This blog post is part of a series highlighting Bazaarvoice interns.
So, what’s it really like to work at Bazaarvoice? We’re asking interns for the real scoop. Manu Aggarwal joined Bazaarvoice three months ago as an intern in the Business Development department. He sat down with us to answer some questions about getting hired and making the most of an internship at Austin’s Best Place to Work.
How did you hear about Bazaarvoice? What made you want to work here?
I heard about Bazaarvoice through a professor and decided to do some more research. The company impressed me because I believed in its value proposition both from a personal and professional perspective. Before I buy a product or service, I like to research online and see what others have to say about it. Bazaarvoice enables that kind of interaction. And being voted the best place to work in Austin definitely sparked my interest.
How did you apply for your position? What did you do to get hired?
I saw an opening on the AccessUT website and immediately applied. After I submitted my resume, that same afternoon I had a phone interview. The next day I came in for an on-site interview and met with each member of my team, but that was not all. I was given a final project, and came in one last time to present my findings a week later.
How was your Bazaarvoice internship different from other jobs you’ve had in the past?
My internship here has been different because I do not feel like an intern. I am given important, visible work that can help my team achieve its goals and drive value for the organization. I am expected to contribute ideas on how to improve Bazaarvoice and my team’s performance. I have never experienced that same level of trust and expectation in my other internships.
What was the most important thing you learned in your internship?
The most important thing I have learned so far is to ask questions. It is important that I understand the value of the tasks given to me and their impact. As a result, I not only understand the business better but also know where I fit in to help achieve our goals.
What advice would you give others who’d like to intern here?
Working at Bazaarvoice is unique because you have an opportunity to help shape the future direction of the company, even as an intern. When such an opportunity is given, it is also expected that you contribute, not just as an employee but to the overall community and culture. If you are curious, passionate, and willing to learn from some really smart people, you will excel here. If you just want to go through the motions, do not even bother applying.
Stay tuned to our blog series for more on our interns and the cool opportunities at Bazaarvoice.