Not all internships consist of coffee making and errand running. In fact, many opportunities provide amazing experiences that help set students up for success following graduation — and maybe even find a full-time role when the time comes.
Check out some of this summer's internship programs at six local companies — each of which offers a primer on what it's like to work in Austin tech.
What they do: Sprinklr’s enterprise social media management platform helps brands like Nike and Microsoft market, advertise, sell and research across the digital realm, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and 21 other channels throughout the world.
Who they’re looking for: Sprinklr's bringing on motivated team players who welcome a challenge and are passionate about social media. You'll need to be available 30 to 40 hours a week. If you've got prior experience that's great — but definitely not required.
What they do: Ihiji builds monitoring tools for IT professionals who remotely manage and monitor IoT devices for both residential and business purposes. The company graduated from the Austin Technology Incubator and is now a member company at Capital Factory.
Who they’re looking for: Ihiji is in the market for collaborative, fun individuals who are ready to dive into an established but still growing startup. Although not required, it'll help if you have an interest in the technology that drives audio/video, networking and home automation systems.
What they do: Springbox is a digital services and marketing company boasting a suite of specialties, including brand development, websites, optimization, research strategy and UX analytics, applications, social, content creation and more.
Who they’re looking for: Bright and brilliant individuals with a liking for dogs, since employee dogs are encouraged to join their humans at work. All candidates should be a junior or senior at an accredited university, or recently graduated, in pursuit of a degree or with a degree in the relative field.
What they do: Roverpass is creating an online booking channel for RV Parks and campsites. This startup was founded by executives who also started uShip, Ticketbud and MakerSquare.
The gig: Campground Copywriting Internship
Who they’re looking for: Talented writers ready and excited to gain some real world experience in a startup environment. It's also a plus if you are outdoors aficionado who understands camping jargon — or at least are willing to learn.
What they do: The team at CreditCards.com develops an online credit card marketplace to help consumers compare credit card offerings by category, low-interest rates, rewards programs, airline cards, cashback cards and more. Their site is visited by over one million users every month.
The gig: INTERN Software Engineer
Who they’re looking for: Currently enrolled students in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Texas. Must have proven experience implementing and shipping software for a critical audience, whether via a previous internship, freelance work, hackathons, or GitHub projects
What they do: HomeAway’s vacation rental marketplace and sites feature over 1.2 million paid listings throughout 190 countries. Their platforms make it easier for rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings.
Who they’re looking for: Candidates with strong communication skills, academic experience in the appropriate fields and the willingness to jump in and learn as much as they can during HomeAway's training program, HomeAway University.