Lizzy Merrall is at Durham University studying Politics and Philosophy. She spent two months interning for a Series A tech startup in Queensland, Australia on Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program.
I decided to apply for the Start Me Up programme because I wanted to experience what it was like to work for a start-up and to live in Australia.
During my internship, I worked with a Brisbane-based tech startup that developed a messenger app to improve communication between separated parents.
The app flags when a message uses inflammatory language, and delays the sending of those messages so they have time to revise the message. The length of delay depends on the perceived hurtfulness of the message.
Although I don’t come from a tech background, I was given the opportunity to edit the company website and learn some CSS coding and Adobe Photoshop in the process.
I also performed competitor analysis and general market-research, which was really fitting given my interest in finance.
Because my startup was relatively small (when I first joined we were a team of three), I was able to work on an incredibly wide variety of tasks.
I felt that my work had a tangible impact and that I really got to know the people on my team as well as other startups in the co-working space.
Outside of working hours, I attended exclusive networking events across the city through the program and met very interesting professionals – even meeting someone who was asked to work on Sophia the Robot (Sophia is a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics).
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience on this program and was especially fortunate to have received a job offer from my start-up after my 2-month internship.
I’m really glad that I can still be a part of their team and work for them remotely from the UK – despite the difficulties of time difference.
If you want an insight into the unique career path the start-up world offers or want to experience living abroad, I really believe that this program will help you achieve that.