Employee Spotlight: Summer 2017 Interns

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Summer of 2017 marked the debut of Terakeet’s Internship Program. This program provides qualified college students with opportunities to work alongside Terakeet marketing and technology professionals and help them accomplish important goals.

The focus of our first internship program has been supporting the development of a new influencer marketing product. This new product effort is led by SVP of Brand Experience, Andres Echenique, and provides a win-win experience for both interns and Terakeet by offering:

  • Focused tasks that are straightforward to train for
  • Work products that require curiosity and creativity for success
  • Opportunities for us to see the world through the eyes of young internet users and technologists who are NOT professional marketers yet

We were very fortunate and had an overwhelming amount of interest in our openings from many local colleges and universities, which ultimately brought us five very self-sufficient, motivated, and fun people who joined our talented Terakeet team.

Jay Upadhyay

Jay is an aspiring entrepreneur, working on his Master of Computer Science degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology, with an anticipated graduation date of August 2018. Jay applied to Terakeet because he appreciated the fact that the company was founded by a small group of Cornell University students, who now lead the digital marketing industry. Jay was attracted to the opportunity to develop his engineering skills and other hard and soft skills by interacting with various departments of the company.

What is the most important lesson or skill you’ve learned during your internship thus far?

I learned that success comes from self-responsibility, not forced discipline. Terakeet believes in providing project ownership with limited binds and restrictions to its employees for advanced learning. Senior Software Engineer Craig Waterman told me,“We believe in using the best tool for the job.” Terakeet engineers are not bound by a particular Programming language or a particular service. Instead, they are encouraged to find the best possible solution, using the best possible tools in the industry.

I feel like this is what makes Terakeet unique. It’s almost like the secret ingredient for employee happiness too, because they try to not only satisfy all the needs of the employees but also give them the freedom to think innovatively while fostering the type of environment that best suits them.

What moment or moments stand out for you as memorable and/or exemplary of what it’s like to work at Terakeet?

While there are many moments worth mentioning like Friday morning Circle Up, breakfasts, and shout-outs, I would like to state how inspired I am by the sense of responsibility the employees have here at Terakeet. I was amazed by how in-tune employees are, even while on vacation. They are constantly in touch with team updates via chats on Slack, and always voluntarily help resolve an issue.

Such a sense of responsibility cannot be forced. When you feel one with the team and consider every project as your own, it happens naturally.

Bhavin Shah

Bhavin is working on his Master of Computer Science degree at RIT with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018.

What was it about Terakeet that motivated you to apply for and accept a summer internship here?

I made up my mind to join Terakeet after speaking with the SVP of Engineering, Ryan Garver. Through this conversation, I realized Terakeet was not just looking for interns with coding skills, but for interns with curiosity and the ability to take ownership of tasks with an innovative approach.

A successful employee at Terakeet is not someone who merely completes an assigned task. A successful employee at Terakeet will come up with a solution or innovative method to complete the task that can add value to the project.

What moment or moments stand out for you as memorable and/or exemplary of what it’s like to work at Terakeet?

The shout outs! Every Friday morning during Circle Up, COO Ralph Torillo and other employees present news, updates, and announcements before everyone has the opportunity to share a “shout out.” The purpose of a shout out is to recognize a team member or coworker for representing at least one of Terakeet’s Core Values of integrity, invention, sustainable value, rapid response, and entrepreneurship during that week. I have never seen anything like this before.

Jade Miller

Jade is working on her marketing degree at the University of Rochester with an anticipated graduation date in 2019. Jade was looking for a marketing internship around Syracuse and decided to pursue Terakeet for the opportunity to learn advanced social media and both traditional and influencer marketing.

What moment or moments stand out for you as memorable and/or exemplary of what it’s like to work at Terakeet?

Personally, I’m a huge fan of traditions and organized, team-based events and extracurriculars. Seeing and being a part of a workplace that values traditions like Terakeet Field Day, Entrepreneurship Day, sports teams, etcetera is very unique. These opportunities are very important and let you build and strengthen relationships with your co-workers outside of work. It’s a weird concept, but being able to be a part of a company where you can work and have fun is so important, and having these types of team building opportunities available really shows how much Terakeet cares about its employees.

Rachel Redmore

Rachel is working on her marketing degree at Providence College with an anticipated graduation date in 2019. Rachel was drawn to Terakeet’s summer internship so she could gain hands-on marketing experience. 

What is the most important lesson or skill you’ve learned during your internship thus far?

I have learned how to confidently make suggestions, ask questions, and grow socially as a person since being at Terakeet. Although I joined the company for a marketing position, I have learned a life skill that will continue to help me throughout my career.

What moment or moments stand out for you as memorable and/or exemplary of what it’s like to work at Terakeet?

Something that stands out to me is when Office Manager Martha Cummings brings in food for the entire office every Friday. I don’t think that I have ever seen so many different types of donuts, or tasted such good banana bread. Trying to sit at my desk, which always happens to be right next to where the food is set up, and do work is definitely a challenge in the morning, but I look forward to it every week. I think it shows that Terakeet is not only focused on business but also cares about its employees and making an effort to know everyone better.

Vijit Singhal

Vijit is working on his Master of Computer Science degree at the University of Buffalo with an anticipated graduation date of February 2018.

What was it about Terakeet that motivated you to apply and accept a summer internship here?

The most exciting thing that struck me was the opportunity to work on totally new and booming cutting-edge technologies like Phoenix, Elixir, etc., along with the data analytics/science exposure. Also, after my interview with Andres, the work sounded pretty cool and challenging with a lot of room to explore and collaborate with marketing experts.

What moment or moments stand out for you as memorable and/or exemplary of what it’s like to work at Terakeet?

The moment that stood out to me most was during one of the weekly Friday morning Circle Up meetings when both CEO Mac Cummings & CTO Pat Danial set up an impromptu 5-minute timer to listen to requests from all employees. Having previously worked at a company where you never even saw the CEO, it was pretty cool and very unique to witness.

Apart from this, the friendly and welcoming nature of all the employees is something I’ll always remember.