Meet our Summer Interns: Part 4

Chegg introduced our 24 summer interns last month and we’ve been using posts this month to showcase who they are and why they are excited to be here at Chegg.

In this post you’ll meet Engineering QA Intern Jordan Varney from Harvey Mudd College, Content Intern Jessica Leslie from Colgate University, Marketing Intern Jen Rogers from Stanford University, Zinch Marketing Intern Jamie Ayon, headed to Princeton University this fall, and Data Engineering Intern Matt Herbst from Miami University. Enjoy!


We have a wide variety of majors here – how did each of you choose your majors?

Matt: I’m technically in a dual program at Miami where I’ll graduate in 2014 with my Bachelors in Political Science and History and Masters in Computer Science. I’m big into politics and my dad teaches politics so that’s how I got into that. History is for fun since I love history. I worked in Congress for 7 months, which was a great experience but it taught me that it wasn’t really what I wanted to do so I refocused with Computer Science. I originally thought about a triple major, but my professors told me that was dumb and I should go get a Masters. I had taken a few Comp Sci classes and had been programming on my own for a while; I’ve always been a big gamer, so this made sense to me.

Jen: I’m studying Science, Technology and Society. This is a major unique to Stanford and my focus is on work organizations and technology. Within that, my concentration is Management Science and Engineering. Since it’s interdisciplinary, I get to take classes in other areas like Sociology, History, and Psychology, so it becomes much richer academic program for me.

Jessica: I just graduated from Colgate where I majored in Peace and Conflict Studies. I was trying out a lot of different things, like Sociology and Geography and then I took an introductory course in my major and loved it. It’s very inter-disciplinary and gives exposure to so many different fields.

Jordan: Computer Science was something I knew I could do for 15 hours straight and enjoy it. Back in high school I took a Comp Sci class and did that. Back in high school a lot of my friends and I were into Computer Science and once I chose Harvey Mudd I knew that I’d be able to have an active social life and be part of a robust program.

Jamie: I’m not quite sure yet what my major will be at Princeton. I know I like Marketing and I’m interested Music Business. I took a few classes and have been talking with managers of small local bands to find out more about their roles. I’m learning that it has a lot do with “human marketing’ which sounds a little morbid, but it’s about marketing your product. I do enjoy music and would like to be involved in the entertainment industry on the business or marketing side, so that will probably help me find my major.

Why did you choose Chegg for your internship?

Matt: I really wanted to come out west and do something technical so Chegg fit that bill. Also, I connect a lot with what Chegg is all about. I’m an RA at school and I liked that I could relate to Chegg’s mission.  Also, with the size of Chegg, I felt that there was a decent chance I’d have a lot of access to people.

Jordan: Harvey Mudd is the school that won the Taylor Swift competition so I learned about it from that. Then over winter break I visited the company, and it seemed like such a fun place. I like that Chegg is helping people my age and I already see that there are people from various departments asking me for my opinion on things so I feel like I can be helpful to Chegg in more than only one way.

Jamie: My high school had a “career incubator” and some Chegg employees came to talk about their roles in marketing a couple years ago. Then the next year, I came to Chegg on a Job Shadow day where I shadowed HR and Recruiting. These programs really helped me understand more about Chegg and I really liked everything that was going on and the people who worked here.

Jessica: I wanted to get experience in a business that has a socially conscious side to it and the way that Chegg helps students really appealed to me.

What is the main thing you want to get out of your internship?

Jordan: I want to learn as much as I can. I know I’m helping Chegg a little with the work that I’m doing, but also I’m learning a ton from my boss and team just by seeing what they do. So I’m hoping to leave here knowing more about Computer Science and the industry.

Jamie: Going into college, I want to get a better feel for marketing, what it entails and see how a business is run. I’m enjoying it so far so I think I’m headed in the right direction. Also having just graduated high school and being dedicated to school, I’ve always heard people say that education and your major leads you to your career. I don’t necessarily think that’s the case any longer since there are Art majors becoming doctors for example. Now I feel that your major doesn’t determine who you are, so I wanted to get some knowledge of what the workspace is like since that’s not something you can learn in a classroom.

Matt: To see how an enterprise environment works for Computer Science. Last year, I worked at an office with 12 people so this is totally different. The office is so different so it’s giving me a different feel for what I may want to do. Also, because I’m a little late to the game with Computer Science, in my classes I feel that conceptually I understand the topics as well as the other students, but I’m a bit behind with my programming experience, so real world programming experience will help me get caught up.

Has anything surprised you so far about working here?

Jen: I had heard a lot about Chegg but I didn’t know how open the culture was. I had done freelancing and consulting before and it’s totally a different environment. Also – everyone is so willing to teach you. I was worried at first to go up to employees and ask questions, but people are really welcoming. Plus, the gym and all the fun things in the building really surprised me.

Jordan: I didn’t really know too much about everything that Chegg For Good did. I helped plan the recent Techbridge STEM Field Trip for middle school girls which was so much fun. I kind of wish I was an intern for Chegg For Good!

Why do you think internships are important for college students?

Jen: They give you such a sense on what to expect in the real world. I was blessed to grow up in Silicon Valley with so many great companies in my back yard, and it’s so great for students since there are so many possibilities out here. Plus the experience can give you so much more confidence.

Matt: The connections are important, but it’s good to know if this is what you want to do. If I graduated and went into politics without having that internship experience to help me realize that I didn’t want to do that, it would have been really hard.

Jordan: To help you grow and learn. My Computer Science classes can only teach me so much and this allows me to see what actual professionals do in a tech company.

Since we are an education company, focused on learning – are any of you learning anything new these days?

Jessica: I just moved to San Francisco, so I’m learning public transportation around a new city. I’m also trying to listen to my French tapes more. I used them a lot when I studied abroad in Morocco and am trying to get back into them.

Jen: I’m getting my pilots license. I’ve always wanted to do it so after 3 years of talking about it I decided to commit. I’ve got 40 hours with my instructor and after that’s doubled, I can solo and fly on my own. It may be terrifying to those who see me drive, but it’s the most exciting thing right now.

Jamie: I’m trying to learn Korean so I’m teaching myself Hangul, which is the Korean alphabet. I became interested in Korean learning about Korean Pop as a music genre. I liked the beat but didn’t know what they were saying so I got into the characters and from there, the alphabet.

What advice do you have for other college students looking for an internship?

Jessica: Don’t limit yourself. Try new things, even if it’s in a different industry than what you think you “should” do with regards to your major.

Matt: Keep a good network and online presence.

Jen: Use your network – not to see what they can do for you, but to see what they know. People know of a lot of companies and opportunities that you may not so it’s great to get out there and find out as much as you can.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about your experience so far at Chegg?

Jordan: Even in days that I’m tired, all my coworkers make me smile. The people here are fun and hilarious.

Jamie: I really like it here; the layout is very inviting and open, which encourages communication and interaction between departments. Plus, everyone is very welcoming to the interns and the company All Hands felt like a pep rally!


Meet our Summer Interns: Part 3

Chegg introduced our 24 summer interns last month and now we’ve been using posts this month to showcase who these interns are and why they are excited to be here at Chegg.

In this post you’ll meet Design Intern Jen Wibowo from Rhode Island School of Design, Human Resource Intern Chelsea Brown from Cal State Long Beach, Engineering Intern Max Scheiber from University of Pennsylvania, Marketing Design Intern Yun Chi from Wellesley College, and Engineering Intern David “Blaise” Watson from Johns Hopkins University. Enjoy!

IMG_5118We have a wide variety of majors here – how did each of you choose your majors?

Chelsea: I major in Communications with a minor in Human Resources. Being in the restaurant business for three years, I realized how much I love interacting with people. I enjoy my Communications classes as much as my HR classes because both programs give me a lot of opportunities to interact with different groups of people and different audiences.

Yun: My major was a combination between Computer Science and Art, which was more like design for technology. I thought I wanted to go full force into Computer Science but realized I liked the design side of it more. I do like coding, but I’d rather tell engineering what I want and have them build it with me designing it.

Max: I’m studying Computer Science, Finance and Statistics. I’m actually studying a dual degree program called the Management and Technology Program, which is basically design for entrepreneurship. I’ve always liked programming, so Computer Science was a no brainer to me. I took a class on a whim in high school and just knew that it was really what I liked to do. Finance and Stats seem like very useful things to learn that are easily transferrable and are also inherently interesting.

Blaise: I’m also studying Computer Science; for me, it was just that I love solving problems so it seemed like a logical thing for me.

Jen: My major there is Industrial Design – which is more like Product Design. When I went to RISD, art school wasn’t exactly my first choice – but it’s a great school. I went there with a strong interest in biology and sciences. Industrial Design is a really interactive and collaborative field, so I could interact with doctors or engineers and scientists, which I really liked so that’s how I got into that focus.

Why did you choose Chegg for your internship?

Yun I heard about Chegg and this internship opportunity from Chegg’s VP HR who attended Wellesley. She sent out a message and posting to the school which caught my eye. Plus, coming from a tech background, I had recently heard of Chegg and everything they were doing so it made sense for me to look deeper.

Jen: A lot of my friends have used Chegg and know the brand. I originally heard of Chegg through a friend and looking into it, I came across the posting for the design internship. When I choosing my internship, I gravitated here because of my interest in education. I teach children social skills through the arts and have been really interested in how technology plays a part in education, so Chegg was especially interesting to me because of those things and seeing how Chegg has evolved from being a textbook rental company into more something that encompasses the entire student experience.

Blaise: Everyone uses Chegg at school, particularly for homework solution. I heard about the internship program when I applied through the Kleiner Perkins Engineering Fellowship Program and was introduced to Chegg as one of their portfolio companies.  This just seemed like a place that I’d really like to work. First of all, out of all the interactions I had with companies while interviewing, Chegg was by far the best with HR and engineering being so cool and super nice. A lot of companies made it feel like they were doing me a favor by talking with them, but Chegg was just so much more authentic with their conversations. I also really like what Chegg is doing. I use it all the time so if I can learn how to make it a little better for other students, that would be awesome.

What is the main thing you want to get out of your internship?

Max: First of all, seeing that I study both Computer Science and Business, I want to see what the right path for me may be to continue pursuing. This summer will be great to see how it is being a programmer in the real world and if it’s something I can see myself doing for a few years. I worked at a hedge fund last summer, which was the finance route. This summer is the opposite.

More intrinsically than that, I’ve always ben interested in education. I’ve been a teaching assistant ever since going to college and Chegg’s mission coincides with my mission on that front.

Chelsea: Broadly, my goal is to learn what it’s like to work in corporate life like. On a more narrow scale, it’s to learn what does HR do on a day-to-day basis. There’s a lot that goes into the people programs of the company, which I didn’t realize.

Jen: I’m excited to learn about how UX is done at a company in the real world, interacting with other groups. Seeing how UX is done with boundaries and a set amount of tools, style guides and color guides. Ultimately, I’d hope to move Chegg forward in a way that moves education forward.

Has anything surprised you so far about working here?

Blaise: Definitely how trusting you are with the interns. I’m on a team with 4 interns and they give us a lot of ownership and allow us to figure out how to do things. I certainly didn’t expect that from a big company.

Yun: I’m surprised how much work I’ve been given so far. Also, it feels like the teams here are fairly small so it surprises me how many big things a small team can accomplish. It feels like we should be bigger than we are given everything that has been accomplished.

Chelsea: I didn’t think it would be this casual and laid back. The culture is laid back and friendly, not stuffy like I thought a corporate role would be. It’s been really fun – people are playing golf and having a lot of fun. It’s very comfortable.

Max: I was surprised at the golf green! I’m a golfer and will golf a few minutes each morning since it’s a nice way to relax. I’m also surprised at how welcoming and collaborative everyone is. There are some senior programmers who I can just roll on over to and ask them something who are really happy to help out the newbie.

Since we are an education company, focused on learning – are any of you learning anything new these days?

Max: I’m learning how to go with the flow and being happy when I can.  I’m very type A and “go-get-em” with my personality and I’ve been learning this past year to chill a little and have a well-balanced life.

Blaise: I’m learning so much here – a bunch of new technologies that I haven’t used. I’m learning that from the other engineering interns. Outside of work, just getting to know the area.

Jen: I’m teaching myself how to code through Code Academy.

What advice do you have for other college students looking for an internship?

Yun: It helps to have a focus and know what you want to do. Also don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to people about opportunities.

Chelsea: Get out there and network with everyone! I use my sorority a lot for networking for many different things in life.

Max: Apply anywhere – big companies and small – along with VC firms to find out more about their portfolio companies, like I did. Even if you don’t think you’re the strongest candidate, the more interviews you have is the more practice you’ll get. Interviews can be a scary beast, so practice is key. Also, for computer science students – try and program as much as you can. I did three hackathons last year which really helped my skills.


Meet our Summer Interns: Part 2

Chegg introduced our 24 summer interns last month and now we’d like to use the next few posts to showcase who these interns are and why they are excited to be here at Chegg. 

In this post you’ll meet our three MBA interns: Supply Chain Intern, Matthew Bruemmer, and interns on our Marketing Services/Business Development team, Andrew Dolan and Annie Hsu


IMG_5128Here we are with our business school interns – please introduce yourself.

Andrew: I’m an MBA student at the Stern School of Business at NYU specializing in Strategy, Finance and Entertainment Media and Technology.

Annie: I’m currently at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, doing my MBA and I just finished my first year. My focus there is Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Tech.

Matt: I’m a first year MBA student at the Wisconsin School of Business at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my concentration is in Supply Chain.

How were you introduced to Chegg?

Matt: I saw the brand around a lot. I met Chegg’s VP Analytics, Ben Van Roo, who is an alum of my MBA program. At UW on Fridays we have a program called Applied Learning where the school invites people who are working to talk about their experience. Sometimes this includes some field trips or the people come to us. In this case, Ben showed up via Skype and gave a lecture on what he was doing prior to Chegg and then the challenges he has at Chegg. He is a really sharp guy and his story resonated with me so I followed up with him about opportunities in the field, which led to the specific projects here.

Annie: I first heard of Chegg while I was hunting for textbooks prior to my MBA through friends. This wasn’t even an option when I did my undergrad. Using Chegg has saved me a lot of money.  Given my entrepreneurial focus, I talked with a lot of my professors about various companies and some mentioned Chegg. Chegg was also featured as a case study in Harvard Business Review about how it evolved from being all about textbooks into an academic hub, and I thought it was such as interesting business and company to learn from.

Why did you choose Chegg for your internship?

Andrew: Generally I’m interested in the way technology disrupts traditional businesses so I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to be involved in business development at a company that is doing that. This is one of the places that is doing that – and has a real intern program too! It seemed like a good opportunity to do some real work at an interesting company.

Matt: Chegg was refreshing because many MBA opportunities in our field are at larger companies and often times you sign up not really knowing the work you’ll be doing. By talking with Ben so much, I had a concrete idea of what I’d be doing here. I also flew out here, met with folks in person and was really impressed with the people. I knew I would be learning a lot coming here.

What is the main thing you want to get out of your internship?

Matt: Working with the Analytics and Supply Chain team, I know that some of these people have a deep understanding of statistics and machine learning and those are skills I’d like to learn more about

Annie: I want to understand what it feels like to work for a company that is still young but has gone through a lot of growth and movement. I also want to get more marketing and ecommerce experience.

Andrew: First, I wanted to see what it was like to work for a start up company. I’ve worked for a massive media company in the middle of New York City, so getting a different type of company to work at with a different style and corporate culture was really important to me.  Also getting used to doing something that is more tech business and less certainty on how the business would operate was really valuable to me.

Has anything surprised you so far about working here?

Annie: I’ve been pleasantly surprised about how helpful people have been here. I’ve reached out to people I don’t know and everyone is so willing to help out and make the time. It’s very collaborative. I’ve come from a more traditional corporate environment and the culture here is so different and fun. For example, I wrote this memo to recruit students for our focus group and I wrote it in business writing and the feedback I got was to make it more fun. I wasn’t used to that.

Andrew: Everyone has been really nice and forthcoming with their time, willing to explain things to me, which is really great.

Matt: How comfortable and welcoming people have been here. It’s great to not have to worry about that while also learning new work.

What are some of the things you’ve been working on so far?

Annie: My projects have been helping high school students through the college prep experience and doing some targeted marketing for all students based on their life stages. Instead of sending messages and communication to students based on seasonality, it’s much deeper. What’s relevant to a freshman will be different than what is relevant to a senior, so the messaging needs to be very targeted. Then the students are more engaged and they’ll come back more, which can lead to increased partnership opportunities.

Matt: I’ve been working on a project to help understand what happens when the warehouse gets backed up during our rush periods. It’s helpful to understand if things go wrong, what levers we need to pull to correct the issue.  I’m building a model to understand when to take which action.

Since we are an education company, focused on learning – are any of you learning anything new these days?

Annie: I’ve wanted to learn how to make and edit videos. At school, we have this initiative around “Haas helping Haassies” where everyone can put in wishes in on what they want to do and other students look and see how they may be able to help grant these wishes. I got matched with a classmate who helped me.

Andrew: Learning how to drive again – I’ve driven once in the last eight years before coming here. Hey, I live in New York!

Why do you think internships are important for students?

Matt: In school, you have such an academic perspective – you learn a lot of theory and are always optimizing how to focus on grades and get that higher learning. When you leave that space, you enter into this world where you have to figure out what is important and what to focus on. Also, it helps you learn how to work with people and navigate through different groups.

Annie: It’s a great way to try something with very low risk and not have to worry about the long term implications as much; just go in with an open mind to try something new and see what can come from it. Companies, too, can see if these people would be good for full time employment.

Andrew: Well for MBA students, it’s important so you can apply what you learn. Also, I’m not necessarily going back to the industry I was in, an internship enables me to get my feet wet in something different.

What advice do you have for other college students looking for an internship?

Andrew: Coming from an MBA program, it seems easier since there is a big, formalized recruiting process. Also it helps to look around for companies you think are interesting and see who has opportunities, see who in your network can provide an introduction. Leveraging your network. Since the formalized recruiting programs were mostly for banking and consulting, a big part for me was using personal introductions to meet people in different spaces doing interesting things.

Matt: Proactive networking. Find people you think are doing interesting things, who are sharp and who you can learn from and go after any opportunities to work with them


Spotlight: Quintin Leong

IMG_5165Roles: Intern for Content Management (2012) and Supply Chain (2013)

“Chegg is unique as a company with their interns because even though it’s a relatively large place, the work the interns do actually has meaningful impact.”

Where do you attend school?

While I’ve been here at Chegg, I’ve been attending community college up in San Mateo, called College of San Mateo. This fall, I’ll be transferring to University of California, Santa Cruz and will be majoring in Software Engineering and Finance.

Why did you pick your majors?

Strait out of high school, I was always a talker and people always told me I should go into business. After doing a couple of internships at various tech companies, I realized that in this day and age you can’t claim mathematical ignorance and I knew I was smart enough to do it so I switched to Software Engineering. I took up finance because I have a founder and entrepreneurial spirit and know that at the end of the day you need to wear many hats, so financial literacy is definitely a must have.

How did you get introduced to Chegg?

It all happened when I started school. Since I attend community college I didn’t really have that full college experience of going away and living on a campus with a lot of activities so I knew I had to beef up my resume by adding interesting work experience. I started looking at some tech companies to work at and did an internship at a mobile app company called Chatterfly where I was doing sales and marketing there as an intern. Another Kleiner Perkins company acquired that company and Chegg’s CTO, Chuck Geiger, was an advisor to them. I met him and then through him met Chegg’s Chief Content Officer, Nathan Schultz, who told me about an internship opportunity on his team for which I interviewed.

What did you do during your first internship on the Content team?

I started off doing projects around making sure we were getting the digital content from the publishers to our internal systems and categorized it. At the same time, I did some smaller analytics projects which gave me experience in MySQL, Excel, and a few other technical programs that I use every day in my current role in Supply Chain.

What do you do in your current role in Supply Chain?

I went back to school after the summer last year when that internship was complete and halfway through the year I got called back for a role on our Supply Chain team to help build a model for Chegg’s Buy Back program. I had been programming at school on my own picking up a few more skills that helped me step into an analytical job here on the Supply Chain team. I’ve been working on everything like forecasting, book procurement, liquidating books, and logistical optimization working out the most efficient way to ship all the millions of books we have.

Are you happy with everything that you’ve been able to accomplish?

Yes, definitely. Chegg is unique as a company with their interns because even though it’s a relatively large place, the work the interns do actually has meaningful impact and I think that’s a great thing. Chegg is really sticking with their mission saying that interns are important because we are their target users as well.

Do you feel you received enough training and mentorship from people here?

Yes – on both the business and technical side. People here have been great. I got so much out of my roles here that I couldn’t have received in a classroom or book.

What’s been the best thing about your time at Chegg?

The people! They’ve made it a worthwhile experience and helped me grow both professionally and personally. I’m really happy I spent this much time here.

In general – why do you think internships are important for college students?

Internships will give you good work experience, but also they will help you realize what you like and don’t like in a company and role. That will give you a good perspective when choosing a job after college.

Since we are an education company focused on students and learning, what are you learning in your life right now?

I’m a huge fan of Coursera and have taken a few classes for the past year. My Start-Up Engineering class has been really useful giving me real world application to the things you learn in school. I’m really excited about an upcoming Linear Algebra class I’m going to take.

Now that your time is coming to an end, what are your plans now?

I’ll be headed to Hong Kong to visit my brother and will be working for an investment firm there that will have me travel to Malaysia a few times. Then, I’ll be going to Thailand with my brother for vacation. Personally, I’d love to make it out to South Korea and Japan so we’ll see if I can work that out. I get back in September and have a week to pack everything up, move into school and pick my classes. It’s going to be awesome. I’ll miss it here – the people are smart and approachable and I’ve learned a lot. I’ll come back to visit though!

Meet our Summer Interns: Part 1

Chegg introduced our 24 summer interns last month and now we’d like to use the next few posts to showcase who these interns are and why they are excited to be here at Chegg.

In this post you’ll meet Analytics Intern Rishabh Goel from Stanford University, Marketing Intern Andrew Smith from Loyola Marymount University, Business Development/Zinch Marketing Services Intern Annie Mandart from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Engineering Interns Katherine Anderson, from University of Southern California, and Geoffrey Vedernikoff, from University of Pennsylvania. Enjoy!

We have a wide variety of majors here – how did each of you choose your majors?

Rishabh: My Master’s program is Management Science and Engineering, which is a different mix of different departments at Stanford like math, operations and statistics. My undergrad was in Mechanical Engineering and I just became really interested in the math side of that field s I wanted to do more of that in grad school

Geoffrey: I major in Computer Science and Math. I chose CS because I did a lot of programming in high school and my dad was a computer programmer so I was around it a lot. Plus it includes a lot of math, which I really like. Why I chose my second major is because I wanted to know the theory behind the math that’s included in Computer Science.

Andrew: I’m studying Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. In my eyes, Political Science was the best culmination of philosophy, current events, writing, and history – which was very appealing. I thought it was a good way to be analytical and very much in the know, which is good for a whole host of opportunities in the future.

Katherine: I study Computer Science with a minor in Cinematic Arts. I went into college studying psychology and took a couple classes which I thought were interesting but I just couldn’t see myself pursuing psychology for the rest of my life. I like making things – tangible things – and that wasn’t creative enough for me. I switched to Computer Science because I like technology and it’s challenging and it’s definitely one of the best majors to have right now. As for my minor in Cinematic Arts; I really like animation, art and drawing. USC is great for the arts and love to use those resources there. It’s a cool way to let out my creative side.

Annie: I’m majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Women’s Studies and I minor in Public Policy.  Earlier I didn’t really know what I wanted to major in so I got involved with our school newspaper, took writing and journalism classes and became the Editor in Chief of the paper my sophomore year. Some of the classes were part of the Women’s Studies and was able to fit enough classes into my schedule so that’s how that part of the major worked out.

How were you introduced to Chegg?

Katherine: I already knew Chegg because they came to our campus a lot, but I’ve also always been interested in education. Last summer I worked at a tech camp for little kids where I taught 7-17 year olds Java, C++, and web design which was really fun. I thought I might like to do something with education. I was interviewing with companies through the KPCB Engineering Fellowship Program and when I saw Chegg as part of the KPCB portfolio companies, I was really excited.

Geoffrey: I heard about Chegg through the KPCB Engineering Fellowship Program, who sponsored PennApps (U Penn’s hackathon) – and when I applied for a fellowship I was introduced to Chegg and began talking with the engineering leadership team here.

Andrew: I was introduced to Chegg my freshman year when I was looking for books. The first semester I bought them from the bookstore and that was a bit unfortunate for the wallet. My roommate told me to check out Chegg so I tried it out and have been a customer ever since.

Why did you choose Chegg for your internship?

Andrew: I was interested in getting involved with social enterprise and non-profit work and I knew that Chegg had its philanthropic arm, Chegg For Good, so I looked into it and found about the internship and was psyched to interview. It’s a young company with so much potential in the field of education. There’s so much to be done as far as technology so I was excited to come on and be a part of something that really is transforming the way we look at learning, studying and higher education in general.

Katherine: I was most interested in the product. Many of the other companies I talked to weren’t as interesting to me.

Rishabh: I really was excited after meeting the team and knew what we were doing on our Analytics team.

What is the main thing you want to get out of your internship?

Annie: I want to learn a lot of different things. I go to a liberal arts college and have a couple majors plus 5 different jobs so I don’t really know what I want to do after college yet. This would give me an opportunity to learn as much as I can to help me figure out what I may want to do. I also want to get a lot of personal growth and just learn what it’s like to have a real job.

Geoffrey: I want to know how production of a code is both written and maintained. I’m getting a lot of visibility into what our engineers are writing and am learning a lot already.

Andrew: Basically as much as I can – I’m like a sponge and want to learn everything. I want to get as much knowledge about marketing in general and specifically about social cause marketing that goes along with all the work that Chegg For Good does.

Has anything surprised you so far about working here?

Annie: How casual it is here! I went out and bought a ton of professional clothes and don’t even need them all. I expected it to be very rigid, corporate and stuffy and that’s so not the case here. It’s very open and laid back and fun.

Andrew: I’ve been invited to a lot of meetings around here so I can really see how marketing works outside of a textbook and classroom – that’s been interesting plus surprising that I’m involved so much as an intern.

Katherine: I just found the skittles today, so that was really cool. Otherwise, it’s been a lot of information.

What cool things have you worked on so far?

Rishabh: I’m working on a couple projects on the supply chain and analytics team with data scientists using machine learning techniques and how to use the data provided to find out more about the performance of our textbook business.

Andrew: I’ve been working with our head of Chegg For Good on our tree planting program – deciding where the next batch of trees are going to go and working on the next contest for a concert (Taylor 2.0 so to speak). I have my hand in a lot of things so far.

Andrew, any early hints on the contest – like who will put on the concert?

Andrew: Nope!

Since we are an education company, focused on learning – are any of you learning anything new these days?

Katherine: I’m trying to teach myself the ukulele. I sang through high school and played piano, violin, even the oboe. I really like music, so here I am trying something new.

Andrew: Well, I just spent a semester abroad in Germany. I’ve been back 3-4 weeks and this was an awesome experience to spend time out of the US and learn about other cultures and countries.

Geoffrey: I’m learning how to drive. I mean I know how to drive but this is my first time having a car for an extended period of time since I don’t need it on campus. So now I’m driving every day – going to San Francisco a lot and learning a whole new area.

What advice do you have for other college students looking for an internship?

Rishabh: Go to career fairs and network with other students to help find out information about internships.

Katherine: Apply early and apply everywhere. Even if you think they may not be interested – put yourself out there.

Annie: I think definitely make a lot of connections and network at your own college and leverage your LinkedIn network too.

Andrew: You need to have persistence and motivation and then you need to leverage your connections. Reach out to people in your network – people are willing to help, but you have to get out there and let them know what you’re doing. 

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