At Duolingo, we delight ourselves on hiring people who’re enthusiastic about our mission and need to use their experience to vary the world for the higher. And we glance for a similar qualities in our interns! Each summer season, we welcome a new class of interns and we’re all the time impressed with the work they do and the true influence they’ve on life and work at Duolingo. To assist in giving you a peek into the lifetime of a Duolingo Intern, we’ve gone straight to the supply! Meet Rebecca, an MBA intern targeted on product administration and based mostly in Pittsburgh. Learn on to study extra about her summer season internship with Duolingo!
What challenge are you engaged on this summer season, and the way did you land on that challenge?
I’m engaged on a brand new writing train that accompanies superior Tales in Spanish and French programs from English. At Duolingo, we intention to show competency in 4 foundational language expertise: talking, writing, studying, and listening. The Tales writing train is at present the one alternative for a learner to freely generate lengthy responses to a immediate, which is an effective way to observe their writing expertise. I’ve been an avid learner on Duolingo since 2013, so I used to be excited to particularly deal with methods Duolingo will help learners observe talking and writing!
I landed on this challenge by a staff match system, the place I used to be given a listing of product groups with obtainable internships and ranked them so as of desire. I’m significantly interested by utilizing knowledge and AI-based applied sciences reminiscent of pure language processing to enhance studying, so it was a no brainer to affix the Studying Analysis & Growth staff.
How does product administration work at Duolingo?
Each firm has its personal approach of doing product administration. To me, a number of issues stood out as distinctive to Duolingo’s tradition:
- We do numerous A/B testing: We’re inspired to kind and check hypotheses for any product function we need to construct, from copy modifications to constructing new sections of the app. This tradition of experimentation not solely makes it simpler to collaborate (everybody has entry to previous experiment knowledge) but additionally pushes PMs to make use of knowledge to drive product selections.
- We prioritize studying influence: Duolingo famously doesn’t paywall its studying content material, as its mission is to make schooling accessible to everybody on the planet. The management staff takes learner influence very critically, with a whole Studying & Curriculum staff that closely influences product selections.
- We deal with enjoyable: We regularly research cell video games and courting apps as best-in-class cell experiences. Though we’re a studying app, we attempt to make our UI easy, intuitive, and enjoyable!
What’s mentorship like for Duolingo MBA interns?
I’ve been actually impressed by the programming for MBA interns. Duolingo pairs you with a buddy and a challenge host (I’ve met 1:1 with my host virtually every single day). As well as, PMs get entry to product-specific workshops (on UXR, design, engineering, QA, and so forth.) in addition to profession improvement roundtables with senior management. As an intern, I used to be warmly welcomed into all firm occasions, together with Duoversary, our 10-year anniversary celebration, in addition to our product staff offsite. Duolingo even deliberate a complete week of programming devoted to interns throughout Nationwide Intern Week!
What has shocked you most about Duolingo’s tradition?
Virtually each tech firm talks about how flat and collaborative their tradition is, nevertheless it’s actually true at Duolingo. Living proof: within the first month of my internship, I sat proper subsequent to the CEO and CTO, whose desks are on the open ground plan identical to everybody else. I’ve been shocked by simply how simple it’s to seize time with anybody within the firm, together with senior management.
The collaborative power permeates the tradition at Duolingo, most not too long ago throughout our 3-day annual hackathon, the place all staff cancel inner conferences and hack on loopy new concepts. For the hackathon this 12 months, my staff labored on a karaoke problem, the place customers might sing alongside to songs and full enjoyable talking workout routines throughout the app, and we even constructed a demo!
What’s your favourite Duolingo function or product?
I’m (not) biased, however Duolingo Tales are such a enjoyable and fascinating method to apply new vocabulary and grammar expertise to real-world conversations. These bite-sized quick tales are witty and sometimes have a plot twist on the finish!
A detailed second could be Match Insanity (a timed problem for matching vocabulary pairs), as a result of I’m undoubtedly not overly aggressive 🙂
Have you ever ever been featured within the Duolingo TikTok?
YES! I used to be Lily in this video.
In case you are interested by an internship with Duolingo you’ll be able to apply to be a DuoIntern at college.duolingo.com!