Hey Thousand! How are you riding today? My name is Julia and I was Thousand’s first intern this past summer. I am going to share with you my experience living/visiting LA for the first time, working at Thousand, and so much more. Let’s get pedaling.
Thousand: Tell us about you!
Julia Ing: I am a rising junior at Smith College (Northampton, MA) who was raised in St. Paul, MN. At Smith I am studying Economics and Ethics.
I have a love and passion for brands with authentic and genuine thoughtful missions and products.
T: What’s your role here at Thousand?
JI: I am Thousand’s first Summer Intern. I wear a lot of hats with an eager joy to learn anything and everything about growing a start-up/running a business.
T: Why’d you want to intern here?
JI: Looking at it now, other than the company’s brand and mission, which, I really resonated with, I loved the stage Thousand was in. The other places I was applying for were 4-5-year-old companies, while Thousand just turned 2 years old this past May.
By being here for just under 2.5 months I have exponentially witness the company develop and change. One thing I learned to love about the start-up industry is the high and fast pace energy. Within a couple of weeks, you see visual evidence and results of your impact and work.
Working at Thousand, and my first internship, I was able to see my work paying off with all the effort I was putting in.
T: How’d you find Thousand?
JI: I came across Thousand from a YouTube video. YouTube for me is a platform that I like to use to find brands, ideas, and hardworking creative makers. Sara Dietschy’s Creative Spaces TV short documentary on Thousand was my first introduction into Thousand’s story, brand, and mission.
T: Share a typical day for you
JI: Everyday, I wake up at 7AM and eat some breakfast, and bike to work (about 5 miles away from the office, 40-45 min bike ride).
Biking daily to work taught me a lot of things:
I was saving a minimum of €29.00 round trip every day, exercising 10 miles a day (50 miles per week), and figured out that I used the time to clear my mind before and leaving work.
I used the 40-45 minutes of travel to listen to podcasts, talk to friends/family, and to explore LA’s roads. The commute was simple and direct. I felt more connected and one with the city, since you notice a lot on a bike.
Once at the office, I work on customer service and packing/shipping.
Customer Service is by far my favorite part of the job; I love talking to people. I love connecting to other people who love and support Thousand just as much as I do. And packing orders teaches you a lot about the business. It shows how much can go wrong before getting that correct helmet to the customer.
On top of this, I work on other small projects and activities ranging from marketing to supply chain.
T: What was fun about LA?
JI: When in LA, I was fortunate to do a lot of things that I could never imagine. When accepting the position, I was pumped to be in LA, but mostly thought I would go to work, and then home. But through Thousand, and doing my own research, I was able to have great LA experiences: From visiting the Museum of Ice Cream to checking out The Broad in DTLA.
I had a blast seeing and living in LA from common tourist things and normal day to day living things.
T: Favorite Thousand helmet?
Until next ride, stay safe out there on them adventures!
Stay rad and swell!🤘🏼