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Xtern Program Part 2: Why Techpoint's Xtern Program Is More Than an Internship

Techpoint's Xtern program offers more than just a connection to a great company. Besides the perks of housing and some meals, we get to experience a community with other interns. Every week the program holds a ‘Meet-up Monday’ where we learn professional development tips like creating our brand, handling stress and understanding financial management. There are tech talks throughout the summer, focusing on various topics like big data to product management - presented by some of the companies that hired us. We also have opportunities to serve the Indianapolis community through volunteering with Butler Labs to show children how to code, as well as participating in the Indy-Civic hack-a-thon and many others. And, of course, we have plenty of time to meet up with other interns, make new friends, and explore the city after work.

The best part of the Xtern program, however, is the internship itself. Working with SmarterHQ has been a whirlwind of new experiences. Where other Xterns have to wait for responsibility, we've jumped right into our roles. Besides learning about the behavioral marketing platform SmarterHQ has created, we’re developing our own projects and work ing closely with our managers. We’ve learned to use Javascript and Visual Studio, and created our own documentation. It’s an experience that draws interns in, not just because of the skills we’re learning, but the culture of the company as well. It’s an environment that gives us a space to learn, while pushing us to do better. And even though we are only here for the Summer, the company has made us feel like we are a part of the family. Between developing skills and friendships, SmarterHQ has quickly become a home to all of the Xterns, and we’re excited to see what the rest of the summer holds!

-The SmarterHQ Xterns