How to find your dream internship

Goffman makes a distinction between the way we behave on the stage (under the eye of the public and where the performance is given and seen as only reality) and back stage (a place where we can let loose and ease up on impression management conducted on the front stage). I am not very good at discerning my behaviors and change my personality based on audience exposure, so in the following lines you’ll learn how in my summer I found a place where to be fully myself – with my flaws and virtues.

We all know that the search is hard. For everything really, but for summer internships it is like falling in love for the first time. You want to try, you are light hearted, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain, but you also know that it’s going to leave an indelible mark in your life because it’s your first time, your first job.

Before starting my search, I pondered on how I wanted my first experience to look like. I wanted passion, action, and freedom of initiative. I started to talk to many people, cold calls, using the Duke Alumni Network, I was in desperate need of inspiration. I guess I had an idea of the type of environment I was looking for, but didn’t know what shape, industry, and size this would have looked like.

Eventually the extensive talks payed off. I started eliminating all the careers that didn’t look like a good fit for me. Investment Banking, Health based organizations, research, market analyst, policy work, all crossed out.  For each one of those I had at least spent 40 hours researching, interviewing people, learning all the details of the job and making many connections. I can look back and say that this was time wasted, but now I know that this process was fundamental for me to be fully confident with my final decision.

I had to wait till the last day of classes to finally get my offer for the summer. Well, more than an offer it was a call from the VC office. The startup The Mobility House, finally closed a round of founding and was now able to hire me for the summer.

Now that I am almost at the end of this experience, I mainly want to share 3 learnings that you may take into consideration when looking for a job:

  • Value the people that are going to be in your team (you are going to share up and downs with them and probability most of your time). You want people that challenge you, that you can learn from, but also good feedback-ers and listeners.

  • Be truly passionate about their mission. If you share the main objectives of the team you are going to show up at work happy and ready to get job done. This is the mentality that you should have in all the things you do in life, where there’s passion there is intention, and where there’s intention there is action.

  • Lastly, define your goals. This is something that my boss taught me. It’s crucial that you define your personal goals for the duration of the internship. If you can then organize a plan on how ot get to these objectives your work won’t need any deadlines or too many guidelines form your supervisor. If you already know where you want to get to, it’s easier to organize your single actions every day.

I hope that this was helpful material for you to understand a little bit more on job searches. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment below!

And if you want to learn more about the specifics of working for a startup in the EV space- follow the next part of the website