EdTek Services is a company helping schools, universities, government agencies, and private sector independent consultants move their training from face-to-face to online delivery.
Through the Level UP remote internship program, EdTek Services’s Founder, Paul Jacobelli, partnered with student, Tyler Chan, to upgrade and optimize the EdTek Services website.
A Queens University student, Tyler, and a team of Level UP students helped reconstruct the EdTek Services website, organized webpages into clusters, and updated copy to enhance SEO.
Tyler grew and learned a lot through this experience.
“Through this project, I learned new things. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience,” Tyler shared.
More than that, this experience allowed Tyler to understand himself better.
“This project helped me understand a lot about myself. More specifically, it taught me what I like and don’t like to do.”
Paul intentionally helped engineer that kind of growth and introspection in students.
“You have to find the place they’re at. I lay out the projects and what is required, and I say, what do you feel most comfortable with? And then I help them be better at it.”
Paul realized their target audience had changed regarding the website project, so they needed to upgrade the site. The Level UP students came up with great ideas to optimize Paul’s website because he asked great questions.
“So one of the tasks I gave these guys was, you buy stuff online. How would you design it to get rid of all the irritants that you don't like to get you the information that you want? Make the process easy; how would you do it? And I said that's your number one task. Make it an experience so you don't get complaints. So I just kind of bet on the fact that as younger web-embedded people, they would understand that intrinsically, and they did a great job.”
This project led to related projects.
“So they built us a brand-new website, and that's going to launch very soon. Then, this next set of projects is reconverting all the content for that website. Write it in a language that people who function on the web want to see,” Paul said.
Tyler appreciates all of the deep real-life experience working with Paul offered.
“The project helped me actually apply the stuff I’ve been learning. It gave me a sense of real-life work and how to use it in a job or if I decide to run a business.”
This project offered more than just real-life experience; for Tyler, it was also about connection.
“I feel pretty well-prepared to find a job after school. Not only that, but with this project, I also built many business connections. I found that extremely valuable.”
EdTek Services would be months behind if it wasn’t for the Level UP program and students like Tyler.
“They’re bringing us into the modern world and bringing together the technology to do it. It would’ve taken me months to source this out, read about it, and figure it all out. Level UP helped bring extra hours to the table for us that didn’t take away from the business. There’s no way we would have gotten to this project without the Level UP students. It just wouldn’t have happened,” Paul shared.
Paul believes in the Level UP program so much that he recommended it to fellow business associates.
“It added staff, capacity, and ideas that small companies wouldn’t have access to if this wasn’t available.”
Tyler has already recommended Level UP to his friends.
“I definitely would recommend Level UP. I’ve told some of my friends that they should probably do this if they're interested. It’s a great way to get experience and get to know people.”
Thank you to Tyler Chan for sharing his experience on Riipen. To learn more about how you can get started with the Level UP remote internship program as a student or employer, visit the website here. Stay updated with the latest in higher education, experiential learning, and the future of work, and subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter, The Riipen Report.
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