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 Victor Lu, a senior at the University of Oregon.
Nitro discovered Victor over lunch—literally, he was serving the team at a downtown Parisian café. Victor made an impression, speaking both French and Chinese, and stayed in touch with Nitro’s Director of Revenue during the school year (in English, of course!).
Victor, how did you become an intern at Nitro?
Well…I asked! Honestly, my reaching out to Mike Leyden about possibilities is what got the ball rolling.
What was your interview like?
Funny story: My interviewer asked if I wanted a beer during the interview. I declined, thinking it was a test to see if I would drink on the job—that’s such a server response. Start-up culture is a lot different than the restaurant world.
Tell me about the projects you’ve taken on at Nitro – what have you done here?
I’m in charge of reporting and making available specific information about revenue, activity, and performance. These reports allow the Sales Team to visualize issues that can be solved to improve the company’s performance. It’s pretty cool—my job directly impacts choices we make in how we work. And while at it, I’ve learned a lot about Salesforce, which is imperative for working in information systems and business operations, my major at UO.
How has the internship at Nitro differed from other internships you have had in the past?
At Nitro, I’m treated like any other employee. Sometimes I even forget that I am an intern. I’m kept in the loop on every important project, and always given the chance to offer my input. I feel respected here, and not just like a student.
Has your internship at Nitro provided any clarity about what you want to do when you graduate?
What I have done here is exactly what I went back to school for – and I like it! I feel really good about what I’m studying and where my career is headed.
Anything advice for future interns in the world?
I believe in work hard, play hard – same as Nitro – but that doesn’t mean the same thing at every business. If an interviewer asks if you want a beer during your interview, you can say “yes,” but make sure you’ve checked if it’s company policy. Oh, and it never hurts to ask. Not about beer, per se, but about something you want, like a job. You never know.
Victor’s experience is just one of the interns we’ve covered recently, with more to come. We hope his 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.