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Want Real Experience? Work for a StartUp

06.27.2022

I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first co-op or even what I wanted. As a communications and media studies major, I scoured the Northeastern co-op database looking at any position in either of those fields. Throughout the fall, I applied for companies big and small, ranging in all different industries from law firms to daily news sites. 

One of the companies on my list was a Boston-based software startup called Armored Things. But I was quite hesitant to work for a company focused on cutting-edge software – I had no familiarity with AI or machine learning.

However, during my interview, I was told that I would be able to have a hands-on role and be put to work, and as a college sophomore, I was hungry for the challenge. 

Six months later, I’m so happy that I made the decision to work for Armored Things. I have been able to learn more about the tech space and market as well as gain valuable or real-world experience that I wouldn’t have at a larger company. 

Some benefits of Startup Internships:

Startups come with a lot of challenges, and every day is different. The benefit for a co-op and intern is that they are thrown right into the action. My time with Armored Things may end in the next few months, but the knowledge and skills I have gained will follow me throughout the rest of my professional career.

Alex Trotto contributes to the Blog and Social Media channels for Armored Things. She is currently a Northeastern University student in her sophomore year.