The following has been contributed by Bryce Remington, Business Student at the University of Michigan.
Interning at Filter felt like holiday at summer camp. Well, honestly I’ve never been to summer camp, but I imagine that it would be something like this. I worked hard, met awesome people, and learned more about my aspirations for the future. Just like a nervous kid spending a night away from home for the first time, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Would I be shuttling coffee or shredding documents older than I was? I made sure to note the seven Starbucks within the surrounding block, and prepared myself for long days of busy solitude. Instead, when I first stepped out of the elevator, I was greeted by a personalized welcome sign and a life-size Stormtrooper manikin. I knew I was right at home.
Within the first few days, I was hard at work building spreadsheets, scouring LinkedIn, and learning how to manage the company database. I took pride in my work — and even the seemingly menial tasks became appreciated ways for me help Filter do better business. My daily efforts didn’t land a huge deal or double profit margins, but they were certainly rewarded by the clear gratitude of my fellow Filterati. The people I worked with made each day fun, brightening a routine Thursday by joking about noisy Seattle protestors or holding a homemade ice cream competition.
I was quickly introduced to and included in every part of Filter, despite technically being just a staffing intern. Between my assignments, I helped manage weekly events, joined sales pitches, and participated in website testing. This is what got me excited to go to work each morning: the guarantee that there would always be some new project or chance to learn a different part of what made Filter tick.
When I was searching for a summer internship, acquiring real-world business experience was my top priority. I wanted to step far away from the textbooks, and interact with the people and systems that actually create a great corporation. At college, I study how businesses operate. At Filter, I learned how businesses succeed. The company-wide emphasis on creativity and collaboration has shown me the importance of establishing a culture that bonds coworkers together and offers the freedom to innovate. People work hard for something they really care about. Furthermore, everyone here thinks outside the box – like way outside the box. In fact, it’s encouraged! This philosophy gives Filter the energy of a brand new startup, while maintaining the efficiency and scale of the established, multifaceted company it has become.
I also wanted a bit of flexibility in my job. Just after freshman year of college, I wasn’t quite ready to give up one of my last summers before having to grow up. Filter allowed me the opportunity to work the hours that fit my schedule. I could spend a long weekend out fly fishing or playing lacrosse with old buddies, never having to worry about falling too far behind. Going to school halfway across the country has made me appreciate the limited time I have to spend with my family and enjoy the Pacific Northwest. Filter graciously supported this.
Having successfully completed my internship, I couldn’t recommend a similar experience enough to any undergraduate looking for early exposure to the business and technology world. There is no greater place to be with the incredible leaps in technology and ever-growing demand for digital content. Admittedly, I came into my position knowing very little about all that Filter and its contractors can do for clients. To this day, I still believe some of it is magic, but I have learned so much about a field that I knew little about.
Wherever my career takes me, I know that I want to end up at a place like Filter. I will truly miss being part of the Filterati tribe and learning from the people who make it so special. Indeed, I have been given a great leg up and, more importantly, a goal that I can now work hard to achieve for myself. I look forward to pursuing the skills and interests that I have developed this summer – confident that I have been trained well in the ways of the Jedi.
Bryce Remington, Business Student at the University of Michigan