This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming some excellent students into our ranks as interns. Working across the Product, Personal Lending, Portfolio Risk, Design, and Business Operations teams, they each completed major projects this summer that will have a lasting impact at Earnest.
Before they headed back to school, we asked our interns about their experience and how this summer at Earnest has impacted their future goals.
We loved working with each of them over the last three months, and can’t wait to follow their careers after graduation.
How did you learn about interning at Earnest?
Ashish Rathi, MBA, Yale 2019
A LinkedIn job posting.
Camila Key Saruhashi, MBA, Stanford 2019
From a posting on my school’s job board.
Charles Su, MBA, University of Cambridge 2019
I saw a job post on LinkedIn.
Andrew Kotov, BS Business, Babson 2019
A LinkedIn job posting.
William C. Kim, MPP/MSI, University of Michigan 2019 (not pictured)
I actually heard of Earnest after graduating college and when I started working full time. I was researching different fintech companies and was drawn to Earnest’s mission of democratizing finance and its overall design. When I saw the design internship position on Indeed, I immediately recognized the company and decided to apply.
Madhu Yalamarthi, MBA, Stanford 2019
After I expressed an interest in working in fintech, I heard about Earnest through 3 different sources at school within a week! I used LinkedIn to find Stanford business school alumni at Earnest and then reached out to one of them to learn more about the company and internship opportunities.
What’s one important thing you learned this summer at Earnest?
All my previous experience had been working in a consulting firm where different functions don’t really exist that much. It was interesting and highly educational to see and work with different teams in a collaborative environment. Also, I learned a lot about the lending business, FinTech and the opportunities (and challenges) in this space.
The ups and downs of being a program manager, and how to work through both!
I learned that communication is very important, especially in a small company. My last job was at a multi-national bank with more than 200,000 employees globally, so everyone’s job and responsibilities were very specific and clear. At Earnest, I was surprised how many hats everyone wears. I learned to constantly communicate with my colleagues on project updates and actions needed to move a project forward. This ensures that everything is accounted for and reduces the chance of a project missing its deadline.
The importance of scheduling, which made my days much less frazzled!
I learned how a smart, driven group of people from all walks of life can work together to create products and services that add both value and utility to users, and how creating great products starts with the user.
I learned the value of voicing my opinions to a host of diverse people, soliciting their feedback, and refining it. For example, during Earnievation (the Earnest Innovation day), my original idea for how to improve client referrals was OK, but when I gathered a team of people from the product, marketing, and finance teams together, all our ideas fused and we refined it to arrive at a much better thesis.
What does it mean to be an Earnie?
Being an Earnie means that taking charge of getting things done, working to achieve a common goal of saving clients money and being their advocate. It also means having fun events that celebrate our team!
Being an Earnie means that you welcome new ideas and suggestions with open arms. No idea is too small or too unrealistic. Everyone is willing to help each other to make something happen.
Work hard, play hard, be yourself.
Being an Earnie means asking a lot of questions. You never know what you don’t know!
Passionate, nice, and fun!
What are your post-graduation goals?
I would like to continue working in tech or fintech after graduation.
Work in an early stage startup or start my own company.
I would like to explore various opportunities in the tech space. My background in banking combined with my summer at Earnest definitely helps position me for a career in fintech. I will continue to learn more about the industry and find an opportunity that best matches my personality and skill set.
I would like to learn how to make soap bars and send them to my friends as gifts! Besides that, I am focused on the finish line and open to whatever comes next.
Working at Earnest gave me a taste of design in a real-world setting. I plan to return to the Bay Area and continue using research and design to improve all aspects of the user experience.
Either pursue a career in investing or start my own fintech company.
We want to again thank all of our interns for their hard work this summer. Each one was a pleasure to work with and we can’t wait to see what they do after graduation. Maybe we will even see them back at Earnest!