Kitty studied Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Sussex and interned this summer in Bali with Start Me Up.
Why did you decide to join Start Me Up?
“I decided to join Start Me Up because it seems that everything you’ll find at University pushes you straight into a graduate scheme or graduate job, which wasn’t what I was interested in. So, I wanted to see what other opportunities were available to me; different worlds of work and ways of working.
The idea of working for a startup company was really interesting because it has a much smaller community with fewer employees and you have a larger involvement in the company.”
What Projects have you been working on?
“I’m working for a renewable energy company. They’re based in Singapore but they work throughout Indonesia and rural communities and they develop infrastructure projects with solar energy and water to help provide electricity and water to rural communities. I’m loving it, it’s a great company.”
What do you think of the co-working spaces you’ve been working from?
“It’s definitely something new to me and I didn’t really know they existed, but I really like it.
Everyone’s so friendly and I love the fact that you can get a lot of different ideas from the varying people you meet. You can network with them, find out what they’re doing and if it’s something that you could be involved with. They even sometimes offer help with your project,so it’s a really great space to work.”
What events have you been to?
“I’ve been to an event on sustainability which is where I met this woman who was really interesting. She works in impact investing which is what I’ve been doing for my company, so it was really useful chatting to her.”
So what do you guys do as interns on a daily basis?
“On a daily basis the interns tend to stick together a lot which is great. We usually come to the coworking spaces around 9:00 a.m. in the morning, work through to lunch, get lunch somewhere lovely and work until about five. We then go for dinner together somewhere in Canggu and then wonder down to the beach for sunset.”
What do you do on weekends in Bali then?
“We tend to go travelling most weekends. We’ve been to Nusa Penida, to the beaches in Uluwatu, we climbed Mount for a sunrise trek. There’s just so much to do here. It’s honestly incredible, Bali has really surprised me with how amazing it is.”
What advice do you have for future interns?
“I’d say be as open minded as possible and try everything. Go to as many events as possible as youl never know who you’re going to meet and what you’ll learn from them.”