sent marketing and partnership emails. In both cases, the company saw actual results from the programs Travis worked on.

When asked what was the most important thing he learned, Travis emphasized a few points: learning how a start-up operates, the many things that need to happen to make a company run effectively and seeing all the different tools and why each one is needed in different ways to grow the company.

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!


International Student Internship In E-commerce Boston

Sungeun, a sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School is following in the footsteps of his dad who founded an international business spanning Europe, Asia and South America. Sungeun expressed a desire to learn about American business “from the ground up” and in particular, an internet business.

We placed Sungeun on an administrative internship at Wayfair, the fastest growing e-commerce company in Boston. Previous internships there had been reserved for college juniors and seniors only, but after Sungeun’s interview, the recruiters were pleased to grant him a summer internship. Sungeun told us that his experience was invaluable. He learned about the company’s business model, best practices and training and development. More importantly, he learned about the culture of the American workplace and made valuable business connections for the future.

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.”

Divya, High School internship – Business

Divya is currently an MBA Candidate at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern, following a six year career at Wayfair.

In the summer of 2011, Divya was a junior at Boston University and enrolled in our program, seeking a summer internship related to business. We helped her create a resume, prepped her for her workplace interview and established an internship in product development at Publisher’s Clearing House NY, near her home on Long Island.

Then, in 2012, as a college senior, Divya turned to us again for a second internship with the intent of further building her resume. We were in touch with our contacts at Boston-based Wayfair, the fastest growing on-line retailer of home goods in the U.S. Our thoughts were that since Divya already had product experience at her previous internship, this would make her an attractive candidate. After her interview, she was immediately accepted to an internship and following that, her first job.

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Ben, High School internship – Technology

Ben is an MBA candidate at Stanford and the Co-founder Verix, a business intelligence software company headquartered in Los Altos, California.

When he was a sophomore at Phillips Academy, Ben told us that he was interested in both technology and business. We established an internship for him in technology operations and systems management, working directly under the Vice President of Technology in a large company in Boston. Ben oversaw computer hardware and software maintenance within this e-commerce firm of 700+ employees. He managed systems networking equipment during office expansion and created basic HTML code for internal company use. Ben felt fortunate to receive a stellar recommendation for college from his mentor.

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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.


How One Student Built A Career On Successive Internships

Ben’s Story: A Path to a Career

 The following story is an example of how one student built a career based on successive internships. You will learn how his high school internship jump- started his career.

 Now age 28, Ben told us:

“My internships provided a first hand experience of several, very different career paths. Summer long exposure in each different environment was all it took for me to change or validate my true passions. “

Ben was a junior at Newton South High School when he became interested in what was a new scientific field at the time called nanotechnology. After researching the companies in Boston area, we connected him to the CEO of Nantero, a new startup in Woburn, MA


At Nantero, Ben was trained to work on wafer-scale electron beam lithography, using a scanning electron microscope to define high resolution features on test chips.

The Chief Scientific officer wrote a stellar recommendation for college and Ben was accepted to Cornell where there was ongoing research in nanotechnology.

During his freshman summer in college, because he had already interned in Nanotech in high school, he was able to parlay that internship to a prestigious internship in New York City. Lux Research is an independent research and advisory firm, providing strategic advice and ongoing intelligence on emerging technologies. While at Lux, he co-authored The Nanotech Report, a widely distributed reference guide for fortune 500 companies and corporate investors.

The following summer in New York City, Ben piggybacked his previous experiences to an internship in wealth management at UBS, a Swiss global financial services company.


After two summers in NYC, Ben realized that he preferred Boston as a place to live and build a career, so after his junior year in college, Ben interned at Great Point Energy, a venture-backed natural resource company, producing natural gas from clean coal.

Ben was hired as an analyst immediately after his college graduation at this clean energy firm.  

He continued his working relationship with one of the partners there who formed GreatPoint Ventures, focusing on business development and operations for early stage cleantech and biotech portfolio companies.

One of their portfolio companies was Oasys Water which provides technology that lowers the cost to produce clean water from salt water sources. At age 26, Ben became a founding partner at Oasys.


After learning how companies are formed and funded, at age 28, Ben founded his own startup, Privy, where he is CEO today. Privy helps restaurants and retail brands with multi-channel customer acquisition and is a portfolio company of Atlas Ventures.


An internship will lead you to a path of discovery and will either confirm an interest or lead you to a new direction. What will be your path to discovery?

How Bart Broke From College And Seized The Business World

Bart was an excellent student and had finished his sophomore year at Union College. During one summer, he worked in the physics department on a research project, when he came to the realization that science may not be his chosen career. He wanted to take time off from college to explore the world of business.

Bart’s Boston Business Internship

After helping Bart create a resume and prepping him for an interview, we connected Bart to one of our program mentors, the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. This state agency is the central point of contact for any business or corporation that is seeking to expand or locate in the Commonwealth.

Bart’s description

The following is an excerpt from Bart’s journal:

1. Tell me about your experiences so far. You can talk about your mentor, the work environment, and your initial perceptions.

Everything is excellent!  Aiden has been keen to keep me in the loop of the work in the office.  Originally, he made sure to let me learn about office work and the role of this specific department and the programs they provide.  There was a large EACC meeting in Worcester that he took me to and it was quite informative on the formal meetings and regulations of government.  Before the meeting, there were several hearings pertaining to companies that haven’t held their part of the bargain, so to speak, and therefore were due to be decertified from the EDIP program.  It was interesting to see how those somewhat informal business meetings went, and certainly opened my eyes to aspects of the business world.  Obviously, I am viewing it through the role of the government, but that fact has many merits in its own right.

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

As an intern, I’m here to learn and help – which you correctly predicted.  Using the business database, Salesforce, I’ve updated two of their outdated spreadsheets that they send out to companies when considering relocating or expanding into Massachusetts.  One was a comparison of 14 competitive states on rankings such as entrepreneurial opportunity and capital, as well as incentives and more.  The other was a specific comparison of 26 states with respect to their Research and Development Tax Incentives.

Concerning my mentor, the work environment, and my initial perceptions, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.  From what I’ve seen, I can check the business world off as a possible path for me.  Aiden O’Garro deserves many praises, just as I expected from the praises that you gave him.

The Chief Operating Officer’s account

The COO wrote:

“Bart is doing great! He attended the EACC meeting last week where he got to see how companies are awarded state tax incentives based on their job creation commitments. The meeting was open to the public; he saw various company executives, local, and state politicians. It was a good experience for him. He is very well mannered and always eager to help. We are glad to have him for the summer.”

How Divya Reddy Turned Her Summer Internship Into A Full-time Job At Wayfair

While any internship can be rewarding, its power really magnifies when it’s in an industry that attracts you as a potential career. Interning with a company or organization engaged in work you’ve imagined yourself doing imparts valuable discipline-specific skills. That’s advantageous enough, but it’s also possible such an internship can also directly land you a job.

Take the encouraging case of Divya Reddy, a former Internship Connection student. Divya first approached us in 2011 as a Boston University junior intrigued by business and seeking firsthand experience in the field.

Through our help she landed a summer internship in the product-development branch of Publisher’s Clearing House, where her duties included attending product pitches and helping produce regular presentations to the company’s marketing and online departments.

But Divya wasn’t through with Internship Connection once her Publisher’s Clearing House experience ended. The next summer, she worked with us again, intent on furthering her empirical exploration of the business realm on the heels of graduation. We knew she already had solid familiarity with product development under her belt, and helped steer her to an interview with AllModern, a division of the major online home-goods retailer Wayfair.

Wayfair( AllModern) —impressed with Divya’s background and ambitions—took her on as a Customer Experience Intern immediately after her interview. And what do you know? Directly following her internship work in many aspects of the AllModern shopping experience, Wayfair hired her as a merchandising analyst. We certainly hoped to create that outcome when suggesting AllModern, and it was wonderful to see it all play out.

Springboard To A Full-time Job

Divya’s whirlwind route speaks to the benefits of interning in a field that interests you—and maybe more than once—while still in school. Drawn to business, Divya sought out Internship Connection’s assistance to try her hand in that sector; then we used her initial internship as a springboard to a second one, which directly flowered into a full-time job.

Divya’s long-view thinking and hard work are inspirational. Here at Internship Connection, we’re here to support a student’s innate drive by helping with logistics, planning, and networking. Even after all sorts of success stories like Divya’s, we never fail to be impressed by our participants’ diligence and energy—and we never fail to celebrate when they embark on a career worthy of their strengths.

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