Sunny Shah M&T’14, interned at Ampush Media in San Francisco, CA and General Assembly in New York, NY

2012-2013 Neff Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow

My name is Sunny Shah, I’m a junior in the M&T program, and I interned at General Assembly and Ampush Media this summer. General Assembly is a campus for business, technology and design based out of New York City, San Francisco, and many major cities through North America and Europe. Ampush is a Facebook advertising solutions provider based out of San Francisco and New York. Having the opportunity to spend half of my summer in the New York tech scene and the other half in Silicon Valley was exactly what I needed to cement my decision in going into the startup scene post-graduation- hopefully I can convince you to do the same!

The opportunity to intern at GA happened in a surprisingly organic way. The previous summer (my freshman summer), I happened to be working at the GA campus in NYC with PoverUP, a non-profit microfinance platform, alongside Charlie Javice (W’14) and Elie Javice (M&T’14). Having had an amazing experience with both PoverUP as well as GA’s extremely “classy-startup” atmosphere, I got in touch with an M&T alum, Matt Owens, to see if there was anything I could do with GA this summer. Fortunately enough, there was plenty (tons) to do!

The coolest part of working with GA was being a part of their really tight-knit team at a point of massive expansion. Right off the bat, I was the point person for opening up a GA campus in a brand new city- Philadelphia. For 3-4 weeks, I must’ve called, emailed, and met with upwards of 70 Philly & NYC entrepreneurs, bloggers, journalists, and partners. For me, my efforts helped set the wheels in motion for introducing a new form of practical education, one that I very much believe in, to a huge new audience; if you haven’t already, you should definitely check out GA classes at www.generalassemb.ly! Let me know what you think.

Despite all of the excitement of the New York tech scene, I was very interested in learning more about Silicon Valley and the famous startup culture there. After a resume drop & 3 phone interviews, I had the opportunity to work with Ampush in the heart of the SF for 10 weeks. Interestingly enough, Ampush was also going through a big expansion too and it was a great learning experience for me to be a part of such an exciting time in the company’s history.

Overall, this summer was a great introduction to the NY tech scene and Silicon Valley and has made me very optimistic and excited about the future that is to come out of these places. If you are interested in learning more about either of these places, feel free to email me at sunnys@wharton.upenn.edu.