LE TOTE(ally) Awesome Internship

By Heather Yan WG’16

Heather Yan smMy summer internship at LE TOTE was extremely valuable. Specifically, I wanted to gain experience in marketing within e-commerce and get a taste for startup life. I’m happy to report that I achieved this goal and so much more. While the VP of Marketing had several project ideas for how the MBA interns (there were three of us) would spend our time, I learned that the benefit of working at a startup was that the experience is really “what you make of it.” LE TOTE was a post-series A, 40-person company, and if you wanted support, it was there (you just have to seek it out yourself), while at the same time I had freedom to work on areas I felt passionate about and where I wanted to make impact. Read more LE TOTE(ally) Awesome Internship

The Joy of Interning at Slidejoy

By Camille Jwo C’17

This summer I had the pleasure of working as a tech intern for Slidejoy, an Android app that pays its users to replace their lockscreens with trendy advertisements and news articles. All they have to do is unlock their phones to redeem money. [Editor’s note: Slidejoy was founded by four Wharton alumni: Robert Seo, Sanghoon Kwak, Diana Kattan, and Jaeho Chung. It also won the Perlman Grand Prize in the 2014 Wharton Business Plan Competition!]

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Cool intern Camille Jwo C’17, hard at work at Slidejoy.

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Bienvenidos a Mexico! My Summer at a Wharton FinTech Startup

By Zach Kahn WG’16

Much of my career before Wharton was spent in the nonprofit sector. I worked both domestically and abroad (in South America) in my previous life. Coming to Wharton I hoped to learn not only about how businesses could address social issues outside of the traditional nonprofit/NGO model, but also learn about where I fit into the larger picture.

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At the Intersection of Technology and Social Impact

By Aria Florant WG’16

“I know that’s what the degree is going to end up costing, but it’s a terrible thing to think about right now. I don’t like thinking about money. Ugh. I’m going to throw up. I’m going to be broke forever.” – MBA Student, Class of 2017

This is a common sentiment among graduate students in massive amounts of debt, which is CommonBond’s target consumer. No one likes student loans, but they don’t have to be as painful as people might think. CommonBond is the bank of the future—a values-driven financial services company that delivers savings, simplicity, and service to borrowers.

Aria Florant WG'16 and Sindhura Sarikonda WG'16. Sarikonda is the winner of the 2015 CommonBond Social Impact Award.
Aria Florant WG’16 (L) and Sindhura Sarikonda WG’16 (R). Sarikonda is the winner of the 2015 CommonBond Social Impact Award.

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Sourcing a Close Shave: An Intern at Harry’s

By Lucas Hussey WG’16

It takes creativity, ambition, guts, and a talented team to break into an industry that has been dominated by Gilette for over a century. That’s exactly the challenge Harry’s, a men’s grooming product start-up co-founded by Jeff Raider WG’10, is tackling by offering customers a convenient, low-cost, high-quality shave.1 I had the opportunity to work at Harry’s for the summer with the Operations team, and as my internship soon comes to a close, I can say the experience has been tremendous.

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A Student Intern at a Student Startup

By Kevin Ho ENG’18, Founder of Livedrop

About a month ago, I started my internship at Barring Eyewear, a Philadelphia-based startup that produces high-end affordable sunglasses from innovative materials. I first learned about Barring Eyewear when I pitched alongside its co-founder, Joseph Hwang LPS’15, for the Wharton Venture Initiation Program last fall. Dozens of startups pitched that day, but Barring Eyewear’s stood out to me because while most of the startups were still in the early development stage with little more than an idea and business plan, Barring Eyewear brought in its already manufactured product. A few weeks later at a Weiss Tech House networking event, I recognized Joe from his pitch and reached out to him for advice on my startup, Livedrop. Since then, Joe has acted as a mentor, guiding me through my first year of college as well as providing direction for Livedrop.

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Setting up shop at Firefly Music Festival.

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Natural Beauty and Social Impact

By Chelsea Atkins C’16

Working at a start-up isn’t working at all; it’s living and breathing the universal belief of all start-ups: We will succeed. Success is measured incrementally in units sold, LinkedIn endorsements received, and business cards acquired. Every rejection, every negative review, and every sleepless night is fuel for the fire. If you believe in anything other than the inevitability of success, go home.

Chelsea Atkins C'16 and the Kreyol Essence team.
Chelsea Atkins C’16 and the Kreyol Essence team.

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An Intern In EdTech

By Kunal Nayyar WG’16, Dr. William Zucker Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow

I’m two weeks into my grand experiment for the summer: an internship at Zaption, a seed-funded education technology (edtech) startup that’s making video learning interactive. The goal of this experiment, like that of most internships, is to learn about a new type of work and figure out how I like it. The experiment isn’t particularly well-designed, in that so many variables have changed relative to my previous job—but so far it’s been illuminating and fun in a variety of ways.

This is what working at a startup looks like: Kunal Nayyar WG'16, at his standing desk at Zaption.
This is what working at a startup looks like: Kunal Nayyar WG’16 at Zaption.

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