Recently we've been fielding a lot of questions about internships at Virta Labs ('tis the season), and we wanted to share some answers to the questions we hear most often. We're always happy to hear from prospective candidates. tl;dr: get in touch if you're amazing and you want to take ownership of a meaningful project during an internship.
Also, keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for an interview with hacker extraordinaire and current intern Jessica Wilson.
What kind of internship opportunities do you have?
We offer technical and non-technical internships at our Ann Arbor headquarters (HQ) and our Seattle satellite (there has to be a way to smush those words together...). Interns are welcome to join us for a summer, a semester, or an entire academic year.
We expect interns to take ownership of meaningful project work, and we hope that we all learn something new together in the process.
What kind of projects can I expect to work on?
Great startup employees often wear multiple hats. During the course of your interview process, we hope to uncover the types of work that would be best suited to your particular skills and interests.
What do you look for in candidates?
No particular background is required, but we actively seek those with a track record of inventing new solutions to difficult problems. Solid ethics are essential.
We've said it elsewhere, but we believe that excellence comes from the heart as well as the mind. We seek to support all of our employees' personal development and are honored to be part of each employee's story.
And, in case it isn't obvious, we are an equal opportunity employer.
What can I expect from the interview process?
Once you've submitted your résumé, you will hear back from us whether we're able to move forward with your candidacy or not. We do our best to respond quickly, but we aren't perfect and we move on a human time scale. Don't be afraid to get in touch if it's been longer than a few business days.
The interview process will generally include phone interviews with members of our team, and some combination of follow up interviews by phone, by video, or in house, depending on any number of factors.
We'll use our time together to assess whether we're a good fit for each other. Thanks in advance for spending the time with us!
Will I have to do [unglamorous task x] as an intern?
We hope not. But, like we mentioned before, a great startup employee often wears multiple hats. We all spend time working on menial stuff, but it's not a source of grief. There's too much other fun — and important — stuff to do!