Meet Our Interns: Avani Laroia, Marketing and Business Development Intern

Meet Avani — former Updater Marketing and Business Development Intern — a senior in college with a worldly background. We asked her about her favorite parts of working at Updater (did someone say 21st birthday?) and what she learned during her summer in the office.

What is your school and major?

I go to Middlebury College and I’m majoring in International Politics and Economics, and French.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Hong Kong, but my parents are from India and I now live in the United States. So I’m not really sure how to answer that question!

What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?

My ancestor was (apparently) the main advisor to a king of India back in the day.

How is this internship different from other experiences you’ve had?

The internship program is so well set up (shout out to Madison!) and as a result you have unlimited ability to grow and learn. For example, the career chats with folks from different parts of the company and the group lunches were so helpful. It’s so important to make the most out of all the opportunities at this internship.

What will you miss most about Updater?

The people! It’s such a great, fun, and supportive environment that’s shaped by the wonderful employees. Also, the dogs in the office will be greatly missed!

What is your advice for future Updater interns?

Let your manager know which projects peak your interest! Everyone at Updater wants you to prosper and you will probably do the best work on projects you’re interested in, so it’s a win-win situation. This is also a great way to figure out what you want to pursue in the future!

What is the best thing about interning at Updater?

Definitely the supportive and friendly environment. It’s a great place to grow and learn, and that really sets Updater’s internship apart from the others!

What is the most important thing you learned all summer? (Work-related or not!)

Don’t second guess yourself so much! There were so many times I went into meetings with ideas, but always prefaced them with: “but we don’t have to use these” which is not a great selling point. In fact, a lot of the time people responded well to my suggestions, so be confident in yourself and in your ideas!

Last but not least, what is your favorite Updater memory?

Easily my 21st birthday! The marketing team decorated my desk and got me a lovely gift. I also popped a bottle of champagne and we drank mimosas during our team meeting. Definitely one for the books!