Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund Recipient
I have developed an interest in startup companies since I worked as an intern in a startup company called Trellist Marketing and Technology in Wilmington, DE this past summer. I worked as both an internal and external marketing associate and was fascinated by the enthusiasm the CEO and employees at Trellist have towards their work. Everybody works with the passion and belief to make the company bigger and better from ground zero. My interest for startups led me to Chinaccelerator, an accelerator program in Shanghai that helps startups with high potential in their early stages to expand globally.
Because of my escalating interest for startup companies, I have been searching for startup opportunities to enhance my experience and knowledge in startups as much as I can. At Bowdoin, I am taking Economics and Sociology to explore the field academically. I am one of the co-founders of Bowdoin Smart Woman Securities and on the marketing team for TEDxBowdoinCollege, both organizations are new to Bowdoin this year and making them grow has been incredibly rewarding to me. We have had three successful events and been gaining more attendees for our Smart Woman Securities every day. Working closely with a team and creating something exciting from zero foundation interests me deeply. From these experiences, I hope to work in a startup one day or develop my own company.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to have helped translate documents for Chinaccelerator. This task stimulated my interest in Chinaccelerator and my desire to work there. The accelerator program is composed of various startup companies that range from tech to food to transportation. My experience with startup companies thus far has been limited, and learning about different kinds of companies and how they develop is incredibly exciting. My responsibilies include doing market research, identifying top early-stage investment prospects and helping shortlist deal flow partners that can bring a greater volume of startups of higher quality to Chinaccelerator. I have only worked in marketing, but this internship consists of more potential roles including business development, fundraising, finance, and investments aid. As I am still exploring my career interest, I think this internship can be very helpful for me to find more and hopefully more focused career interests in terms of startups or other professional fields. Through the internship, I could also gain skills to better develop Smart Woman Securities and TEDxBowdoinCollege next year by having more professional insight on the operation of startup organizations.
- Date October 18, 2017
- Tags 2017, Asia, First Year, Goodfriend, Marketing