@foodtribeusa - Blog Post #14 - Getting to Know Food Tribe Intern, Hailey

Things have been busy on our end. I can say "our" because Food Tribe is no longer just one person. We're two (and looking for more).

Hailey the Intern joined Food Tribe this past June.

If I'm being perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure HOW Hailey and I connected. She says that that while searching for summer internships, she found Food Tribe through the power of the internet and found our Google Forms Internship application.

Food Tribe's original internship application made via Google Forms. Note that Hailey's response was the only application 😂

Food Tribe's original internship application made via Google Forms. Note that Hailey's response was the only application 😂



I'm still not sure if I'm buying her story (kidding, I believe you Hailey!), but that's proof that by putting yourself out there, the Universe has the ability to provide you with just what you need. When I originally posted that Google Form looking for an intern, I wasn't sure anyone would actually apply. 

Hailey and I hanging out at the OC Product Managers event this past June. 

Hailey and I hanging out at the OC Product Managers event this past June. 

Before Hailey, (B.H. for the rest of this post), I was underwater, scatter-brained, and not sure how I was going to do it. It being launch a company by myself. With no money. And no help. 

After Hailey. I'm still underwater, scatterbrained, and not sure how I'm going to do it, but what I do know is that I have company. Which makes the journey that much better. 


If you're anything like me, you had one or two crappy internships in your day.

As Food Tribe grows, it's mission, goals, and culture are need to be felt at all levels of the organization, beginning with Interns. 

Interns are a valuable part of any business, and many of the startups you know and love relied heavily on them to build the foundations of companies that would ultiamtely have massive success. 

Which is why it was important that Food Tribe's first intern bought into Food Tribe's vision for the future.

It's Give and Take

Before Hailey came aboard I did two things:

  1. I asked Hailey which internship role she wanted (she picked Product), and I asked her to write down what she wanted to accomplish by the end of the internship (what her goals were)
  2. I matched her wants to Food Tribe's needs. 

View Hailey's Welcome Letter Here


In order to continue to develop Food Tribe, I needed help, which is why I sought an intern in the first place. 

I based Hailey's internship on principles I learned at General Assembly

I based Hailey's internship on principles I learned at General Assembly

It was important for Hailey to be empowered to learn about the things she wanted to learn about while also feeling empowered to put her own twist into things.

The foundation of the internship combined theory and practice built on some of the product management principles I learned with the General Assembly and Ruckus Projects teams. 

While I'm not sure my experiment was entirely successful, it showed that Food Tribe is headed in the right direction... Hailey has committed to staying on board through the Fall!


In an effort to get Food Tribe's fans a little more familar with Hailey, I asked her to fill out this short questionaaire. On that note, meet Food Tribe Product Intern, Hailey!

  1. Age: 18
  2. Major: Computer Science
  3. Where do you like to eat? I really like going to Souplantation for dinner. All you eat delicious food! Also they change up the food often, which is something I love.
  4. Why'd you decide to join Food Tribe? First off, I love food and learning about the best places to eat at. Second, of all I was looking for something to do in my free time and I wanted to find something that could potentially help me with my career goals.
  5. What Have You Learned So Far? I have learned how to become a product manager and what their role is. I also learned a lot about story mapping to help create a product vision.
  6. What's Been Your Favorite Part of the Internship So Far? Getting to learn new things about what it takes to turn a vision into a reality in this world
  7. What are Your Summer Plans? Continue going to summer school, work, and doing this internship
  8. Any Fun Facts You Want to Share With the World? I am a huge cartoon fan. My favorites right now are Steven Universe, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and The Amazing World of Gumball

The rest of the year, Hailey and I are going to be working together to bring you Food Tribe 1.0.

Terence Latimer