Today is the last week of Snagajob's summer internships. Where has the time gone?
Snagajob hired 13 interns this summer--and guess what, I was one of them! Each intern worked on different projects with different people but we all walked away with one common experience. We all loved it and learned a ton.
Here are the top three reasons we loved our internships:
1) Work got real.
When we joined Snagajob as interns, we soon discovered that our work was going to be taken seriously. That meant no emptying the trash, making copies or fetching coffee. They gave us real stuff and expected us to try our best.
Kate Smucker, a worker engagement intern, said it well: "Snagajob gave me the freedom to think creatively and know that what I did matters."
And Snaggers didn't just dump work on us, they guided and encouraged us the whole time--they set expectations and helped us reach our goals.
2) Snaggers are pretty cool people.
The people you work with sometimes make or break an experience. As Snagajob interns, we lucked out big. Turns out that Snaggers are very passionate, fun and caring people.
JaCorey, a tech ops intern, said, "The people felt like mentors, and when I needed them the most they were always there with feedback and positivity."
3) Snagajob is a pretty cool place.
We weren't just expected to work hard, we were expected to play hard too. And getting to spend time in an office with bean bags, a slide, gelato and a gym made that pretty easy.
So what are those big lessons that we learned? After interviewing each intern, I discovered three main things we all walked away with.
1) How to make big ideas happen.
It's hard to take a grand idea and actually bring it to reality. Working at Snagajob taught us the golden mean between vision and action.
Emily Gould, a sales intern, said it perfectly: "I learned the importance of balancing strategy and action and how to turn these ideas into something concrete."
2) Behind the scenes.
It was eye-opening for all of us to discover what goes on behind the scenes in a company. Disclaimer: it's a lot of passion and teamwork.
So many people and teams come together to make Snagajob work. It really is a constant moving machine working to make people’s lives better.
Thomas Edison famously explained that he didn't fail 700 times when inventing the lightbulb. He discovered 700 ways how not to make a lightbulb. In the same way, when we didn't quite hit the mark with our projects, the experience helped us grow. We'd received great feedback from managers and learned how to do it even better the next time.
Bridget Guckin, a design intern, put it this way: "The first try doesn't have to be perfect and don't be afraid to ask questions."
We walk out of the Snagajob office doors for the last time this week but now we're confident in our skills and ready to conquer the world.
Thank you Snagajob for teaching us how to "maximize our potential and live more fulfilling lives."