Last Friday, Sage Corps Alum, Giray, took on the important question: "Why should I do my internship at a startup rather than a corporation?" Here are the 3 biggest take-aways from his post:
- You get to participate a lot more with your co-workers when you intern at a startup.
- The nature of the projects you get to work on at a startup are much more impactful.
- You learn how to adapt to change and push your creative mind to its limits.
Giray's advice above makes it easy to choose an internship at a startup over an internship at a corporation. But before you pack your bags for Silicon Valley, take less than 3 minutes to hear Giray's argument for why you need to intern in another country. Take it away, Giray!
(P.S. Here's a sneak-peak at next week's #FellowFriday. Giray tackles the question: "OK, now that I know I want to work for a startup abroad, I think I can find it myself. Why would I want to do it through Sage Corps?")
YOU'RE CONVINCED THAT YOU WANT TO DO A "STARTUP INTERNSHIP," BUT WHY WOULD YOU DO IT ABROAD INSTEAD OF IN THE U.S.?
An internship at a startup abroad is stepping out of your comfort zone at its finest. College advisors will always stress the importance of doing a semester abroad to expand one’s horizons and get a prime learning experience. An internship doubles the fun. Not only will the intern learn the intricacies of working at a startup, they will learn it somewhere they have never been. That is a grand idea. The startup ecosystem is very global, and even if you are set for working at a Silicon Valley/Chicago-based startup, the abroad experience can enhance your view drastically.
The startup dream is universally applicable, so not only will you get the same startup experience, but you will also see how you can bring a global impact, rather than a local impact. Learning from others’ mistakes will prove to be useful. Why can a certain startup not succeed in a different environment? How will an Argentine startup apply the idea of a successful U.S. startup? Thinking about these questions will provoke global thinking and ultimately inspire your entrepreneurial mind.