Marketing internship in a startup. Yay or nay?
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An internship that was tailored based on my learning expectations.
Published on August 25, 2020
by Hannah Albeus
When I first learnt about Workbean, I was intrigued. Always hearing many stories of unhappy Filipino workers settling in a toxic workplace, the vision of Workbean to inspire a healthier and happier life at work by guiding job seekers to companies they are well-suited for really resonated with me and made me want to be a part of something meaningful.
Before applying, I thought:
“I think this company is doing something really great for society and I want to be a part of it– I, too, want to make an impact in the lives of Filipino workers.”
Now having worked in Workbean, I was not only able to contribute to their vision, I was also able to experience firsthand what it meant to work where I belong.
I clearly remember my internship interview with the co-founder of Workbean. Applying for the first time in my life, I felt that I was too inexperienced, so when she asked me the question, “What are your salary expectations?”, I said, “I don’t really have any experience so I think you can measure my worth through the work I’ll be rendering.” Imagine my shock when she responded with:
“No, never measure your worth from your work. It will be unfair not to pay you especially since you will be allocating your time and effort for us.”
I came into the interview not expecting anything (it’s my very first job interview!) but to my surprise, I came out not only with a salary, but a company that values me and the work that I do — that’s why when they offered me the internship, I accepted it with no hesitation at all.
When I started working with them, I’ve got to admit, the workload was hard! But it was just as rewarding. They gave me an internship program that was tailored to my learning expectations so I found every task activity value-adding to my career goals. The internship was project-based and I had full autonomy on how I want to run it.
My first project was to research about viral marketing and apply its concepts to the marketing plans to increase our followers. Sadly, just like many of our firsts, it’s hard to do it right the first time around even though I gave it my all. I did not meet my KPIs.
Thankfully, I was fortunate to have managers that made this process easier by being the most approachable and supportive people to work with. Instead of reprimanding me, they encouraged me and taught me to continuously learn from my mistakes, because according to them, as long as I continue knocking, the door will eventually open up for me– and with their guidance, it did.
I achieved 200% of my KPI by the end of my stint.
Even though we had a work from home setup, thanks to Discord, I still felt connected to the team through our bi-weekly cadence calls. It helped that we were treated like regular employees and were part of the major meetings and constantly in contact with everyone in the company. We knew what was happening in the other departments, and vice versa; everyone was willing to lend a hand to the other departments when needed. Also, the team would always make it a point to recognize the big or small wins of each person.
As you have read, I have only good words to say for the time I spent here in Workbean. Having experienced working here, I am inspired more than ever to look for the right job and company for me — and to never settle for less. After all, if I will work 40 hours a week, which is nearly a quarter of my whole week, then I’d probably want those hours to count and be more enjoyable.
I believe Workbean will make it big someday, because of the people running it who are not only passionate in their values and mission but also embody it, and I’m glad at some point of my life, I was able to be a part of it.
Hannah is a former marketing intern at Workbean. She is currently a student in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her idea of fun is devouring numerous books. Food is her greatest comfort, and fashion gives her life.