HackCville Hosts Startup Internship Panel

On Feb. 1st, HackCville hosted a panel where students could get the inside scoop on what it’s like to intern at a startup.

On February 1st, HackCville hosted a panel of students who have all had experience interning at various start-up companies.  Upal Saha (Dorsata), Riley Panko (Uncubed), Ariel Kao (FSAStore), Aaku Tamraker (Splash), and Alyssa Dizon (Impact Hub SF) gave advice for prospective start-up interns, shared favorite memories/stories, and presented their overall opinions of the start-up field during the panel “What It’s Like to Intern at a Start-Up.”


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Although many University of Virginia students were in attendance at the panel, members of the Charlottesville community were also present to listen to the panelists describe their time as a start-up employee.

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The panel, the first event for the month of February at HackCville, was a full house.

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Similar to HackCville’s other workshops and panels, the “What It’s Like to Intern at a Start-Up” panel was open to the public.

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Riley Panko describes her time as an editorial intern at Uncubed in New York City this past summer (Pictured left to right: Upal Saha [3rd year], Ariel Kao [4th year], and Riley Panko [4th year])

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HackCville’s Director, Adam Ghazzawi (3rd year), moderated the panel of five HackCville members and experienced start-up employees.

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Panelists talked for an hour about their personal experiences working at a start-up to a full house.

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At the end of the panel, those in attendance were able to ask the panelists questions about their experiences, asked for advice for prospective start-up interns, and whether or not they would intern at a start-up again.

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