Esther Julis, ’20, Anthropology

Certificate(s): Entrepreneurship, Ethnographic Studies

I worked with other interns to develop an on-boarding document for future employees that contains summations of BoxPower’s current activities and future development plans. As the finance intern, I looked at the financial health of the company and helped create documents for investors. As a group, we conducted user research via cold calling to investigate viable potential customer markets. I learned how to accumulate knowledge about a foreign industry rapidly, how to navigate the early dynamics of a startup, and what is necessary to grow a company with limited resources and data. This internship heavily influenced my thesis research and academic study. I will focus on natural disasters and related issues facing communities, a decision that was influenced in part by BoxPower’s mission. I also am taking an environmental studies course this semester to further my understanding of climate-related issues in the present day.