My very first internship was with Esquared, which helps corporate companies, educational institutions and universities, public figures, and a few cats, to manage their digital lives and online presence, by taking care of their Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Blogs and more. My job as a full-time intern at Esquared was to contact the directors and senior personnel of various MBA schools and get in touch with them regarding the services we had to offer, following which I prepared business development and SEO strategies for them.I managed to crazy good deals with 3 different B-schools and was awarded a generous bonus for my efforts.
I also took interviews for aspiring interns for Esquared and was declared ‘Intern of the month’ – June-July. Mrs Gunjan Aggarwal, Founder, Esquared, acted as a mentor, boss, friend and most importantly, one of the most wonderfully intelligent and creative person to work with.
My second internship was with Wishpicker, an online gift store, which allows you to pick just the right gift according to the relationship you have with the person, their age, and other interesting preferences. They have collaborated with stores across the country, like Flipkart, Engrave, Fab Furnish, Happily Unmarried, Nineteen, First Cry, Lime Road, Carat Lane and more, to make sure your gift gets delivered at the doorstep you want.
At Wishpicker, I maintained the company blog, designed and developed the required pages on the website and tracked bugs in the existing code and solve them. This exposed me to various technologies, and I got to work with amazing people in the team, not to mention, Mr. Apurv Bansal, Co-Founder, Wishpicker, an extremely intelligent, fun-loving, strict but helpful boss.
I learnt that sometimes your best might not be good enough and hence, there can always be room for improvement. I changed a lot personality wise, and inclined more towards being an ambivert person, as I developed great communication skills and caught up on a few tricks of the business and industry, in general. I understood how vital it was to just ask for help without hesitating or feeling embarrassed, because at the end of the day, that is how the company grows along with you.
My colleagues in both the places were a pleasure to be around with. they offered me guidance and help when I needed it and gave me a chance to learn from their past experiences, without emphasizing on the fact that I was just an intern. They treated me like a full-time employee.
Ankit Madan is pursuing his B.E. in Computer Science from Thapar Univeristy, Mumbai.
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