More Than Just An Internship

Urjanet Inc  |  August 12, 2016   |  Urjanet News  

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As the summer comes to a close, my fellow interns and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our time working at Urjanet. While it’s common for an Urjanet intern to return and work full-time here, our experiences as more than mere interns merited an in-depth conversation (and brief sob session) before we left. Here are some highlights of what we shared.

Ayush Agrawal
Rising sophomore at Georgia Tech
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Indore, India
Urjanet Department: Special Ops (i.e. Customer Support)

On what he liked best about his internship:

Urjanet represents an incredibly innovative business model, with essentially no competitors in the industry — I really enjoyed being part of a company that’s revolutionizing their space. In this fast-paced, constantly evolving industry, our product has to continuously adapt, so there were always new target goals for me to reach as well as new and exciting challenges for me to face. This is the type of environment I thrive in.


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Andy Hull
Rising senior at Georgia Tech
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Buford, GA
Urjanet Department: Data Delivery & Integration

On his biggest surprise upon starting as an Urjanet intern:

I was pleasantly surprised at how young everyone on my team is. It’s extremely refreshing to work with people my age. At my last job, I was the youngest person in the company by about 20 years. It makes the whole environment very chill, but at the same time, it’s not one of those startups with scooters and ping-pong tables everywhere. In the spectrum of things, I’m glad it’s an energetic yet focused workplace rather than an extended playground for adults.


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Jake Schlessinger
Rising senior at Emory University
Majors: Chemistry, Finance, Information Systems & Operations Management
Hometown: Syosset, NY
Urjanet Department: Customer Support

On new or improved skills he gained from his internship:

I definitely improved on my Excel skills, along with extensive practice in VBA and Python (coding languages). Everything here is hands-on. If I get a project, it is my responsibility to learn the tools I need to get it done. The greatest skill I acquired here was to be a jack of all trades and to wear multiple hats. Working on a small team with varied tasks, you have to adapt to fit into the customer-oriented hat, the techy hat…So I learned how to wear hats.


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Katarina Pibl
Rising junior at Emory University
Majors: Marketing, Consulting, Environment & Sustainability Management
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Urjanet Department: Marketing

On whether this internship gave her a realistic picture of her career field:

Some aspects would actually not be realistic, or even possible, for a first-time marketing job outside of Urjanet. For example, I have a weekly meeting with the CEO about the event we’re planning in September. I get to present my work and he really listens to what I have to say — that blows my mind, and it’s definitely not something that happens for the average marketing professional. But overall, I have gained a solid foundation in the day-to-day of marketing, along with a newfound understanding of the corporate sustainability industry and all the exciting trends and related opportunities out there.


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Nate Hazelton
Rising sophomore at Georgia Tech
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Urjanet Department: Core Development

On a lesson he learned from his time at Urjanet:

I learned not to sell yourself short. After working here, I realized that I’m not limited by my age or my experience in life. At least at Urjanet, it doesn’t impact how people treat me or what kind of work I’m given. Now I’m not afraid to ask questions, share my opinion, or reach out and learn from different people.


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Amy Hou
Rising senior at Emory University
Majors: Economics and Environmental Sciences
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Urjanet Department: Marketing

On her favorite thing about Urjanet:

My favorite thing about Urjanet is how close-knit everyone is with each other. It’s genuinely more of a family than an office. On a college student’s budget, I’m constantly tempted by the almost daily invitations to go out for lunch with the group (not many of these people seem to cook). But even so, I know that when I leave this internship, I’m leaving with 30 new relationships that go much deeper than a LinkedIn connection.


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If this sounds like the kind of environment you’d be interested in, we have good news! Urjanet is hiring for interns and full-time positions in various departments. Check out our Careers page for more info.

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About Urjanet Inc

Urjanet, the global leader in utility data aggregation, simplifies how organizations access and use utility data, enabling them to focus on their business. Our technology collects, processes, and delivers data from over 6,500 electric, natural gas, water, waste, telecom, and cable utilities worldwide.


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