This Fellows Perspective post is from Tami Evnin, a 2011 hackNY Fellow and MFA candidate in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.


My first day of my summer internship was by far the most epic first day I have ever had. Ever.

Through my summer fellowship with hackNY, I was matched with BankSimple, a NYC tech startup redefining personal banking.  My first day of work landed on a Friday, and I showed up to the Brooklyn office at 10am (the latest I have ever been able to show up for a job), ready to go. I spent the day getting to know everyone and learning about the project on which I would start working on Monday, but mostly chatting and scheming with my “mentor” Allen.

I was about ready to pack up for the weekend when I was invited to stay and listen in on a company-wide Skype meeting and product demo. The two-hour long meeting was pretty epic. I got to hear all about the history of the company, learn about prospective capital options, and experience the awesomeness of a new financial-planning interface that is in the works.

But it gets better.  After the meeting was over, CEO Josh Reich (recently named by Crains as one of the top “People to watch in Silicon Alley“) reminded the whole Brooklyn team about the dinner he was hosting at his house later that night. It being my first day as an intern, I was completely intimidated by the prospect of spending an evening with all my new colleagues at my boss’s house and quickly tried to come up with a reason to excuse myself from the invitation. But then Josh told us about the evening’s menu – homemade fried chicken. I could not resist.

Hours later, I was sitting in Josh’s home enjoying a delicious, home-cooked meal and unending beverages around one long table with everyone. It was exciting to be welcomed onto the team so quickly and greatly. I ended up getting home around 1am (the latest I have ever gotten home from a job), ready for bed. All I could think was, If this is what the first day was like, this is going to be a great summer!