Throughout the next few weeks, Sage Corps Alum/Rice University Senior, Giray Ozseker, will be taking over our blog with incredible insight on the Sage Corps experience. Giray took part in Sage Corps' Buenos Aires Program this past summer and worked as a Data and Business Analytics Intern at the (extremely) innovative startup, Auth0.
This week he focuses on one of the most popular questions asked by students (like you) looking for an internship:
"Why should I do my internship at a startup rather than a corporation?"
(P.S. Tune in next week to read Giray's blog, answering the question: "I am convinced that I want to do a startup internship, but why would I do it abroad instead of the US?")
Take it away, Giray!
The internships at startups are not necessarily your “leadership/professional development” programs, they become what you craft them to be. Number one difference comes in the form of participation. Working in an office with (probably) less than 50 coworkers, an intern can expect to join a Board of Directors meeting and hear the entire agenda without feeling out of space. During my time at Auth0, I was able to talk to the whole team online when I needed, joined the online hangouts of various teams and the board, connecting to coworkers around the globe.
The nature of the projects is another great opportunity that only a startup internship can provide. Most of the time, the interns will be expected to join new projects and chime in. At Auth0, the data team met together to set goals and design analysis projects, and I felt very comfortable providing input in the planning phase. Moreover, I was never given dull chores, but instead, I was asked to take on analyses from the scratch and plan the whole procedure on my own. This autonomy is not something you would expect at a corporate internship. Given this level of individual effort, a 2-month internship becomes a turning point for your career projection. In order to develop good work discipline, adapt to changes quickly, being flexible and pushing the creative mind to its limits, a startup internship is a highly desirable learning experience.
#Fellowgram: All of these photos were taken by Giray while abroad
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hailing from Istanbul, Giray aspires to be a global professional. He is finishing up his Economics degree at Rice University in Houston, while getting ready for his career as a public accountant. As a wannabe data scientist on the side, Giray is a Sage Corps alum who has done his internship at Auth0 in Buenos Aires as a Data Intern in 2015.