We had the pleasure of working with Teijo Javanainen last summer. At that time, he was a business student at Laurea UAS. He graduated during his internship at *ship. Teijo was one of those team leaders who broke all limits and displayed exemplary leadership. When the team felt down or needed some motivation, Teijo stepped up and cheered us all with his friendly attitude.

Here is how he experienced the summer as an intern at *ship 2016:

Teijo making sure everyone is enjoying their time at work

What did you during your internship?
The first two months of my internship, I was in charge of planning and hosting the program for Startup Summer Camp’s student teams. Besides that, I helped with multiple tasks with regards to the execution of *ship. On the days of the festival itself, I led the team of volunteers who took care of the STAGE-seminar and Pitch Captain -competition.

What was your most memorable moment last summer?
There are sooo many of those! Just when I think about last summer, it makes me smile! But yeah, I think the most memorable moment from last summer must have been during the Pitch Captain -competition. During that moment, I felt proud of the teams from the Startup Summer Camp; These were the people I had spent the whole summer with. It was amazing to see them take the stage and rock their pitches. Also, I will never forget the sense of community which we had within the *ship-team and ambassadors during the event.

How did the internship influence you professionally?
For me, the internship was all about learning what my strengths are as a professional. It was a challenge to see if I would be able to execute the summer program for students and be one of the organizers in major event production. Because I was able to reach my goals and the *ship team offered me a lot of responsibility, it gave me huge boost of confidence professionally. I also made many valuable contacts during the summer, which of course is a great plus!

Would you recommend others to join? If yes, any tips for the aspiring applicants?
I would absolutely recommend this experience. It does not matter what you study or what kind of background you have. The important thing is to keep your mind open to experience and learn new things. Oh, and don’t be hesitant to take responsibility and ownership of your work; that is how you make the most of it!

What is your favorite quote — words to live by?
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

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Pitch Captain -competition at the Kotka market square