Intern Spotlight: Elle Morris
August 26, 2014 | Updated: May 22, 2015
This year, MongoDB welcomed 33 university students to our intern program in Engineering, Marketing and Education. In this series, we'll introduce you to the talented students who are helping us transform development and operations for how we run applications today.
I had the chance to sit down with Elle Morris who spent this summer working with the Marketing Operations team.
Where do you go to school, what is your major, and what year are you in?
I’m a rising senior at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) studying Operations and Information management and Statistics.
What is your role at MongoDB?
Marketing Operations and Analytics intern, analyzing lead generation, the demand-close process, and filling in the blanks as needed.
How did you find out about the internship program at MongoDB? Why did you choose to come to MongoDB?
I found out about MongoDB at a career fair and then saw them at the PennApps Hackathon. I was interested in the company and found the opportunity online. I came here because this is an exciting company and the position integrates all my areas of interest.
What’s your hometown?
Celebration, Florida. (Built by the Walt Disney Company.)
Did you have previous experience using MongoDB before you arrived? If so, how are things different now that you work at MongoDB? If not, how did you learn MongoDB and how was the education process?
I had exposure to MongoDB at PennApps, so had some basic understanding of what differentiated the company, but now I have a much better understanding of why MongoDB is so revolutionary and why it has attracted such a loyal user-base.
Bike or public transportation to work?
We live in NYC so I think you should delete this question.
What’s a typical day (or week) for you?
I get into the office around 9:30, sync with my mentor, check email, then I work on a revolving queue of around 4-5 projects depending on the phase of the Lunar calendar.
What do you love most about MongoDB?
There are a lot of implicit assumptions in that question. But what I love most is the ability to work with very smart people from diverse disciplines that all share a common interest in bettering the product and the company. As an intern on the marketing team I’ve been exposed to a variety of functions within the department and across teams, which has expanded my understanding of how the company functions.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
Prioritizing time, because there is always a trade-off between learning more about something new and moving on to the next project that has to be done.
What do you hope to accomplish while you’re here?
I hope to be able to explain a very technical concept in simple terms. In practice that means understanding the product, the customer, and how marketing and sales work to connect the two and convey that information to people without a technical background all while being HYPER efficient.
What’s your favorite Seamless lunch order?
It depends. If I’m going to be very hungry then its Chop’t salad with falafel because its always first to arrive. Otherwise whichever option has the best chocolate chip cookies.
Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work.
If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret. Disappears in a puff of smoke