uFab Corporation

Engineering / Design Intern at uFab

May - August 2023 • St. Louis, MO

What I liked

Tyler, the CEO of uFab, was truly one of the best people I have ever worked for. Tyler was more than a boss but a mentor, coach, and friend. His work ethic and passion for uFab meant I got the pleasure of sitting in on meetings, working on sales, doing graphic design, writing code, and so much more experience that exposed me to the realities of running an early-stage startup. At the same time, however, he actively listened to what I wanted to work on as an intern, respected my work/life boundaries, was incredibly organized, and had empathy when life situations came up. This line of working hard/exposing us to the entire industry, but respecting my needs, time, and boundaries as a student and intern is an incredibly thin one, and Tyler walks it well.

What I wish was different

If there was anything I would wish was different it would be getting to do more coding than design, even though I was able to do both. However, this was largely specific to me and my preferences and the timeline of the summer demanded more design work.


I would say that working for startups is likely more work and more types of work than you anticipate, but it is well-worth the work, and getting to be on a small team has such freedom and excitement as you witness the birth (or shortly thereafter) of a new company!
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