Nitronaut Intern Series: Kylie Poppen, Design Intern

Nitro interns are a rare breed of human. They’re students, hungry for working world experience and for taking on work that makes an impact on an organization. Today, we’re focusing on Kylie Poppen, who just entered her senior year at Stanford University.

Kylie found Nitro because of homework—she’d been assigned to attend a career fair. Though her previous work focus was project management and engineering, she was interested in trying design. Our team saw promise in her portfolio, so she spent the summer with us building out her artistic chops.

Kylie, you’d been offered a few different internships. Why did you choose to work at Nitro?

Nitro convinced me that it was the right place to work through offering me the chance to work in design at a mid-sized company in San Francisco. The kicker was the culture of the company—incredibly enticing. I was impressed that the conversation at my interview was equal parts what I could contribute to Nitro and what Nitro could do to contribute to my growth!

You mentioned culture – can you talk a little more about what Nitro culture is like?

To put it in one word, the culture is welcoming.

 What was your typical day at Nitro like?

Every day at Nitro is different…and that’s what makes it a fun place to be! I’ve enjoyed that my typical day involves very few meetings, and instead is filled with substantial and fulfilling work. I spend most of my day pushing pixels and debating user experience.

Did Nitro make good on our promise to help you grow professionally?

Definitely. I’ve learned: tons of Photoshop and Illustrator tips and tricks, designing with the user in mind, all about the grid, how enterprise software works as a business, and more PDF trivia than I even knew existed.

Did you work on any long term projects with Nitro?

One huge responsibility I was given was wireframing and designing the overhaul of the Pro 9 website. The goal was to build an intuitive, clean, and fun site that promotes Nitro Pro 9 and communicates Nitro’s mission and community. (Ed. note: the new website is up – you’re on it right now – and Kylie was integral in organizing our content. Her work is literally at work!) 

Has your internship provided any clarity about the work you plan to do after graduation?

 More than anything, from Nitro I have gathered that the culture in which you work and who you work with are equally (if not more) important to where you work.

What is the difference between the working world and university life?

The working world is certainly more structured. And in the working world you have real weekends without stress, student groups, and homework! The flexibility of a school day / week / month is nice, but the free weekends are also fantastic – it’s all some form of trade-off.

Kylie’s experience is just one of the intern stories we’ll be covering in the coming weeks. We hope her story inspires you to find an internship that allows you to contribute your talents and know-how, and helps you discover a little more about life and yourself, too. Or if you’re past interning age, consider taking on an intern—the next generation is unbelievably talented, savvy and intelligent.

Enjoying the intern stories? Read about other Nitro interns David Sheerin, Yue Shen Gu, and Victor Lu.