Diving Into My SpellBound Internship- #1

I had two weeks to relax and prepare for my internship with SpellBound after finishing up the winter semester of my sophomore year.

Life was good.

I wanted to get an internship at SpellBound as soon as I realized that was an option for the program I was in (ELP AKA Entrepreneurs Leadership Program), and I pursued them relentlessly until they said yes.

I attended the startup career fair, created an unsolicited video for them, and tried to keep in touch until the hiring process started. Looking back, I realize how lucky I was to be hired by them because they were the only company I was pursuing, so if something didn’t work out on their end, I would likely end up interning somewhere that’s not a 10/10 on the “awesome internship” scale.

At this point you might be wondering, ” Why exactly did you want to intern with SpellBound so badly?”


There were many factors that drew me to them, but the two most important ones were:

  1. I connected with their purpose. Many companies have a goal that they’re working towards, but not all companies have a purpose. And even less companies have a purpose I could connect with. However, SpellBound’s mission seemed like an ideal fit because they help children in hospitals have a better patient experience by using Augmented Reality, and as a sickly kid who frequently had to visit the hospital, I viscerally felt the issue they were trying to fix.
  2. I wanted to work with AR. I believe Augmented Reality is one of the things that will be the “next Internet,” and working at a company that creates amazing experiences for children using this technology, and having the opportunity to maybe create some things myself even though this would be a sales and marketing internship was too good to pass up.

How did I feel about my internship coming up?

Nervous. Excited. Unsure of what to expect. All of the stereotypical things that people feel about doing something new, but I also felt ready because I knew I would be working at a company that aligns with my goals, so no matter how hard things would get, I would break through the barrier and get things done.

P.S.- The featured image was taken from Flickr under the Creative Commons 2.0 rights.

2 thoughts on “Diving Into My SpellBound Internship- #1

  • July 15, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    My name is Beth Bodiya and I am a Hub Coach at the Opportunity Hub; I will be following your blog posts this summer and can’t wait to hear how your internship goes. I really enjoy your writing style! Your enthusiasm and drive for what you do comes across so easily in your commentary.

    I’m not familiar with ELP — could you tell me more? I’m impressed by how purposeful you were in expressing your interest in SpellBound (this would be a great spot to insert a terrible pun about you keeping them spellbound 🙂 eesh). You definitely won them over! Congrats on landing your 10/10 internship!

    Your personal interest and passion in SpellBound’s purpose is inspiring. I can’t wait to hear more about their work. You mentioned that your responsibility this summer will be with sales/marketing – will you also have the opportunity to do some AR work? How big is the team and how long has SpellBound been around?

    Looking forward to following your footsteps!

    • July 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      Hey Beth,
      Thanks for your comment! I’m ready to be “coached” 🙂

      ELP is the Entrepreneur Leadership Program offered through the Center For Entrepreneurship (CFE). It’s a 2 semester program where students apply in the fall semester, take a class that helps then understand the startup world in the winter, get an internship at a startup during the summer, and then take another class in the fall to help us reflect and grow as entrepreneurs. It’s been a blast so far!

      The team was pretty open to me trying out new things as long as it didn’t get in the way of the tasks I absolutely had to do, so I did try out AR for a bit when prepping for Tech Trek (by creating Augmented Reality jenga), but my team and I decided it wasn’t a good fit so we scrapped it.

      SpellBound has been around for ~2 years now, and the team currently has 7 people who are at the office sometime during the week including me.



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