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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 5:00 pm

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started interning at this startup company. Now when I go into the office (a basement attached to the cofounder’s apartment) I’m in the routine of taking off my shoes and heading to my seat, opening up the different applications I will be using throughout the day. I log into the live chat we use to assist customers and then work on whatever my current small project may be. I created a tutorial video about how to use the editor to create the application.

I’m now working on researching associations, identifying different characteristics about them, and figuring out if they would be a good fit to reach out to as potential users of the app. While I work on that project, I am also researching and figuring out what projects I will get started on once I am finished.

Learning the Ropes

Friday, June 12, 2015 4:15 pm

This summer, I’m working at Yapp, a startup based in New York. On the first day, I took the train into the city and then made my way to the company’s headquarters. I was excited, having passed Starbucks and Chipotle on my way. I arrived and my internship coordinator opened the door. I walked into the room and abiding by the no shoes policy, slipped my shoes off and added them to the pile in the corner. I was greeted by my new colleagues, all sitting at the one table in the room. It’s a long, skinny table, with nine desktop monitors resting on it. The company is small; I’m the ninth. From the get-go, it’s clear that everyone knows each other well. The atmosphere is comfortable- and they’re funny.

The morning starts with “stand-up.” Everyone stands up from the table, pausing from whatever they are doing. We go around in a circle, saying what we did yesterday, and what we are going to work on today. Maria, the founder, explains the point of standing at the meeting is to make people more concise and to the point while speaking. And it ends: “That’s a Yapp rap!” We all sit down and get back to work.

I was introduced to all the platforms that Yapp uses and that I’ll be using during my marketing internship this summer. We use a messaging application called Slack that allows us to communicate in different threads and to a specific person. Because we’re all working from the same room, Slack helps to keep the noise and distractions down. I learned more about the live chat software I’ll be using to speak with customers for support. It’s been fun getting to know all the platforms I’ll be using soon and I’m excited to dive in!

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