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Gaining Experience That is New & Valuable

Gaining Experience That is New & Valuable

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By Sonjoy Singhi, Cleveland State University My internship at Flashstarts has been a fun experience because of the incredible tech startups residing in the building.  On my first day, many of the startups gave their pitch, and each of them were very different.  For example, one company was calculating the wing cycle speed of bees, and another company helped assist people with their mental health. The interns were then given approximately four companies to work with simultaneously. I had to meet with all of my companies and get to know them.  Each of the companies had a unique task that they required, and as interns, we were assigned those tasks based on our discipline (marketing for me).  For example, the business students got market research and business development tasks, whereas computer science interns received…
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Out On A Limb

Out On A Limb

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Flashstarts Marketing Intern, Mason Ansel By Mason Ansel, Denison University I have spent 21 years in Ohio. I grew up about an hour from Columbus and I have always felt such a strong connection to the capital. Upon beginning my internship search I was determined to stay within my comfort zone of Columbus. What I didn’t realize was that I was about to fully step out of that comfort zone, and throw myself into a completely new place.  Spring Semester: Looking for internships is stressful and time consuming. A large portion of my Winter Break and the start of my second semester was dedicated to school work and finding a summer job. I came across Flashstarts when looking at the Summer on the Cuyahoga, a program that aims to bring…
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Talking About My Work At Flashstarts Is Difficult

Talking About My Work At Flashstarts Is Difficult

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Flashstarts Intern Manan Ganeriwala By Manan Ganeriwala, Denison University Coming in as a Business Management Intern at Flashstarts Inc. was nerve wracking to me in every sense of the phrase. I’ve always considered myself more of a ‘finance guy,’ and taking up a role at a startup accelerator was really out of my comfort zone. Now that I am a little over the halfway mark, talking about my experiences in the Business Management department is by far one of the most difficult explanations I have to give, but not in the way you might think.  “Intern driven” is a phrase that many employers like to throw out, but very few actually practice. Flashstarts really means it when they say that their interns will be doing meaningful work. All my doubts…
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Introducing Flashstarts  Crossword Puzzle

Introducing Flashstarts Crossword Puzzle

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Attention Future Interns! Flashstarts intern Kareem Danan has curated a fun and exciting crossword puzzle. Whether you are just beginning your Flashstarts experience or whether you're deciphering if Flashstarts is the right fit for you, this crossword puzzle is a good way to get acquainted with what's it like to work at Flashstarts. Let's see how clever you are. *note most answers you can guess by attending Flashstarts. Therefore if you haven't already, apply as an intern for the upcoming year. It's your only answer key! (But feel free to try solving it anyway!) [game-crossword id="6661" ]
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A Saturday With The Cleveland Indians

A Saturday With The Cleveland Indians

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The day started like any other uneventful Saturday in June. Me and the boys woke up and bummed around, eating pizza rolls for lunch. As I was chomping on a roll that was much too hot to safely consume, I remembered that the Indians are in town. Being an Indians fan but never living in Cleveland was always a problem for me growing up, but no longer. The boys and I got tickets immediately and headed down to The Jake (now falsely considered Progressive Field).  Now you may be wondering why I’m in Cleveland in the first place. I’m here thanks to the Flashstarts internship program, possibly the greatest internship program on earth. I’ve had a blast working for multiple startups and meeting so many intellectual, yet humorous individuals. And,…
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Experiencing Flashstarts: More Than An Internship

Experiencing Flashstarts: More Than An Internship

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With only two weeks left we are nearing the end the Flashstarts experience. I can honestly say it has been unlike any other internship I've ever experienced before. About a month ago I dedicated myself to capturing the experiences of other interns as they were just beginning their journeys here at Flashstarts. It has been an honor working with them, and looking back on where we started I am proud of how far we have come. I hope listening to this motivates you to embark on your own experience and be fearless while doing it. Hear's an insider look on the Flashstart's internship experience. Audio Story edited and produced by Tierra Tramble "Dream Team" 2019 Flashstarts Interns 2019 Accelerator Company Founders
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Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

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Tyler Holsopple, Hustler Intern at Flashstarts “Be comfortable being uncomfortable.” Our first lesson as interns. If we were to understand working at Flashstarts, we would need to quickly adapt to this kind of environment. As a startup accelerator, Flashstarts is all about being uncomfortable. Every project stretches our abilities and widens our awareness of what it takes to get a company started. So far, I have already worked on a grant proposal, surveyed potential customers, reviewed profit-loss statements, and created a slide deck on potential pricing models. Many of these things, I have never done before and I expect there are plenty more projects to come.. Quickly, I have learned to “be comfortable being uncomfortable.” It is known that a large majority of startups do not survive. Which ones emerge…
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The Summer Has Just Begun

The Summer Has Just Begun

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[A dragon in the night at the Cleveland Zoo’s Asian Lantern Festival] As a rising senior at Smith College, I am very glad to have chosen Flashstarts to be my first internship. Most of my life’s big decisions were taken before I got the chance to know all of the details. From going to Smith to choosing this internship, all of these major leaps were taken even though I was unfamiliar with what they offer or even where they were located. At the time that I agreed to take this job I knew that Flashstarts was in Cleveland and that they worked with startups, but other than that I had no other expectations as to what it was. At first I was intimidated to have been hired for a job…
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For Every Ending a New Beginning Awaits

For Every Ending a New Beginning Awaits

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It was the conclusion of my junior year at Miami University. The next chapter of my life would begin with 25 other hungry interns staring down rice bowls, tacos, pizza, and more. Already the true signs of a great internship experience. It was the beginning of my first week at Flashstarts’ internship program where I work as a graphic design intern, and it all started as we entered the office on our first day to find a coworking space the size of an entire mall floor. The space features one of the most diverse areas to work in, including workspaces such as standard offices all the way to hammocks, bean bag chairs, and furniture I don’t know the name of. We even have a workout space! Day one, we immediately…
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