When we weren’t busy being Happy, Helpful, Hungry (we have free snacks), and Humble, we took the opportunity to embrace the startup culture by participating in coffee walks, Escape Rooms, Hack Days, and major conferences like Future of Fintech.
This year, CB Insights had 12 summer interns across the company, working with teams like the Intelligence Unit, Business Development, Engineering, RevOps, and Design.
Wonder what it’s like to intern at CB Insights? Below, each intern offers their perspective on the 10 weeks they spent with us.
My name is Sam Evarts and I’m a 2019 CB Insights IU intern. I’m currently a senior pursuing my BA in Data Analytics with a concentration in Economics at Denison University.
One of the things I love most about my job is the freedom to pursue my own ideas and findings in the data on the CBI platform. The IU produces some of the highest quality data-driven business insights, and it’s been great to work with the senior analysts and have them guide me in my own work. Additionally, being a research analyst on the IU is an extremely educational experience. You learn how to properly frame ideas for briefs, do the research to back it up, and concisely convey your point while maintaining its impact.
As someone who has been interested in venture capital and private equity for a long time, I can say with confidence that my time at CBI has taught me more about those industries than any other experience.
Getting the “back end” look at funding rounds, business partnerships, and investor trends was not only cool, but extremely helpful in understanding the startup ecosystem.
My name is Amanda DiTrolio and I have been one of the interns on the Intelligence Unit team here for the past 10 weeks.
Outside of being a CBI summer intern, I spend my academic year studying Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at New York University, where I will be a senior.
As a chemical engineer, I often get asked how and why I ended up here at a business insights SaaS company like CB Insights. What I’ve noticed is that my answer has gradually evolved since arriving here at the beginning of June.
Coming into this internship, I was excited to put my analytical problem-solving skills to the test to identify technology trends and to learn more about how these technologies are changing the business dynamic of industries like fintech, healthcare, and cybersecurity.
In addition to checking all of those boxes, my biggest takeaway is identifying the best way to construct a narrative around data and deliver it in a way that is concise, yet can add fresh and insightful value.
This has certainly been the most challenging task I have been faced with here…but hey, if it pushes to keep you Happy, Helpful, Hungry, & Humble, it will always be worth it.
I have been a low-key CBI fan since I discovered Anand & Marcelo’s unconventional but 🔥 newsletters. To say I was excited to see my own research briefs included in both of their newsletters would be a slight understatement.
My name is Caroline Leng and I’m a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, I’m pursuing a BS in Economics and BSE in Computer Engineering through the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. As the tallest intern this year, I’d like to think that I have a great perspective on things.
And looking back at the past 10 weeks, my summer internship in the Intelligence Unit has been awesome (in the true definition of the word).
From bonding with the other interns over coffee to trying the new office snacks every week, my experience at CBI has been absolutely incredible. Having the opportunity to research tech startups at a tech startup has been meta in the best way possible.
While I personally never wore a backwards baseball hat to work, the CBI startup culture gave me the freedom to explore the world of tech startups and grow as a writer. The opportunity to learn from senior analysts while using a world-class market intelligence platform is unmatched here. 11/10 would recommend.
P.S. Taco Bell chips > Doritos.
I am entering my second year of my masters program in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Montclair State University. For many of you reading this who likely have absolutely no idea what that is, I-O psych uses psychological principles and research methods to come up with solutions for the workplace and improve the quality of employee experience. As I am in my second year of graduate school, I often find myself needing a drink. Luckily for me, CBI throws the best happy hours!
At the beginning of this internship during my “Intro to Product” session, someone asked me what my favorite startup was and I had absolutely no idea what to say. 3 months later, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about startups, VCs, and tech.
At CB Insights, I work on the People Team with a focus in Learning and Development. I aid the Director of the People Team, Meredith Flynn, in creating custom training content for all levels of employees at CBI.
One of my favorite parts of my internship was being given the autonomy to make a difference at CBI by beginning to develop a mentorship program to help boost culture and improve employee relationships.
I had the pleasure of working with one of our engineering managers, Julien Capron, on creating a platform to help match mentors and mentees in a more efficient way during the 10th Annual CBI Hack Day.
I could not be more thankful for the very happy and extremely helpful people I have worked with at CBI. A big shout out to the other interns for making this experience that much more amazing and coffee walks so much more fun.
Two months ago, I think if you said the word “SaaS” to me, I’d say, “Yes, I think I’ve got some sass.” Now, as my internship comes to a close, I can tell you a lot about “a SaaS market intelligence platform.”
I am a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in Public Relations and Communications. This summer I joined the team as a Talent Acquisition Intern.
This summer at CB Insights has been one of the best internship experiences I’ve had.
Coming into CB Insights, I never expected to find such a genuine group of individuals excited to get to know me and eager to help me grow my knowledge. This summer I got to build out our LinkedIn page, source for plenty of talent, and aid in hiring some of the most unique and talented individuals. The knowledge I’ve gained and people I’ve met while at CBI is something I’ll carry for a lifetime.
I am a rising senior at Lehigh University and I am on the Business Development team.
I feel as though I have become a “utility player” of sorts for the BD team. At the start of the summer, most of my time was spent prospecting for all of the senior Sales Development Reps (SDRs) within my team. However, as time progressed and I started to better understand “sales lingo” and the ins and outs of our prospective clients, my time turned towards individual projects for different teams. These projects ranged anywhere from writing VIP emails for prospective clients to working on the SWAT Asia campaign (identifying key accounts within Asia for the BD’s SWAT team to target).
My favorite and biggest project was probably the back-end work I did for a Hack Day project. For this I was seeding through a list of “Target Accounts” who had interacted with the platform to figure out if we should bring them back in to our team. My peak at CBI this summer is a no brainer: Sallie Krawcheck’s speech at Future of Fintech.
I’m one of three business development interns here at CB Insights! Our squad is generally responsible for supporting business initiatives and keeping people company during our leisurely lunches. My ten weeks at the company has been just as fun as it has been informative (and they pay for our lunch, so win/win/win).
As a History major at Princeton (2020), this internship shifted my attention away from irregular warfare practices and fringe religions of the 1800s and encouraged me to predict the trends and societies of tomorrow. It was certainly different, but the opportunity ultimately helped me gain perspective on our evolving world. I’m grateful to have access to the resources and minds behind one of the coolest research and market intelligence platforms in NY.
My day-to-day includes identifying new opportunities, researching industry innovation, and crafting custom reports for senior sales representatives. In addition to this, I’ve worked on a range of custom projects for SDRs, which helped me gain insight into all aspects of the company. My favorite part of the summer was learning more about the company and its goals at the Q3 kickoff!
Interning at CB Insights as a Business Development intern this summer was the bee’s knees. The Sales/Business Development Team is a fine-tuned, well-oiled, and extremely personable machine. Getting to learn from everyone on the team (from new hires to CBI vets) was an engaging opportunity.
As a rising senior at Williams College, I was hoping to gain real-world experience in a client-facing role. I got to do this from day one.
When I wasn’t prospecting or researching new clients, I was busy and fascinated trying to soak up the sales acumen of each CBI team member. The skills necessary for success in sales — on top of the foundation of grit, persistence, and hard work — were exceptional to learn and see.
My highlight of the summer was being able to attend CB Insights’ annual conference, Future of Fintech. My team had the opportunity to spend most of the day at the event and being able to hear the top caliber speakers open up about their ideas, methods, and strategy. It’s sad that the summer is winding to a close. To all of my CBI colleagues, thank you!
What does it take to run a good business?
As someone who’s always been an entrepreneur at heart, finding the answer to this question is what made me want to intern at CB Insights this summer.
One of my earliest entrepreneurial escapades was in the fourth grade selling handmade eraser figurines. After that I moved on to selling DIY clothing, snacks in high school, and am now working on another project as I go into my senior year at Cornell University.
A problem-solving mindset is what you need to succeed on the RevOps team here at CB Insights.
While the importance of what we do can be overlooked at times, it is empowering to see how the work I do has had an actual impact on the operational growth of the company. However, my biggest takeaway from this summer has actually been the importance of people and culture in a business. My team is filled with some of the most amazing people. They genuinely care about my professional and personal development. This has created an incredibly welcoming environment that constantly inspires and challenges me to do my best work.
While I’m still figuring out the answer to my original question, I do want to thank CB Insights for the experience this summer. Not only have I gained technical skills that I can use throughout my career, but my time here has also taught me a lot about the person, leader, and change maker that I want to be.
My name is Ariana Mestel and I’m a senior at Queens College, majoring in Computer Science. This summer I joined the Engineering team as an intern on team Rebel Alliance.
Working at CB Insights has been unlike any other internship I’ve had. I was immediately immersed into the team and got to work on projects that actually went into production.
My work ranged from fixing bugs and creating new features on our platform to building a tool for testing endpoints in our services called gRPC-Connect.
A huge accomplishment of mine was releasing gRPC-Connect and demoing it for our engineering team during a Lunch & Learn. People have actually been using it and I’ve received great feedback. I’ll even be using Hack Day to incorporate new features that people thought would enhance the tool. Overall, my experience as an intern at CB Insights has been amazing and I feel like I’ve really left my mark!
My name is Pradyuman Mittal and I’m a rising senior at UCLA, majoring in Computer Science. This summer, I was a Software Engineering Intern on Team Rebel Alliance alongside Ariana!
Rebel Alliance is a feature engineering team primarily responsible for Profiles and Collections on the CBI platform. From day one, I was integrated into the team and assigned work that affected CBI’s bottom line. My main project for the first month was to write the back-end for Profiles 2.0, which consisted of porting all the Go code into Python code, integrating all the endpoints into one, and querying against an ElasticSearch DB instead of SQL to optimize retrieval time. In my day-to-day, I wrote code, tested it as I went along, and iterated upon feedback from the team.
In addition to working on this, I have more recently been stepping into the Agile workflow for RA’s main focus this summer, Collections! Once again, I have primarily taken on back-end tickets and witnessed first hand how my work interfaces with everyone else’s before being shipped out to our clients. Lastly, for my Hack Day project I am trying to cluster investors by their investment behavior using KMeans and PCA. I am super excited to see how it turns out.
All in all, this has been a fantastic summer and I have learned so much from CBI’s talented engineers.
Hello! My name is Maggie and I am CBI’s 2019 design intern. I graduated last year from the Fashion Institute of Technology from the Graphic Design Program.
During my 2 months, I created illustrations for CBI’s featured images on the cover of articles, alongside other projects. I was also able to reignite my passion for motion graphics. While at CBI I was allowed a lot of freedom and trust when it came to my designs. But was also given guidance when I asked for it, which everyone on the team was more than happy to give.
To only say that CBI changed my life in the last two months would be a gross understatement.
During my time at CBI I was able to work on project types I never even knew I wanted to delve more into, and met many great mentors and friends along the way.
Each mentor taught me not only very important design skills and practices that will follow me for the rest of my life. They actively pushed me along, and gave me the confidence I needed to take the next step forward wherever I go on this crazy path we call life.
If you’re happy, humble, hungry, and helpful, we’re hiring.