So the startup I’m interning for this summer is in an industry I had never heard of before.
Water infrastructure is one of the many industries that are super important to us as a population, but at the same time, it is one of the most overlooked.
What is water infrastructure?
Water infrastructure is a broad term.
It can refer to systems such as water supply, treatment, storage, management, etc.
The startup I’m working with is focused on the pipes that bring us drinking water.
These are called potable water pipes.
Most pipes around the US have been installed over 100 years ago, and they are now past their lifespan.
Are you familiar with the Flint Water Crisis?
Hopefully, you are.
Well, part of what caused it is the fact that Flint has really old pipes.
And the water utilities, the companies who own these pipes, are working on replacing them.
But there’s A LOT to replace.
And it costs A LOT of money to replace them.
The startup I’m working for is finding a solution to this problem.
Everything I just told you, is what I learned in the first week of my internship.
When I started, the main thing I had to do was get some domain knowledge of the space we’re working in.
I had to learn the jargon, the sales processes, and essentially anything to do with the potable water industry.
I learned about our competitors, our potential customers, and our potential investors.
The first week was boring, but I’d honestly have it no other way.
It made me find a passion for solving the problem.
It helped me understand what we needed to do to get clean water to everyone on the planet.
My first week on the job, albeit research-heavy and boring (to me), was pretty cool.
I’m excited for the rest of the summer.