Alongside Talent Programs Associate Mitch Cave, our University Relations team has cultivated opportunities for interns that go beyond professional development. They attend a specially curated version of Mailchimp University, or MCU, our in-house leadership program. In each session, they learn about things like personal branding, effective communication, networking, and even emotional intelligence in the workplace.
Great care is also given to making our interns feel at home in Atlanta, where Mailchimp is headquartered. Mitch and Jasmine take interns on excursions around the city; they provide guidance for things to see and do, and they provide opportunities to volunteer within the community.
“Atlanta's a booming tech hub. There's so much diversity. There are so many things to do. You can really have a great life here,” Jasmine says. “We want them to see the full picture of what it could be like to work and live in Atlanta.”
Thought behind each intern role begins long before the job is listed. Mailchimp recruiters visit job fairs and festivals across the country, making a concerted effort to reach a diverse pool of candidates. Teams create a project for their future intern. Hiring managers review an Internship Commitment, which documents Mailchimp's promise to be conscientious stewards of each intern’s experience.
Methembe Moyo is a Marketing Analytics Intern from Le Moyne Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. He was recruited directly from OHUB’s HBCU@SXSW in Austin, Texas, which provides curated experiences for select college students from underrepresented communities with a focus on creating access to internships and full-time employment at major tech companies.
As a Computer Science major, Methembe knows technology. But as an intern at Mailchimp, he gets to see what it means for a tool to be in use, and that inspires him.
“In school you just make a program—you don't really know if people are going to use it. So you don't really have empathy,” he says. “But my role at Mailchimp gave me a view to actually see that wow—this tool is being used by thousands of people all over the world, every second. That's been the best part of my role as an intern here at Mailchimp.”
Methembe has also loved getting plugged into real community, both inside and outside of the office, and that’s made it easy for him to thrive.
“I feel so comfortable and included, I feel empowered to just be the best version of myself.”
Similarly inspired by her own experiences as a Mailchimp intern when she began in 2018, Ashley Huynh created an intern ambassadors program to help her peers succeed at Mailchimp.