By, Daniela Lopez
Who am I?
Hi, I’m Daniela Lopez, a current rising Junior at Trinity University double majoring in Economics and Marketing. Originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico, I moved across the border to Mission, Texas (a city located in the Rio Grande Valley) when I was 7 years old. Now, 13 years later, I am pursuing fields of study that will allow me to gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour. Economics is a social science. Marketing is a profession. The way I see it, in order to master marketing , it is crucial to first fully understand our consumerism-based economic system. Additionally, to ensure that I am truly grasping the concepts of these disciplines, it is important to not only study them, but also put them into practice. For this reason, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be interning, full-time, at SiteOwl this summer; I am confident that it will be a fruitful experience that will benefit me for far longer than just these 3 months.
Students + Startups
I was able to obtain my internship with SiteOwl through a program called Students + Startups with which Trinity University collaborates. This program, which was founded in 2016, aims to create more value in the San Antonio economy and stimulate the city’s growing startup scene by pairing students with a wide range of startup companies. I met Joseph Ndesandjo, SiteOwl’s CEO, at Students + Startups’ Speed Interview Night. During this event, all participating students (including myself!) were to interview, in 7 minute intervals, with multiple companies throughout the evening. It was an experience that I enjoyed because it gave me the opportunity to explore the numerous options that I had for the summer. However, at the end of the night, I knew SiteOwl was a company that I wanted to be a part of. Without any hesitation, I immediately agreed to Joseph’s request for a follow-up interview in the weeks to come. I similarly jumped at the opportunity when I was extended an offer.
To be completely honest,SiteOwl was not always my first choice. when I first read about it on the company booklet provided to us by the Students + Startups team, I was not at all educated or interested in the security industry. However, rather than letting this discourage me from putting SiteOwl on my list of “Top 10,” I decided to do my research instead. In the end, my curiosity to learn more, not only about SiteOwl, but about the security industry as a whole, allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and take a chance on the world of security system integration. I am grateful that I did. The day of my follow-up interview, which took place at the SiteOwl office, I was completely won over. Although I was only given a brief tour around the office, I was immediately engulfed by the welcoming and family-like work environment around me. The culture of the company, more than anything, is what I was drawn to. Thus, despite knowing that this internship would be a challenge (due to my lack of knowledge regarding the industry), it was one that I was willing to take on if it meant I got to work in such a positive and learning-oriented environment.
My Experience So Far
My experience at SiteOwl has been excellent. From the very first day, I have felt the pressure that comes with working at a startup company. Everything that I have been assigned to do, and that I complete, actually pushes the company and the product forward. I have never had an internship experience as rewarding as this one. Joseph (CEO) put his trust in me from the very beginning and, as an intern, it is motivating to know that someone is confident in your capabilities despite your lack of experience. So far, my tasks as a marketing intern have included assisting in designing the website, conducting user interviews for blogs, and participating in numerous conference calls regarding important site content! I have definitely felt like much more than “just an intern” and am excited to see what challenges the rest of the summer holds.
Want to intern/work at SiteOwl?
Interning at SiteOwl does not include being a gopher and running trivial errands . At SiteOwl, interns are taken seriously. If you are interested in becoming a part of an environment where you will constantly be challenged and put to work, SiteOwl is the place for you. Trust me, there are no coffee runs here. The only time you’ll find yourself making coffee is when you want some for yourself.
For more information, visit our website: www.getsiteowl.com.