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Intern Diaries: The Upsides of Interning at a Start-Up

January 31, 2013

Delanie Ricketts, an intern at Magoosh, is currently attending UC Berkeley where she is pursuing a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and minor in Global Poverty and Practice. After graduating this spring, Delanie hopes to pursue a career in writing and research. While she loves music of all genres, she plays the oboe and English horn for UC Berkeley’s Symphony Orchestra. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Delanie Ricketts Headshot Intern Diaries: The Upsides of Interning at a Start UpBy Delanie Ricketts

Today start-ups are all the rage, known for their innovative products as well as laid-back, foosball-playing office culture. There was even a Bravo reality show about them (Start-ups: Silicon Valley)! I, for one, wanted to get experience in this popular sector.

After researching start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area, I eventually stumbled upon Magoosh.com, a start-up that prepares students for tests online. At the time I was preparing for the GRE and was instantly interested in their product.

A few days later I decided to purchase Magoosh’s GRE test prep, and found Magoosh’s simple design, lesson videos, and practice questions the perfect fit for my GRE studying style. I got to study where I wanted, when I wanted, and all at a price much more affordable than more traditional GRE classes and textbooks. It was after I experienced Magoosh’s product for myself that I decided I definitely wanted to intern for them and get to know the team behind the scenes.

“You get first-hand experience on how to develop an innovative product from the ground up that you, and everyone else in the office, is excited about.”

That is what I would say one of the best things about interning for a start-up is—you get first-hand experience on how to develop an innovative product from the ground up that you, and everyone else in the office, is excited about. Not to mention the aforementioned office culture. Magoosh does in fact have the quintessential foosball table, as well as the laid-back environment that a student like me appreciates for the flexible hours and ability to wear jeans everyday.

The final, and perhaps most important perk of interning at a start-up is the people. Generally, start-ups have a small number of people working for them. This means that you get to know everyone you’re working with really well. Even the CEO is someone I can talk to whenever I need to—he sits about ten feet away from me! Not only do I get a say in what I do, but I feel my work is valued by everyone on the team. You can’t get much more job satisfaction than that.

Delanie, thanks for taking the time to share this with us! Students, start searching for an internship now!

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