Ibotta Intern: The Startup Life

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Startup Internship, Denver, CO

Forget corporate internships this summer and learn the ropes at a startup company, Ibotta. Ibotta is a free mobile shopping app that allows users to earn cashback on everyday purchases. This startup began three years ago when CEO, Bryan Leach, had an idea for an easy way to allow people to earn money every time they shop. Now, the company consists of over 100 hard-working employees who all believe in the product and want the company to be the best it can be. Ibotta has interns in the sales, marketing and engineering departments.

Cool stuff you get to do

Bye-bye busywork! At Ibotta, interns take on valuable projects like real employees. “We treat interns like they are another important vital member of the team,” said Allie Kranick, Senior Marketing Manager of Brand and Retail. “If you have an idea, opinion or suggestion of something you want to try, we are open to it. You won’t be doing busywork here.”

What It’s Actually Like

Ibotta champions a work hard, play hard mentality. The company supports transparency, where employees know exactly what’s going on and can make suggestions of their own. I was a marketing intern for Ibotta last summer and was privileged to revamp their social media. I pitched the idea for an Ibotta Snapchat profile, and my idea was accepted. I even got to execute it while I was there and see the positive results. No ideas go disregarded at Ibotta, even from interns.

Cool perks

Interns get hands on experience where they will be able to physically see the outcome of all of their hard work by the end of the summer. They get to know all aspects and departments of the company, including Vice Presidents and the CEO. Interns familiarize themselves with the city of Denver with scavenger hunts, sales challenges and company outings. (This is where the “play hard” comes in.)

Skills that impress them

Interns should come in open-minded, ready to work hard and ready to learn a lot about Ibotta and the startup industry. “We will have projects ready for you and we will keep throwing different challenges at you. If you will give us your summer, you can be sure that you will get the most out of it with tangible benefits,” said Kranick.

How to prepare for the application

To apply, submit a killer cover letter and polish up your LinkedIn profile. Also, be cognizant of your social media posts and how they may come across to employers. (AKA wipe that Twitter feed clean.) Keep your eyes on the Ibotta website for internship postings.

The Deets

Full-time paid (yes, PAID) internship

10-week summer session


Were you an Ibotta intern? Share your internship experience in the comments below.

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Danae is a junior at the University of Wisconsin—Madison studying journalism and digital studies. She loves dancing the night away and hopes to someday call Denver home.

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