• Eric Gonzalez

Leva, A Unique Approach to an Archaic System

A great job can change someone’s life. In parallel, a great internship experience can alter the trajectory of a student’s education and career path. For college students, navigating the internship process can be incredibly overwhelming. Job boards like Linkedin and Indeed are over-saturated with both job listings and candidates. It is nearly impossible to find an opportunity for which you meet the qualifications and in which you’re interested. If you are lucky enough to find an opportunity you’re intrigued by, you’ve only just begun. Fierce competition among applicants, nepotism, and backward qualification criteria make it very difficult to land traditional internships. Only a lucky few make it through this grueling process.

Internship opportunities within large companies are not always what they seem. Many companies silo interns into specific departments, which can lead to a plateau in learning and a bored student stuck in a cubical entering data into Excel sheets.

Early-stage startups are different. As a result of their size, employees often have to wear many hats within the company. Interns are no different. They are thrusted into positions where they have limited knowledge, but the massive potential to learn. Oftentimes, this results in students working on impactful projects across all functions of the business. Working on projects in marketing, finance, and business development, to name a few, not only widens students’ skill sets but allows them to think about their projects cross-functionally.

One of the most important aspects of an internship is the ability to get quick feedback on the projects you’re working on. Due to the speed at which startups move, students are often thrown into time-sensitive, critical projects. Due to projects’ importance, interns are able to get quick feedback on what they’re working on, allowing them to hone their skills in real-time. Not only is feedback immediate, but so is the visible impact of most projects.

In an increasingly competitive job market, having warm introductions at companies is rapidly becoming necessary for job interviews. Startups offer networking opportunities beyond those of the classic, overdone career fair. While working for a startup, you are working side by side with budding entrepreneurs and seasoned veterans in the hunt for a common goal. This experience not only allows you to learn from the next generation of business leaders but allows them to learn more about you. If you decide working in a start-up is not what you want to pursue post-graduation, oftentimes, founders are more than willing to leverage their network to find you the perfect job opportunity. There is a unique, profound sense of mutual support to promote mutual success within the startup community that makes it the perfect place for students to network and to show their talent.

Startups hold the ability to greatly improve your skillset and vastly expand your network. So why haven’t students always worked in startups? Well, I don’t know.

So we created Leva.

Leva is an internship platform built exclusively for college students and startups. Through Leva, students can find remote internships throughout the academic year and summer with high-growth startups. The experience to be gained within these companies is endless. We hope that Leva serves as a catalyst for creative and driven students to make a change within status-quo shattering companies. Leva will cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, giving you the experience needed to succeed. So, what are you waiting for, join the waitlist, refer some friends, and jumpstart your career.

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