I secured my internship at import•io in a rather unusual fashion. I was actually interning at another startup at Google Campus helping with their events listings. My job – exciting as it sounds – was to basically to collect events data from a bunch of different sites by copy and paste. I heard about import•io from a friend and thought they might be able to help with my job. I got in touch to ask for a demo, and when I met with Nick I thought the company seemed really cool, so I asked if they had any openings for later on. And, as luck would have it, they did! The rest, as they say, is history.
The First Day
I turned up on my first day in mid-November to their Tech Hub offices at 10am with the usual mix of excitement and nerves; I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. All I knew was that is was sure to be an adventure. And it was!
My first day at Tech Hub also turned out to be my last, since they were actually moving offices that same day. There’s nothing quite like coming into an office and having to build your own desk before you can start work!
Once we’d gotten everything unpacked, the real work began. There are lots of interesting traditions at import. For example, we start everyday with “stand up” – where we all stand around in a circle in the morning and say what we did yesterday and what we are going to do today. May sound a bit strange, but it’s a really great way to see what’s going on in other departments and keep everyone on the same page.
My Job Description
I only knew a bit about import before I started, so my first task was to learn as much as possible about the product. Nick – my boss – got me started creating simple Extractors, Crawlers and Connectors. My next task was to comb through Uservoice – where users submit their questions and issues – to identify the potential problem areas where users tend to get stuck and learn how to respond.
The other part of my job was to test, or QA, the import•io software via testrail to look for bugs. It was a great way to explore every bit of the platform and understand the specs. Plus it gave me a first look at all the new features the Dev team was working on!