The internship program is provided by Shad Valley which allows senior high school students interested in Math, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship to come together and with the help of various mentors to nourish their skills over a month long project. Then if desired, the students may take part in an internship at an external company. Polar participates actively in this program given that several of the company's founders are actually Shad Alumni.
Of course I was not going to turn this fantastic experience down but I did immediately become nervous. Speaking and conveying my thoughts verbally have never been my forte but I knew that this would give me a chance to improve upon those skills. In all honesty, I was thrilled that I was chosen to help out.
The interviews were scheduled over a two-week period. This worked out very well since it gave me time to prepare and improve upon my questions and spiel for the following interviews. Each time, my manager Carlo would sit in and ask me to talk about various things including telling about our team and what we do, about Polar in general and also the culture of the office. A couple of days prior to the last interview I was informed that I would be conducting the interview by myself. It felt great to know that I had earned the trust to do this and the interview itself went very smoothly. I tried to use some of the techniques that I had observed, mainly picking one interesting thing that the candidate talked about and continually asking them to dig deeper and deeper into that topic or project.
Very few students can say that they have had this invaluable experience and I am certain that I would not have gotten this had I not returned to Polar Mobile. I'm sure it will serve me well for whatever I happen to pursue in the future.