Being an intern is all about gaining experience and learning about a certain field of work. It always involves a lot of time and usually very little or no pay, but what is gained in field experience and knowledge is much more valuable.
Interning at a start-up company may be easier if it’s your first gig. I worked for a small start-up near San Francisco this past summer and, though I only had the job for three months, I learned a lot more than I could have imagined.
Here are 5 reasons why you should think about interning at a start-up company:
- You can take chances: Start-up companies involve a lot of high risk, as a high percentage of start-up companies never make it off the ground. If you are a risk taker this would be a good opportunity to see how you perform under pressure and if you’re able adapt to solve problems that arise suddenly.
- You get to be creative: Start-ups are all about creating something new and innovative and are a great place to show off your ingenuity. Start-ups are more open to new ideas than a business that is already solidly established. There are often no set guidelines for certain tasks, which allows you to figure out which approach works best for you.
- It’s more personal than interning at a giant corporate office: The teams are usually smaller and collaborate on everything together, which really makes your presence matter. You also have opportunities to meet people with positions higher up than yours as well, rather than just other interns.
- You learn a lot: In a start-up business, the company is figuring out the right “formula” for running their company and it involves a lot of trial and error. As the company figures out their “formula,” you learn about the basics of the company like their product model, business model, target audience etc. At a start-up company you would get to see a lot of behind the scenes activities that you normally wouldn’t as an intern for a larger company.
- You will never be bored: Everyone in the office will have multiple jobs and many tasks to do each day and that includes you. You will always either be multitasking or, as the intern, taking on odd jobs that other employees don’t have the time to handle. There is always something to do or something that needs to be done.
If you are looking for an internship that requires more than filing and photocopying, something that will give you a vast array of experience in the business world, working at a start-up company is the perfect way to go.