Product Management Intern
San Francisco, CA
Despite what her parents might think, Anu is spending her internship rolling out new deal structures and shipping features to production for Groupon’s hottest product launch. (NBD!)
What school do you go to?
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What team are you interning for?
What do your parents think you do?
Probably make coffee and run errands for others.
So what do you *actually* do?
I am a product management intern for Groupon+, which is a card-linked offer system where users get cash back on their purchases. Groupon+ as a whole is neat because it eliminates the need for a voucher and makes the process of using Groupon seamless for consumers and merchants. During my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to work on several different features. In product management, we have key metrics that we use to determine to success of our features. My features are designed to improve key metrics like conversion or enrollments.
One project that I’m working on is a new deal structure for Groupon+ deals, called Mesa. In order to get this deal structure set-up, I have been collaborating with individuals in sales, legal, engineering, design, and content. This project has given me an incredible amount of insight into how all the pieces come together in order to create a successful feature. I’ve learned how to manage roadblocks, align timelines, and handle differing priorities in order to successfully keep the project moving forward. It has been quite the ride – and I’m having so much fun! Not a day goes by that I don’t learn at least 10 new things.
Memorable Groupon moment so far?
Earlier in the summer, I spent an afternoon volunteering in Presidio with Groupon. We were removing weeds from a community garden, and it was a competition to see which team could finish their section the fastest. Naturally, the 5 interns banded together into a group, raced to put on our gardening gloves, and began hacking away at the weeds. After about an hour of weeding, we successfully finished clearing our section FIRST! But more importantly, it was a fun way to bond with my fellow interns while volunteering and protecting the environment 😉
What’s been most surprising so far about interning at Groupon?
The culture! I feel so grateful to be working with my Groupon+ team. Everyone is so kind, friendly, funny, and not afraid to bring their quirky personalities to work. My team has welcomed me with open arms, and I can genuinely say that I get to have fun at work because of my coworkers. I was definitely surprised that the Groupon+ team had such a collaborative and supportive culture, but after being a part of the team for 6 weeks, I can’t imagine it being any other way!
What’s the coolest thing you’ve accomplished so far this summer?
I’ve been able to take on a feature from beginning to end. I was able to start by working with the designer on the mocks, kicked off the feature with engineering, worked with the engineering through development to clear any roadblocks, and saw the beautiful end result on Groupon staging. The feature is scheduled to go out into production next week, and you’d best believe I will be showing every single one of my friends and family the feature that I was owned (as an intern!)
What’s the most innovative technology you’ve experienced in your lifetime?
I think the technological advances that are being made in biotechnology are remarkable. For example, telerobotics is an area of robotics that builds semi-autonomous robots that can be controlled from very far away. This could change the future of surgery by allowing physicians to perform medical procedures remotely. With telerobotics, physicians are able to reach patients who are in remote or inaccessible locations without having to physically leave their office. Innovations like this are redefining the possibilities in healthcare, and I am so excited to see how innovation in biotechnology continues to develop in the future.
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It’s short, and very [bitter]sweet.
My Instagram is mainly photos of ____________.
Travel destinations and random artsy stuff.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve experienced in the city you’re interning in?
San Francisco’s natural beauty is so lovely. I recently went on a trip with some fellow Groupon interns to Big Sur. It was a fairly short drive, and the views there were incredible. Big Sur is a rugged part of the coast with big, scenic drop offs and secluded beaches. It was fun to be able to spend time with other interns outside work while enjoying California’s weather and nature.