Adam Markowitz is the co-founder and CEO of thePortfolium.com. As a student, Adam earned a BS in structural engineering from UCSD and a MS in Astronautical engineering from USC, while gaining valuable experience as in intern at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
Today, his passion for educational experiences and academic life still remains as strong as ever. Prior to thePortfolium, Adam and members of his team worked as engineers, designing, analyzing and testing liquid rocket engines for NASA’s next generation space launch system. Adam strongly believes every student in every major should have a portfolio of their work to showcase what they’re proud of. When not working on the company, Adam is working on new portfolio entries, i.e. surfing, triathlons, fun projects and various community events.
1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?
As a college student, I was involved in various clubs and activities and had a great internship at a prestigious company. On paper, I thought I looked pretty good, but I’ve always believed actions speak louder than words. With more than 65% of the world being visual learners, I quickly realized the words on my resume fell short of impressing employers, professors and even admissions boards.
My team and I developed thePortfolium.com out of our own personal need to stand out, showcase ourselves and network with others across all fields of study. Students work hard and do great things every day. From clubs, projects, events, papers and presentations to extracurriculars, internships and volunteer-work, a student’s academic and professional experiences deserve a podium to be shared. With content all over the web, thePortfolium allows a student to direct wandering eyes to what matters most to them. A student should have much more to show for their education than a framed diploma on the wall and a couple of lines on a resume.
The first thing someone can do who’s interested in student portfolios is start their own. It’s easier than one might think. Anything, big or small, that you are proud to share, is a potential portfolio entry that can unlock doors to opportunity. We’ll prove it… here!
2. What’s the future of your industry or job?
“Social recruiting” has arrived. The days of trying to cram all of your accomplishments into a single sheet of paper are quickly becoming a thing of the past. thePortfolium brings traditional student resumes into today’s high-tech, digital age for the Millennial Generation. It’s an interactive portfolio platform for students to showcase their work, knowledge and experiences, aggregating their content from all over the web and connecting them to various opportunities. My job is to keep thePortfolium at the cutting edge of this new era, helping streamline a student’s transition from college to career.
3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?
Ideal intern candidates are “Portfolium Pros” – i.e. super users that love the idea of framing more than their diploma and who can effectively communicate and share their knowledge of the product with others. We’re searching for motivated and enthusiastic students looking to stand out amongst the crowd!
4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?
By simply building their own free portfolio on thePortfolium, a candidate can show just where their strengths, interests and passions lie, allowing us to create an ideal internship experience for them. Register for free here!
5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…
An intern of ours who was actively engaged in campus organizations and student government was able to develop and implement their own successful marketing campaign to educate others on the benefits of having an academic portfolio. That incredible marketing experience then became an entry itself in their own portfolio!
We’ve had an unresponsive intern before. Effective communication is ideal. Little communication is undesirable. No communication is just the worst.
Interested in interning with thePortfolium.com? They’re currently looking for interns! Apply now.