My Internship Experience

Posted: Tue, 05 February 2013 by Cara

I’m Cara, one of the interns at Bloom VC, and I’ve just moved into my paid position after a positive internship review. I’m thrilled to be continuing as I’ve had an amazing 12 weeks, and I want to share my experience, especially for those of you who are considering applying for the internship opportunity! I’ll talk through some of the highs and lows for me, and hopefully give an insight into the role of a Bloom intern.

Well, where to start? It’s been an incredible rollercoaster that’s left me wondering where the last 12 weeks went! I originally came across Bloom as a backer, and loved the simple idea of crowdfunding, and the personal touch that came across in all the projects. When an internship opportunity came up, I knew I had to go for it! Not just because I wanted that golden word ‘internship’ on my CV, but I was really excited about the idea of working for Bloom. Helping dreams come true? Sounds like my perfect job.

Now before you start rolling your eyes, it wasn’t a walk in the park! Actually starting my internship plunged me into a daunting world of new systems and processes, and tasks that I wasn’t sure I could do. You will get support when you need it, but don’t expect to have your hand held. I suppose I did at the start, and quickly realised that I needed to start getting on with things and stop asking for permission.

The smallest things made me incredibly nervous - a last minute panic that the newsletter had spelling mistakes, or calling my first project owner to discuss how to progress their project.  I was invited to meetings about potential projects and expected to contribute, I was individually assigned projects that I had to get ready for launch, and I was left feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Those feelings soon disappeared as I grew in confidence and became much better at my tasks. I began to appreciate that I wasn’t spoon fed as I developed the skills and knowledge much quicker – because I had to! It all paid off as I was able to see projects progress from creation all the way through to successful funding, and it’s an amazing feeling!

I have made fantastic contacts through Bloom, and though the work can be frustrating at times, I love working with projects and helping them realise their goals. The key thing about being an intern with Bloom is that you are valued as part of the team, not ignored as someone who makes the coffee. So you can expect responsibility, and high standards, but that’s just the real world for you and there are so many benefits you can gain – experience, contacts, skills, personal achievement, a job you enjoy!

That’s just a taste of what I’ve experienced, but I’m more than happy to talk to anyone interested in becoming an intern, so you know what to expect if you are successful.

Contact me:

Email: cara@bloomvc.com

Skype: carapleym

Twitter: @carapleym