August 22, 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! As the internship comes to an end, I ask myself the same question that I always have around this time of year: did I have fun this summer? On the very first day of the internship, I was extremely nervous. I did not know what to expect, nor did I know what others expected of me. However, I immediately found myself completely occupied by hours of training, lunch with coworkers, and my first project. By the end of the first day, I was already looking forward to what the rest of summer would have in store for me. The culture at TubeMogul is nothing short of amazing. Every morning starting at 9, the office quickly livens up as employees enter the building. By 10, it is bursting with life as everyone is already engaged in discussing projects in their standup meetings. The positive energy remains throughout the day, and increases even further as coworkers challenge each other to a friendly yet extremely competitive game of foosball. A day goes by quickly at the office, but always with an impressive amount of work to show for it.
It did not take long before I became incorporated into this culture. As I dove into my final project – a tool that provides our clients further visibility and transparency into specific ad placements – I worked very closely with my team. We would have standup meetings to discuss the continuously growing functionality of our tool, the other interns and I would get together to integrate our parts, and the many knowledgeable engineers would be sure to help me whenever I got stuck.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I’m presenting my project in front of 100 people. In the end, we were able to create a high quality product that will actually be used by the company. It is really amazing to see what a couple of determined interns with infinite guidance from other engineers can accomplish in just a few months. In addition to just completing the project, I was able to learn so much from being at TubeMogul along the way, in both technical and nontechnical aspects.
It goes without fail that I should also mention the many events that happened throughout the past 3 months. Whether it was being there for the company’s IPO, celebrating our 300 employee landmark, or getting dinner with one of the co-founders, every event made me feel like I was part of something huge, watching history unfold as the company continues to grow into something greater than it already is.
As I finish my last day of the summer internship program at TubeMogul, I look back on the whole experience with a smile on my face. It’s hard to believe that in just one summer I was able to learn so many new things, meet so many great people, and create so many unforgettable memories. It is really unfortunate that such an enjoyable period of my life is coming to an end already, but I guess the saying is true: time really does fly when you’re having fun.