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5 reasons why you must intern with a start-up

April 02, 2014 17:03 IST

5 reasons why you must intern with a start-up

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Rakhi Chakraborty, Courtesy yourstory.com

The things you will see and learn in these organisations will make it more than worth your while. 

Internships are the gateway to a world full of exciting possibilities and opportunities.

They are usually a student's first foray into the real world and go a long way in forming impressions that determine crucial career choices.

While big companies, marketable brand names and attractive stipends are the first targets when it comes to scoring star internships, lately a lot more variety has been introduced into this game.

Most internships do not pay stipends. Students are okay with that because they get to associate themselves with prestigious organisations and make valuable connections.

Such commodities money cannot buy. Also such commodities start-ups cannot offer.

Start-ups have been changing and challenging the status quo ever since they came into the fray. They are tacitly small, independently funded and fast developing organizations that are founded on certain ideals and focus on inspiring ideas by the way of doing business.

Misunderstand not, they are very money oriented. However, profits are not the mainstay of the organisation. Values are.

Though internships are usually the byword in a student's bible, their value can be explored at any given time in an adult’s life- especially if one is an aspiring entrepreneur.

For most of those who sit on swivel chairs behind swanky desks, earning a jaw dropping salary, but yearn to seek more, give more, learn more and ultimately love more; this is the way to go.

If you've been following updates from the debacle that is the US economy (who are we to talk, but still) you'd have read that more people in their forties and fifties, once they got laid off turned to internships to boost their resume, learn new skills and find new inspiration.

Here are some reasons why you should intern or work in a start-up.

1. Optimum responsibility

Did I mention that start-ups are perennially low on funds?

That means that every hand on deck has to pull double duty to be able to make it to the end line.

Even lowly interns will be entrusted with work far above their station, given that you've proven your mettle of course.

As long you are seen to be sincere in your intentions, it does not matter if your resume does not boast of starry activities.

Your workload will be sizeable; your contribution an important part of the core of the organisation and you yourself will be invaluable to day-to-day operations.

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Image: Internships at start-ups come with a lot of responsibilities and learning opportunities.
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2. Indecision euphoria

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We all want jobs which will pay lots of money. Thus when you will enter the job market in full swing, then working in a start-up may not be a realistic option any more.

Work in a start-up now because it will give you the freedom to choose and explore realms of professional variety that was hitherto unknown.

If you are an undergraduate or master's student then you must have a solid idea about what you want to do with your life. But are you absolutely sure that the life you have chosen is meant for you?

In a start-up you will get to juggle roles, responsibilities and passions and test unknown waters that will help you decide.

Making money may be important, but how you make it matters more. 

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Image: Working in a start-up helps improve your decision making skills.
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3. Inspirations galore

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A start-up is far away from the stuffy formal ways of a corporate set up and dances to its own tunes and rhythms.

It runs on pure drive and inspiration and there is chaos and creativity in all corners of its existence.

It will mostly be founded and run by youngsters who chose this way of life for a reason.

Youth ideology and colour are the pulse of start-ups and it is here that you will be urged to voice out your issues, work on your ideas and generally be a valuable team member of a dynamic and enthusiastic work environment. 

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Image: Your passion and enthusiasm will help you score brownie points.
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4. Relevant learning

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Given the excess responsibility and workload that will be your lot, it is inevitable that you will end up learning a lot more than if you had decided to intern for a large bustling company.

As an intern reporter at a national newspaper office, Riddhi was at the bottom of the food chain scurrying to get coffee, answering phones and generally handling a bucket load of administrative errands that everyone kept thumping at her.

Her next internship was for an online arts and culture magazine where she formulated story ideas, worked on design drafts, interviewed artists and writers and wrote a great many pieces that were very well received in the online community.

She learned the ropes of journalism at the latter place far more effectively and credits it for the plum media job that she landed right out of University. 

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Image: Start-ups will help you multi-task and develop industry relevant skills.
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5. The name game

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Perhaps start-ups are guilty because they cannot pay us for the work we do. But they do want you to know that they heartily appreciate the time and effort you voluntarily dedicate for such a worthy establishment.

Most organisations will bestow generous posts and titles that will impress peers and interviewers tremendously.

Try names like Social Media Executive, Associate Director, Head PR Fellow, etc.

There isn't much to these names by way of money or power. But it instils a sense of purpose and respect that 'trainee' and 'intern' doesn't.

By the time you have completed your internship with a hi-fi title, seeing that name on your resume will enforce a sense of achievement that is simply unbeatable.


Image: Your efforts and achievements will be better noticed in a start-up as against a large organisation.
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