q: What was one experience you had this summer working for a start-up that you wouldn’t have gotten in a traditional (larger company) role?
I wore many different hats in my startup internship. One week, I worked on a new pricing strategy and did a breakeven analysis. Another week, I personally called every new customer to ask how their first order went and recommended meals they might like to try next. - Alex Onslager, Intern @ Wise Apple
The opportunity to attend investor meetings and work in multiple parts of the business including product development, operations, and digital advertising was very unique. - Caroline Regan, Intern @ Oars + Alps
q: Was start-up recruiting anxiety inducing given it’s later cycle? What kept you on track to get your start-up job?
I felt pretty comfortable not having an internship until the question “what are you doing this summer?” came up. And it came up often. Knowing who else was in my shoes and keeping in touch with them made all of the difference. It’s easy to feel like you’re the last one without a job, but there are so many others in your shoes! - Mia Velasquez, Intern @ Lantern
Frankly, yes - it was nerve-wracking, especially since I got my choice offer in mid-May. What kept me going was reminding myself that I came to Kellogg for a reason (to seek out startups), that it always somehow works out in the end, and if my worst case scenario happens and I land nothing - I can always start my own company over the summer, and if it fails, I can chalk it up to a valuable entrepreneurial learning experience down the line :) - Michelle Perkins, Intern @ Away
q: Any funny stories from working at a start-up this summer?
Our company had themed bi-monthly happy hours hosted by different departments for each. When my team was in charge of our wild west themed happy hour, we literally brought in stacks of hay to the office and a pen with real teacup pigs to play with. Prime example of startup life right there. - Michelle Perkins, Intern @ Away
Oars + Alps is a men’s skincare company, so there were many days that the three of us interns were running around accosting random guys to sample products in various stages of development. - Caroline Regan, Intern @ Oars + Alps