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Interning at startups: Reasons why you should consider small startups

  • Published at 12:00 pm September 11th, 2016
Interning at startups: Reasons why you should consider small startups
When choosing between internship opportunities, it is easy to settle for big and established organisations. Well, who wouldn't want heavyweight names like Nestle, Unilever and British American Tobacco on their resumes? While big names can do wonders for your career, working for smaller organisations like start-ups can be immensely rewarding as well. When you are interning for a promising start-up, you are likely to be in for a host of real-life experience that is otherwise, hard to come by in any other industry. With the startup scene in Bangladesh progressing at break-neck speed, interning at one makes a lot more sense now. Real responsibilities Working at an early-stage start-up means every member of the team is crucial to the organisation which also includes interns. Time is an important factor during this stage, meaning everyone needs to be hands-on-matters since working on projects can have a direct impact on stakeholders of the start-up. Completing your first project or publishing your first post can be nerve-racking. But once you get past your fears and start taking on more responsibilities, you will start to show ownership of important projects, which is critical in landing you a permanent job. Not only that, you will surely gain a lot of confidence now that you know you are capable of running a project. Acquiring insight Interning for a big organisation would often see you end up with limited exposure to different business facets and the industry, apart from the small portion that you are directly working on. With a large number of employees, you are less likely to have exposure to most of the aspects of the business. However, it is impossible not to if you are working at a start-up with a relatively smaller team. Here, you are likely to get a better knowledge about the inner workings of your organisation, as well as the industry. Opportunities to try out different paths If you are still unsure about the field you want to specialise on after graduating, the cross-team experience from start-ups can help you identify other avenues which might interest you. Start-up internships may find you working for communications, marketing, finance and almost everything you are capable of. You can definitely choose the ones that interest you and ask your superior to hand you more work concerning that particular field. Small teams at start-ups also mean that you would be able to interact more with professionals from different departments, which would enable you to understanding their roles better. Even if you do not pursue their path, knowing different roles of the organisation will help you as you move forward in your career. Build important contacts One great thing about small start-ups is that, you will be able to make more contacts, both in-house as well as different stakeholders outside, whom you will have to meet and work with over the course of your internship. Having an arsenal of great contacts in your pockets can benefit you throughout the entirety of your career. While most early-stage start-ups in Bangladesh are run on a tight budget, chances are that you will not be offered too much for your efforts. However, if your start-up is a success, the sky is the limit. So update your resume and hand it in at a startup that interests you. Wouldn't it be nice to mention some “real” experience on your internship report? Want to send in internship articles? Email us at [email protected] 
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