At Threat Stack, our team and culture play a critical role in allowing us to build the leading continuous security monitoring solution on the market. We’re all thrilled about the early (and overwhelmingly positive) market response to Threat Stack’s security offering and getting indoctrinated into the AWS ecosystem. Our company culture of constant improvement and dedication to put customers first has fostered this early success, and we’re excited to know that it’ll only get better from here.
Earlier this summer, we brought on two summer interns to assist our full-time team in helping Threat Stack grow. They have been tackling both business and engineering projects with impressive results. As they’ve just finished their time with us this summer, we’d like to share a little about our them and what it’s like to be a Threat Stack intern.
Veronica Checksfield: Boston University
A Public Relations major at Boston University College of Communications, Veronica was our Marketing and Business Development intern. She has experience in media relations, integrated marketing communications, product marketing, advertising, social media, blogging, and event planning -- you name it! Outside of being a business jack-of-all-trades, Veronica enjoys music and fashion.
Jadon Montero: Yale University
As an engineering major at Yale University, Jadon was our Engineering intern. He directly contributed code to Cloud Sight, created an internal dashboard for aggregating data across multiple systems, regularly updated our website, and tested several new Cloud Sight features. This fall, Jadon is taking time off from school to build a student project, The Elmseed Enterprise Fund.
This is what they had to say about their Threat Stack internship:
This summer, we worked in the heart of the Boston tech scene at Threat Stack. We will preface this section by saying that even after three months of working here, we are not (yet) cloud security experts, but have learned more valuable lessons than we could have imagined during our summer here. The startup environment can seem overwhelming, from the long days and non-stop work to the amount of raw energy and enthusiasm that bonds everyone in the company. But we quickly adapted to Threat Stack’s style and learned many valuable lessons during our time here.
What we learned about startup internships
Being able to work at a startup is an incredibly unique opportunity for anyone -- regardless of where they are in their career. The energy and enthusiasm of the startup environment is nearly impossible to recreate at a more established company.
I [Veronica] have had many positive experiences at larger and more structured companies, and while I’ve learned a lot from those experiences, the startup environment was uncharted territory for me. I was curious about everything. Working hard for 12 hours straight? No one bats an eye. Hanging out with the team after a long day at the office and then coming into work the next day bright and early? Expected behavior.
As interns working alongside full-time business and engineering team members, we both truly felt like a part of an extremely talented team that was dedicated to constantly improving the product and the company. It was a unique experience that we wanted to share with others considering an internship at a startup.
Here are our 4 most memorable startup internship takeaways:
1. Never be afraid to speak up about ideas or opinions you may have
There is no room for complacency at a startup. New ideas and processes are welcomed from any member of the team, whether you are an intern or executive. This creates a comfortable atmosphere where anyone can feel good about sharing their thoughts or opinions on just about anything.
2. Always ask questions if you are unsure about something
Because we all worked so closely together, it was important that every team member was on the same page. That said, questions were more than welcomed, allowing us all to learn together and stay on the same path.
3. Listen and observe as much as possible
The energy, positivity and intelligence of every member of the team is literally visible and infectious at Threat Stack! We observed every bit of it and learned a ton.
4. Try something you may not have done at any other job
The point here is that at a startup, everyone wears many hats. We learned about sales, marketing, cloud security, you name it, because of this.
The entire Threat Stack team is truly grateful to Veronica and Jadon for an incredible and very productive summer!
Interested in working with the team our interns could not get enough of? We’re hiring!
You can also find us at this year’s AWS re:Invent conference where our team will be demonstrating Threat Stack’s capabilities that were already enthusiastically received at the AWS Summit in New York this summer.