My Summer At Glide
About a week ago, I finished a month-long internship at Glide. I was very excited about the opportunity, because I use Glide daily to connect with my friends and family. In fact, I depend on it to sustain my relationships when I am away from my loved ones. As someone who was already passionate about the app, I knew that contributing to the company’s overall mission of delivering the best video messaging application to users would be a joy, rather than a challenge.
There is an old saying: ‘if you love what you do, then you will never have to work a day in your life.’ From my first week at the Glide office, I was able to witness first-hand how enthusiastic the team is about their achievements. In two years, the company has transformed the entire mobile landscape by providing users with a fast way to broadcast video messages to one another for ‘live or later’ viewing. The app has changed the way we communicate, giving us all a more meaningful way to stay connected. It is clear that the company thrives off of the work that they are doing. Entrepreneurial, free-flowing thought is encouraged throughout the office, thereby creating an environment that doesn’t feel like work. Instead, Glide employees are simply working on projects that they love.
What I loved most about my internship experience at Glide was getting a full rotational experience throughout many of the company’s different teams such as Community Engagement, Marketing, and Product. My involvement with Community Engagement ranged from creating new content for our social media accounts such as clever call-to-action copy and eye-catching graphics. After working on the social media strategy and publishing it to the public I worked on analyzing the statistics of each post. My biggest takeaway from working on Community Engagement was learning how much Glide’s users love the application and how engaged they are on social media.
Another aspect of my internship was working on Marketing, where I examined each of our target markets and came up with specific campaigns and offers that would appeal to each segment. One of my favorite parts of the internship was being chosen to speak at a technology conference. At the conference, I gave a presentation to an audience of 300 industry professionals, all of whom were potential new Glide users. I found it truly rewarding to represent Glide and to market the application in that forum.
The last way in which I contributed to Glide during my internship was by working on Product. In this role, I helped design and develop new features for the application. My biggest takeaway from working with the Product team was seeing how every feature idea requires many different considerations – all with the goal of delivering an optimal user experience.
After reflecting on the entire internship opportunity, I am forever grateful for this experience. Interning at Glide has helped shape my ability to create, innovate, and strategize in a fast-paced environment and I am confident that I will apply these skills to all aspects of my life. Glide is connecting people, and I simply love being a part of this movement.