Kumkum Pandey Interns at Plug and Play Tech Center

Kumkum Pandey Interns at Plug and Play Tech Center

When Kumkum Pandey arrived at Menlo College from India, she didn’t feel like she was in another country. “Accepted and appreciated by the other students, I felt like I was at home,” she recalls.

Kumkum is a marketing major who was able to intern at Plug and Play Tech Center, a global accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Plug and Play’s network includes over 300 tech startups, 180 investors and a community of leading universities and corporate partners.

Kumkum landed the internship with the support of Plug and Play’s Vice President of Operations, Jackie Hernandez and Menlo College’s Office of Internships team.

Kumkum learned a lot in the company’s fast-paced environment. “I made cold calls and researched startups to find out who needed incubator space after first-round funding. “The highlight of my internship was when some startups ended up renting space as a result of my calls. I was so proud,” she beamed.

She described Plug and Play as a hub of constant activity with people from around the world dropping in throughout the day for tours and information on how to start up a business in Silicon Valley.

One of the customs of the Plug and Play workplace was an 8:00 A.M. group meeting to share daily information. Every employee attended the meetings and gave an update on what they were doing. “Incredible communication amongst the staff,” remarked Kumkum.

“Networking helps. The more you interact, the more you will learn,” she said. In that frame of mind, when Kumkum’s internship was completed, she passed her position to Yumi Takano ‘16, another Menlo College student who will complete her internship this summer.

After Kumkum receives her degree, she hopes to find a position in marketing. “It has always been my dream to work for a large company. I want to learn a lot, step-by-step.”

Kumkum was a high school chemistry teacher prior to coming to Menlo College. Kumkum’s brother Durga Pandey is also a Silicon Valley resident, as the CEO of Applause, a company that creates health apps. With Kumkum’s background in chemistry, and her intern experience with startups, she might find doors in any number of industries will open into her next home away from home.