Meet Our Interns!

Shayna Atkins
Jul 11 · 6 min read

AtkCo’s Internship Program 2019

Starting in June, AtkCo has welcomed 3 wonderful interns for this summer. They are Emily, Praise, and Jenny. Let us know more about them through this interview.

Tell us about yourself! What is your major? What school do you attend? What do you like to do in your free time?

E: I am Emily, a rising senior at Rice University, majoring in Mathematical Economic Analysis. I love watching different kinds of movies and hitting the gym in my free time. I’m also very passionate about traveling around the world.

P: I’m an English Studies major from the University of Port Harcourt. I switched careers to User Experience Design with a focus on User Research. I’m always inquisitive and love doing lots of research on everything interesting in my free time.

J: My name is Jenny and I’m currently a student at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo, CA. I am majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology. I love exercising, and my favorite sports are the ultimate frisbee and kickboxing. I also love eating my way through different cities and long train rides with a good playlist.

Emily LinkedIn

How did you find out about AtkCo? What made you decide to apply to the internship program?

E: I found the AtkCo internship program on the Handshake website. I was very interested in the agile methodology because I was totally unfamiliar with it. I reached out to Shayna Atkins, the founder, on LinkedIn, and immediately decided to apply.

P: While starting out in my User Experience Design career, I stumbled on Queen’s Brunch opening for an unpaid internship position. This was a great opportunity for a head start in my career, so I grabbed it immediately. Shayna Atkins owns Queens Brunch at that time and after my internship, I maintained a good relationship with her and my fellow intern colleagues.
Fast forward to 2019, I saw the opening for Product Management Intern on Facebook and Linkedin. Product Management has always been an interesting field I wanted to learn about so I considered the Internship position a great option to learn on the Job. I reached out to her and applied immediately.

J: I found out about AtkCo through a close relative of mine. After looking through the company’s website and reading about the founder, Shayna Atkins, I was immediately drawn to everything AtkCo stands for.

Praise LinkedIn

What is your role in the internship and what have you been learning thus far? What do you hope to learn and accomplish?

E: I am currently working as an Operations Intern at AtkCo. The responsibilities of this role are very comprehensive. I learned how to conduct social media marketing plans, industry research, and improving websites, etc. So far, I found that agile methodology really helps with increasing work efficiency. The daily standup, weekly demo, and planning are very useful in the workplace.

P: I’m currently a Product Management Intern and have learned how to direct and perform all aspects of product development, product changes, and product promotions, collaborating with user experience design, product positioning, pricing, training aides, product deployment to the field, and point of purchase considerations.

J: I was hired as a Customer Engagement intern, which means I do things like help coordinate events, create engaging content for social media, and reach out to clients and speakers. I’ve been learning how to use valuable tools (like Trello and Slack) to help structure projects while increasing productivity. I hope to build a stronger skill set in communications, which I believe will help me propel my future career in biotechnology and set me apart from other job candidates.

Jenny LinkedIn

What has been your favorite part of the internship program?

E: My favorite part about this internship program is the accessibility to everyone in the company, including interns and supervisors.

P: The best for me on this internship is collaborating with my colleagues over the assigned task given to us, I’ve learned a lot about team spirit from this and also learned how to make better presentations during the weekly retro sprints.

J: My favorite part about working at AtkCo is the continuous inspiration I receive from the empowering women I work with every day.

How will you be able to apply the principles of Agility and Scrum to your daily life and next careers/jobs beyond AtkCo?

E: I started using Trello to plan my own Sprint every week because it became quite clear to me about what I should do and what I have achieved every day.

P: Learning and working in an agile environment during this internship will help me relate well with my other team at work (developers, designers, program managers, product managers, and every other stakeholder).

J: I was very unfamiliar with Agile and Scrum methodologies before the internship. Now, I can proudly say I will continue to use the idea of sprints, demos, and daily stand-ups in my day to day life, especially if I am working on research in the lab with a large group of people.

Who is one person that inspires you to be the best version of yourself? Why?

E: My father, who is continually learning new things inspires me. Because I want to improve my skills and learn new stuff constantly, just like him.

P: Nasty C, the South African rapper constantly inspires me daily. His young age and his ability to understand fully the trade of his job. As an individual, he writes his songs, records, edits, make videos and manages a group. I’ve learned from him that being multi-talented his a great gift that can be learned and the willingness to learn other skills is a great advantage to build a successful career.

J: I have watched my older cousin (who is like a sister to me) develop an entire career for herself and travel the world all at the same time. I constantly look to her for inspiration to achieve my goals and maintain the idea that anything is possible.

What are your long-term and short-term career goals? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? 10?

E: I will go to graduate school to earn a master degree after I finish my undergraduate life. I have not decided what programs I will apply for, but I am sure that it will be business or economics related. In the long term, I will follow my heart and see what works best for me.

P: The outcome of my short term goal (in 5 years) will inform my decision on my long term goal. On the other hand, I’m looking to working with large design teams, building and making decisions that will help and save the lives of people.

J: I see myself working in biotech — specifically genetics — to help improve gene editing technology and prevent/treat common diseases. I currently do not have any plans for grad school but I am open to the idea of getting my masters in Molecular Genetics or Biochemistry. Other than that, I hope to travel the world with my friends.

Want to join AtkCo’s next intern program? Want to learn about agile methodology? Connect with AtkCo!

Shayna Atkins

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Agile and Design Thinking Product Consultant supporting women & startups from idea thru expansion. Featuring women’s community, #UX

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