Hey 👋 I'm Emma, the community growth intern here at Incredible. I was asked to write a blog about what it's like being an intern at a start-up, so here I am with my HONEST opinions (sorry Yas - I won’t be too harsh!).
Since I joined in August, I've engaged with multiple teams; however, my main focus has been on marketing. I've never worked in a start-up before, therefore I didn't really know what to expect. However, from the offset, it was clear that everyone here is driven by the same thing - making Incredible the best it can be 🤗
One of the most important things I've learnt so far is that no two days are the same. One day I could be writing blogs, the next creating a page for community growth - and the next attending meetings with journalists! It's this variety that has made my internship so diverse, giving me an incredible (😜) insight into the operations of a start-up.
Something that I didn’t expect upon joining was the responsibility that came with being an intern at Incredible. The typical intern picks up the slack on jobs people don't want to do, goes on coffee runs and sits in on meetings with little to no contribution. However, my experience has been entirely different. On day six of working here, I was given my first solo project; the referral competition campaign - which I know many of you entered! I was free to design the whole thing from start to finish and loved the responsibility so early on. I can get stuck into projects that I'm passionate about, which although can be daunting at times, are extremely rewarding as you’re able to see the direct impact of your work.
As I approach the final month of my internship, I've come up with 5 positives about being an intern at a start-up (if it’s as good as Incredible, of course!):
- You'll be given a lot of responsibility and trust from the get-go
- You'll learn new skills (not just how to make a good coffee!)
- You'll have the opportunity to work on projects you're passionate about
- The team will be small so you'll get to know everyone really well
- Your opinion is valued and heard as nothing is set in stone; the company is literally being created around you as the days progress!
Thanks for reading my blog detailing what it's like being an intern at a start-up, and I hope it's given you an insight, or maybe even encouraged you to follow in my footsteps 👀