Antione Gray C’17 interned at Paladin in New York City, NY

2016 Startup Internship Award Winner Supported by the Rosalind (WG’76) and Roy (WG’76) Neff Entrepreneurial Internship Fund

How did you find the position? (i.e., cold calling, MBACM, PennLink, etc.)

I found Paladin through Penn Link.

What was your motivation for working at a startup this summer? (i.e., industry experience, experience to leverage for own start-up, career changer, etc.)

I wanted to work at a startup because while interested in business and entrepreneurship, as a political science major I’m not exposed to the various business fundamentals through my coursework, so I wanted my last summer internship to develop that skill set as well as provide me with a birds-eye view of what being an entrepreneur is like through working closely with the founding team.

What advice would you give to students interested in working at a startup this summer?

Be ready to do absolutely anything. Startups, early-stage startups in particular, have very little cash and manpower, so everyone, even the CEO, has to chip in and do some of the mundane, tedious work. Since you’re expected to do so much, your work ethic will speak louder than the name of the school on your resume, so don’t fall into the trap of believing that since you’re smart, certain work is beneath you. Work hard at whatever needs to be done and you’ll be rewarded and acknowledged accordingly.