Kena Kothari, NMIMS MBA Candidate 2016 – 18 talks about her experience of working with Zephop as a Business Development Associate, summer 2017
In any Management programme, an Internship is one of the most important aspects of the learning process. It helps students prepare for the real world, and it was especially important for someone like me, as I had never been exposed to the corporate world before. With that in mind I applied for the Zephop Business Development full-time Summer Internship late last year. I was selected after clearing two rounds of interviews.
This summer, I have gained a lot of real-world experience. I would never have gotten that while sitting in the closed doors of a classroom. The first day was a training and induction session and it was fantastic being trained directly by the innovators themselves. Working as a Business Development Associate helped me meet people from different walks of life in different situations and taught me how to work in harmony with them.
I was primarily responsible for the end-to-end process of onboarding businesses. The entire internship process was extremely seamless due to an efficient network system and with all the co-founders being just a call away. This helped me get over any hurdles without getting stuck for a long time. It taught me not to take things personally, and that facing rejection and learning from it is an important part of my professional development. Finally, I learnt the importance of generating loyalty amongst people by building a connection with the customers.
During my internship period of two months, I also learnt the value of team dynamics and goals. It helped me understand how businesses work and how to cope with real problems and situations. In a startup environment, there was an opportunity to learn about multiple areas of the business.
I had a great time working for Zephop and highly recommend working with a tech startup. This is the best way to learn about how the world is being revolutionised by technology and how businesses can harness it to become more customer-centric.