Meet our summer interns!

We’re lucky to have a great team of interns joining us for the summer. Hailing from schools all over the country - or even outside of it - they’re helping us out with everything from engineering projects to sales systems, and quickly showing us they’re as interesting, diverse and talented as we are. Meet our summer interns!

Vishal Atri, success intern

Vishal Atri, a senior at New York University majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, is interning with the Enterprise Success Team. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Vishal is expanding his skill set by helping out the Product Development Team as well during his time with us.

What are you working on?

I do a lot of data analytics and marketing intelligence. It’s my job to compile information on our clients’ bitly accounts for scheduled reviews. For example, I’ll go through a client account and see where their strong points are, identify trends in their performance and make suggestions on how they can better serve their audience. I also work on streamlining customer feedback between our Success and Product Development teams and research ways to make bitly more accessible and useful on a larger scale.

How’s your experience been?

My experience at bitly has been awesome and my team is so helpful. One of the key benefits of working at a smaller company is that it is easy to move around and get all sorts of experience. Because of that, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great and intelligent people as well as expand my skills to new and exciting projects.

What are your plans for the future?

My real passion in life is to use the skills and expertise that I’ve learned and apply those to charitable causes. In the world we live in today, where technology is so important, I believe we can harness these concepts and apply them in ways that have traditionally been reserved for the nonprofit sector. Working at bitly and seeing the impact that our platform has in real-time has definitely raised my personal aspirations for how technology can be applied to achieve utilitarian goals.

Tobias Domhan, science intern

Tobias Domhanis adding some international flavor to the Science Team this summer. He’s a graduate student studying applied computer science at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Last year, Tobias took part in the Allgäu-Orient Rally, a fundraising event where participants race old cars from Oberstaufen, Germany to Azerbaijan. More than one hundred teams participated and Tobias’ team won second place - which was OK with him, because first prize was a camel.

What are you working on?

I’m mainly working on stories with our new Story API. We know how links behave, so now I’m working to see if stories behave differently and keeping track of how they behave over time.

I recently built an animated gif visualization of bitly clicks around the world in a day. People don’t seem to sleep a lot - you can always see traffic all over the place, especially in New York City.

How has your experience been?

It’s really interesting, I’ve had fun and I like the startup atmosphere. It’s great being able to get my hands dirty using actual data and being able to work with large amounts of data.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ll go back to Germany, maybe work for a startup in Berlin. I’d like to continue analyzing data, studying data science or machine learning.

Whitman Schorn, front-end intern

Whitman Schorn is a 2013 graduate of Oberlin College, where he majored in computer science. He’s working with the Front-End Development Team as a 2013 Turing Fellow. Whit’s from Lockhart, Texas, but his accent was “trained out of him” thanks to his involvement in theatre when he was younger. Lockhart’s been a location in several major movies (right now, it’s the home to a film crew for ‘Transformers 4’) and Whit’s marching band was even featured in the movie ‘Stop Loss.’

What are you working on?

Right now, I’m working on the front-end stuff, mocking up ideas for visual UI. It’s challenging because when it’s wrong, it’s really wrong - but when it’s right, it’s very satisfying. I worked on pages for users to verify their email address, so now everytime I get a verification email, I’m like “I can do that!”

How has your experience been?

It’s been great and there are a lot of things to learn, but also a lot of things to play around with. There’s so much cool stuff on the tech side, especially with data. Usually a company that handles this much data has hundreds of people but here, I can see if someone’s in the office if I stick my head up over my desk. I really like that.

What are your future goals?

Moving to New York was definitely one of them. I hope to stay [in the tech scene], I really dig it here and it’s exciting.

Jackie Serame, sales intern

Jackie Serame is a May 2013 graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business, where she double-majored in economics and information systems. Former class president and avid traveler (she’s been to 28 countries), she’s currently interning with the Enterprise Sales team and sneaking in weekend trips when she can.

What are you working on?

Right now, I’m helping client services by figuring out how we can position ourselves to best address each industry’s needs based on the features and changes of Bitly Enterprise.

How has your experience been?

There’s definitely a community feel here, which I really like. There’s a huge range of people here in different stages of their career and their lives and I really enjoy meeting these people and hearing about what they want to do. I feel like I learn a lot through that and love working in strong team environments.

What are your future plans?

One of my big goals is to work abroad in the next few years - that’s always been a dream of mine. After this internship, I will be a sales analyst in an investment bank and hope to go back to school when the time is right.

Krista Harbold, science intern

Krista Harbold is a senior computer engineering major at George Washington University who is helping out the Science Team this summer. She built and wrote the software for her own machine that drills things out of wood, pre-3D printing days, and has experience flying fighter jets.

What are you working on?

I’m doing a few different things. I’m working on providing more intelligence to assist the business teams through data, metrics and dashboards. I’m also working on some stuff with user and customer retention, showing what sectors of our users stick around the longest, where they spend their time on bitly, what they’re interested in and seeing if we can do a better job tailoring to those areas.

How has your experience been?

It’s been great. I really like the fact that with the science team, I can chase after what I find interesting. I came up with my own project and got to see where it goes - not a lot of people get to do that.

What are your plans for the future?

After I graduate in December, I’m going into the Navy. I have a 4.5 year commitment as a part of ROTC. After that, I plan to come back to New York either to work in startups or start one of my own. I’m definitely planning on going into data science.

Josh Matthews, engineering intern

Josh Matthews, a computer science major at Rutgers University, is joining the Engineering Team as a 2013 hackNY Fellow. He’s the events coordinator for the computer science club at Rutgers and this year, he’ll help set up events to connect companies with computer science students. As a hackNY fellow, Josh gets to chat with major players in the tech industry from companies like Birchbox to 4chan while he’s in New York.

What are you working on?

I’ve been mostly working on on our new audience analysis tool, helping to add the notifications system. As part of it, I’ve been learning about NSQ and how bitly’s infrastructure is set up. It’s been really interesting to work on a project that has to operate at such a large scale.

How has your experience been?

It’s been really cool because I started working on code other people wrote, but once I got the hang of things I started writing more of my own. So far, I’ve learned a lot; I’ve worked with other students at my [college] job and at hackathons, but before this I hadn’t worked on a large team with such a focus on code quality and usability.

What are your plans for the future?

When I first started, I asked to do something on the backend, like what I’ve been working on, because I have mostly front-end experience. I wanted to try something different and see what I like. Right now, my main focus is to get through junior year and get another internship next summer.

Ryder Moody, infrastructure intern

Ryder Moody is a senior computer science student from Columbia University helping out with the Infrastructure Team. Originally interested in mechanical engineering, Ryder switched his major after his freshman year when he had an idea for a website and decided to build it himself. Now, he’s working on bitly’s infrastructure during the day and working with his friends on a building their own news-sharing platform in his free time.

What are you working on?

I’m working a lot on Plan Z, our backup system - the idea is if our main infrastructure goes down, we still want to be able to allow our users to click on links no matter what. We have a system meant to be super self-contained, but still reliable and available.

How has your experience been?

It’s been really good. One of the things I noticed immediately was that I was given a lot of real responsibility right away. It’s nice to be contributing to something and to be looked at as a peer, not just an intern. The biggest thing that I’ve been getting out of it is a sort of holistic learning - I’m jumping around learning systems-level stuff, all sort of infrastructure stuff and it’s much more holistic how everything fits together.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to keep working in startups and continue doing what I’ve been doing here, either in New York or San Fran.


Are you interested in joining our team? Take a look at our internship opportunities and current openings by visiting the job board.