August 13, 2014
Welcome to "Intern Insights", a series of blog posts written by the ten college students working with TubeMogul this summer. Each week we will publish a blog post from one of our interns outlining their learnings, experiences and digital video trends they observe while they work with us. Enjoy! Last week was my two-month milestone as a UI intern here at TubeMogul and, tomorrow, I will present my main intern project that I’ve been working on in a four-man team since June. Despite the presentation, I feel at peace as I’ve been guided through my work under the professional mentorship of my co-workers or, as I have come to know them, the “Learners.”
As part of TubeMogul’s training process, each employee is required take a Clifton StrengthsFinder quiz in order to discover his or her top five personality strengths. Throughout my time at TubeMogul, I found myself asking for help more often of those who have the “Learner” attribute as a top strength. “Learners” are typically the ones who continuously strive to improve and are excited by the process of learning from start to finish. I realized later that improvement to a “Learner-inclined” individual applies not only to himself, but also to everyone – and everything – around him. Whenever I’ve needed advice throughout my internship, I always felt a natural gravitation to the “Learners” in the office. I figure that it makes sense that someone who learns well would also have the potential to teach well.
Ultimately, I think this “Learner” attribute is one that is shared by the company as a whole. TubeMogul management is supportive, communicative, and horizontal. In fact, the executive staff sits just a few steps away from my desk and I have always been welcomed into their offices when questions about my project came up.
Code reviews and UI team meetings with my co-workers helped me optimize my engineering strategies. My manager, Larry, helped me transition smoothly into the general workflow of the UI department during my first several days by assigning me bugs and answering my questions about the code base as I fixed them. Chintan, Ray, Ryan, David and Snehal, along with the rest of the UI team, always have a determined attitude and never give up on solving an issue after starting on it. I’ve never been stuck on any task at work because I’ve always been able to work with my team to complete it.
Camille – the TubeMogul University Programs Manager - aided greatly with intern bonding. I appreciated her dropping by to say hi, checking on my progress often and always wearing a friendly smile, especially in the beginning when I was just starting to get to know everyone!
The empowering culture and solid work ethic of TubeMogul makes my job social, collaborative and fun. Every day I look forward to working together with my teammates to improve the product and I enjoy seeing my work in action. And, every day I learn skills from my managers and team leads – the “Learners” – that I will one day apply to my own management style