Landing the perfect internship can be hard. With career fairs to attend, resumes to polish, neckties to tie, comfortable dress shoes to locate, and elevator pitches to land, the process can be daunting. Making a lasting impression in a sea of qualified candidates can be difficult. How do you stand out?
One enterprising Georgia Tech student used sticky notes to get noticed by a Fortune 500 company, and he did it from the comfort of his own apartment.
Gursimran Singh, a second-year computer science major, took his internship search into his own hands.
His campus-adjacent apartment on Spring Street in midtown Atlanta is right next door to the world headquarters of NCR – a leading provider of point-of-sale technology for retail and hospitality.
Also an entrepreneur, CS major Gursimran SIngh is co-founder of Curbside, a company developing low-cost, scalable infrastructure that can support the development and implementation of urban micro vehicles, which include personal electric scooters and bikes.
Singh noticed that his apartment window actually faced some of NCR’s office and conference spaces. Using a lovely shade of gold, Singh strategically placed sticky notes on his window in reverse to spell out “HIRE ME” for the entire right flank of NCR offices to see.
He added a smiley face for good measure.
It didn’t take long for NCR to respond, using the same technology. “EMAIL?” appeared in a company window dotted with small squares of paper. Another message from NCR appeared in sticky note form asking, “DEV?”
Singh provided his email address, which took up nearly all of his floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows. “I spent a lot on sticky notes, but it looked pretty cool,” Singh said.
After sharing his contact information, Singh started getting notifications in his inbox. “I was contacted by a few people, including the vice president of IT,” Singh says. “They asked me to send my resume, so I did,” he explains. He also met with NCR’s University Relations Leader on campus.
And, however improbably his search began, Singh’s name has been added to the list for summer internship interviews.
“It was really amazing,” he says.