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:
- 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.
- 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.