6 Reasons Why I had A Rocking Internship At A Startup

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So I just completed my 2nd year of engineering college, which means I already am 50% an engineer! To explore beyond the books (and for fun) I applied for internships online and quite unexpectedly few companies wrote back to me. I was so thrilled! After an interview I received my offer letter from Peepal Software Solutions.

Although interning for big companies may sound like a more preferable and secure option, interning with a startup is an incredible experience. In fact my friends interning in bigger companies couldn’t agree to this more! Here are the reasons why I had so much fun during my internship at a startup:

1. You don’t have to worry about shirts and trousers- Being a girl, the first thing that came to my mind on receiving the offer letter was whether I have to buy formal wear or not! When I asked the team, they actually laughed at my question. The work environment is so chill out there.

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2. You are treated as an equal- I actually felt important for the first time there! I got to attend a lot of meetings with all the amazingly experienced people. My opinions were always considered and even asked for. I addressed everyone by their name. Not once did I feel that I wasn’t a part of the team.

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3. You work hard and party harder- The team lunch where we made fun of the director and an intern all at the same time, is something no other workplace can provide. I believe those were the best parts of the day. In the hope my mother doesn’t read this, Friday nights ended with us dancing, singing and laughing till our stomach ached.

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4. You grow in your field- When I joined the company I had a very basic understanding of the required concepts but as I was given more responsibilities and I surpassed levels that I thought was beyond my capability. When you see a project you were a part of, take shape, you have a new confidence in yourself. This feeling isn’t achievable by even the best training in a big company. What I accomplished here is priceless and obviously I brag about it!

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5. First timers- I actually had a lot of my first timers while interning. Like my first interview for a magazine (by another intern), my first cameo on TV, my first Vietnamese food, my first salary (that’s what I am choosing to call my stipend), my first Karaoke and some more that I cannot mention… Also, this happens to be my FIRST blog!

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6.You find a family- My family is not in the same city and I stay in the college hostel, but I hardly missed home in all these months. I got really close to each one of my team mates in a very short span of time!

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Honestly, this was the best decision I have ever taken. It was a pleasure being a part of Peepal. I wish I could relive every moment I spent here. 

Written By: Rozelle Jain

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