Crew Love [Intern Edition]: Maximilian E. DeLeon

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Your college and major
University of Cincinnati, BA in Political Science, and minors in Philosophy and Sociology

With all of the possibilities around Cincinnati for doing your internship, what drew you to working with the team at MORTAR?
I was drawn to the MORTAR team for my summer internship because the area of work they are involved with not only seemed to benefit my interest in business law, but also seemed to provide a sense of fulfillment. I didn’t want to simply work at a job where I acquired legal experience, but I wanted to spend my summer at a place where I genuinely enjoyed showing up everyday and feel like I am doing some good and making a difference. Unlike other startup accelerators, MORTAR helps the Cincinnati community from the bottom up. Gaining valuable experience and helping out my community is an easy choice for a summer internship.

What are you looking forward to most about your internship?
What I am looking forward to most with this internship is getting some real experience working with and helping people who are starting up their own companies. I want to be able to relieve some of the pressure and stress that someone, who has accepted the challenge of starting there own business, will receive. I want to witness and be involved with the future of Cincinnati businesses.

When you aren’t in class or at MORTAR, what’s one of your favorite things to do?
One of my favorite things to do when I’m not in class or at MORTAR is watching a film or television show. I love watching all varieties of genres, and seeing how the writers, directors, actors, and producers all work together to create something creative and unique.

Share your thoughts on the idea of “building community through entrepreneurship.”
The idea of “building community through entrepreneurship” is great in that a new business can grow and thrive through the connections it has with the community. This relationship is symbiotic, in that the community can grows and thrive with the emergence of new businesses. Cincinnati is a great example of how the community and entrepreneurs can be codependent and succeed together.

Any final thoughts?
Cincinnati is the best city in the world. It is and always will be my home and community.


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