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This past summer Ghostery was fortunate to have its first few interns work alongside the company in the New York City office. From writing code to writing content, these interns were immersed in Ghostery culture. In this two-part series, we’ll be sharing what our summer Ghosterians had to say about their experience.
Brennan – Content Marketing Intern
How did you come to join Ghostery for the internship?
“I was online, stress applying to internships after realizing I was a bit behind my friends who had theirs secured for the summer, and even the fall. I happened upon Ghostery completely by accident on LinkedIn, read the summary, and felt it was such a unique and different company than the others I applied to. I sent in my resume and cover letter, was given an opportunity to fill out the application questions (which included some online research, grammar work, and an article with personal freedom attached to it), spoke with many different company members on the phone, and was given the opportunity to work for them.”
What was your day-to-day like?
“While I was only in the office a total of 4 times, as my internship was mostly remote, I spent about 5 hours a day (as I was part-time – 20 hours a week) doing online research for different articles and writing them. For my first week, when I went into the office, I spent the time going through the Ghostery University meetings – learning about and understanding the work Ghostery does in detailed explanations. I even had the opportunity to go to the 10 year anniversary party and meet old, new, and current employees, all who were extremely passionate about what they do/did.”
What challenges did you face?
“I came in quite unknowing of all the work Ghostery did, and the background of software engineering/computer science that went into it. I found that the meetings, although nice to meet everyone, were most helpful in teaching me the nitty gritty of the company and which factors (online) are being targeted. I also found that some items I wrote about that I wasn’t already predisposed to (such as the GDPR), I had to do extra research on, but it helped me understand Ghostery even more in the long run. It has even helped me during class, so it’s truly a win-win.”
How did you enjoy the change of location and life outside of the office?
“Working in both the New York office, which is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods of the city, and in my own home, was really nice. I was able to experience the hustle of an office where you can build upon others as you work, and have the quiet, secluded experience where you can get a lot done with little distraction – both benefitting my ability to produce content. Also, everyone was always available for help, and outside of the office you really get to meet and learn about the people you are working with, which is so much nicer than only speaking while in the office.”
How will this experience benefit you moving forward?
“I can honestly say that Ghostery has been such an incredible experience for me. I have held a second internship position at another company during my time here, but it was just not as fulfilling, or rewarding, as Ghostery has been. I have learned so much about the tech industry, Ghostery as a company, and have met some very kind, helpful, and extremely passionate people – something you tend to not see as much anymore in a world where people care more about money than they do about doing something they truly care about.”
Any words of advice for somebody looking to do an internship in the tech industry?
“The tech industry is, I believe, the highest grossing industry in the country (but I could be wrong? I do know it’s up there, though). You get a highly motivated, but also laid back vibe from the environment of the office. Everyone is working to create the best content/product they can, but they do it in a way that doesn’t feel stuffy and conceding. No one wants to see you fail – and everyone is open to help. Tech is such an important part of our lives, and will continue to be, so it’s really interesting to see the internal work that goes into it, and how much work needs to be done across the global scale to keep yourself safe online.”
Interested in becoming an intern?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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