True Life: I’m a Foolish Intern

Julie Young

Written by our Foolish intern of 3 years – Julie Young Julie Young

My journey with The Motley Fool all started two years ago in my senior year of high school. Tom Gardner, co-founder and CEO, was a guest speaker in a finance class I was taking through Georgetown University. About a half hour into his talk, I was a complete Foolish convert. I admired The Motley Fool for stressing the importance of taking personal control of your financial health. And I loved the way the company emphasized viewing an investment as a long term commitment to part ownership of a company rather than simply a quick way to make some extra change.

But what really got my attention was the way Tom spoke about people. In discussing the companies he admired and invested in, Tom stressed the importance of aligning passion with purpose. He believed everyone should be passionate about the company’s mission, and should be working in jobs that allow them to exercise their strengths and feel truly fulfilled personally.

He brought this idea to a more personal level with us, too. Most of the students in my class were about to take their first steps into the real world, and Tom gave us a bit of advice about giving purpose to our passions: “Stop getting tutors for your C+ classes, and instead try getting extra credit in your A+ classes.” He then paused and added, “Trust me, you’ll be a lot happier.” This idea’s intuitive validity struck me, and right then I knew that The Motley Fool was the place for me—because any place that perceives work as love made visible is a place to grow both as a person and as a company.

I worked as a full-time intern that summer, and here I am two years later back for my third summer internship. Without a doubt, my experiences here have been nothing short of incredible. The Motley Fool truly values and trusts its employees (here we call them “Fools”). Interns here don’t do any filing papers or making coffee or anything like that—it’s all about making a true impact. The culture lives and breathes the alignment of passion with purpose. I have had the chance to work on all kinds of projects in various departments depending on my interests—HR, finance, internal communication, research, internal education… Few companies give interns that kind of liberty.

Furthermore, the work environment embraces open collaboration and genuine kindness. I can honestly go up to anyone at The Motley Fool and plan a coffee date—no matter what his or her title may be. In fact, I would consider both the CEO and CFO close friends of mine. Truthfully, I have lost count of the number of people who have taken the time to patiently answer my questions and help me with whatever I’m working on. And I will be forever grateful for that.

Interning here is the best decision I’ve ever made, and it is among my most treasured experiences. I would not be the same person today if it hadn’t been for the people here and for the learning opportunities I’ve had. If you’re applying for internships this summer, choose The Motley Fool. You won’t regret it.