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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Santa Clara, CA

What I liked

The work I was doing was impactful. Code I wrote was being put into production while I was an intern, so I got to see the development process from start to finish. The team I worked with was also very easy to work with, and the manager was very relaxed about scheduling. If I had a conflict or needed to shift my hours around one week, it was very easy to do so. Also, I heard from other internships that sometimes the companies wouldn't really know exactly what to do with their interns, and might not have work for them. Amazon was very prepared for me, and even had extra features for me to work on if I was to finish the main goals early.

What I wish was different

Not much honestly. It was a great experience and I'm glad I got to work with them

Advice

The interview was harder than the internship, so don't feel stressed out if the interview seems really tough and you aren't prepared for it.
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Warehouse Associate

June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The positions in Amazon are easy to learn, and with shorter shifts, time goes by very quickly there! Being a smaller warehouse allows workers to grow strong relationships and get a full understanding of every step in the process.

What I wish was different

I wish that shifts weren’t locked in place because it’s difficult to have a classes revolve around a strict four day schedule unless you’re working third shift. Workers should be able to pick and choose days, but they are locked.

Advice

Amazon provides a great opportunity to clear your head & knock out some hands-on work with generous compensation. Everything you hear about their poor working conditions is with larger facilities that are difficult to manage, but at DGR1 (Amazon in Grand Rapids), the conditions are top notch for a warehouse. Well worth the paycheck!
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SWE Intern

July - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I liked my mentor a lot. He helped me through the learning process and made my experience worthwhile.

What I wish was different

I wish that the environment was a little more social, I had a hard time meeting any other interns in my time at Amazon.

Advice

Things are super team dependent, but definitely try to meet people and just get to know things around your team and Amazon in general.
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Amazon Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Meeting other interns

What I wish was different

Get placed on a team which I had more interest in

Advice

Work hard but don’t forget to have fun because Seattle is a great city!
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

I was on a fantastic team of talented software engineers that were casual yet effective. I learned a lot from them throughout my internship. Also, we travelled to Seattle twice, one week each, which was a blast. The overall work atmosphere was pretty chill and conducive of learning.

What I wish was different

Honestly can't think of anything.

Advice

For one, really try to get an internship at Amazon over Summer, it's great. Second, don't be scared to ask a bunch of questions and take notes while doing so. I literally had a list of questions and their answers by the end of the first couple of weeks, which proved helpful. Your mentor and manager actually like it when you are expanding your understanding as much as you can.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Madison, WI

What I liked

Freedom, not a lot of oversight and control over the design and implementation of the project I was working on

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - July 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Learning a lot and the company culture

What I wish was different

That I had a more exciting project on a team that was doing exciting work (instead of falling apart)

Advice

Have fun, ask lots of questions
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Software Development Engineer

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Team, project, overall experience

What I wish was different

More guidance near the beginning of internship

Advice

Always be learning and talk more.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I had a great and supportive team, I got to own my whole project, there were some solid intern events, Seattle is amazing for the summer

What I wish was different

A bit difficult to get accustomed to developing with their massive codebase, hard to meet and stay in touch with other interns because there were so many of us, your experience is very dependent on your mentor/manager

Advice

Make sure your expectations are clear with your manager, delivering results is more important than anything else!
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Operations Finance Intern

June - August 2019 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Great company, challenging culture

What I wish was different

Better manager, better project

Advice

It is definitely an operations type role, not finance
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Associate

June - August 2019 • Sterling, VA

What I liked

I liked working in the warehouse, delivering packages by driving company vans, and working with the Amazon Team.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more experience with logistics and operations because I want to be a potential leader/manager.

Advice

Develop your interpersonal skills, sales, organizational skills, and time management.
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SDE Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The learning experience provided and the tools you are able to explore are unmatched. Fellow engineers are extremely supportive and are always willing to help you learn!

What I wish was different

Advice

Meet as many people as you can and ask them questions about their work.
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Picker

July - August 2019 • Troutdale, OR

What I liked

Decent pay

What I wish was different

Better training, more in depth training

Advice

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The ability to learn from teammates and other engineers.

What I wish was different

I wish I had worked harder.

Advice

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - July 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Lots of learning opportunities and a great city to live in for a summer

What I wish was different

The intern events were not that great

Advice

Work work work, only those that work and keep the complaints to themselves get the return offer
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Warehouse Floor Lead and Team Member

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

I felt like I was a part of a team and that the company really valued me and the work that I did. The management were really friendly and were always there to help and do what they could to help you succeed at your job.

What I wish was different

I wish they had been a little clearer about what I would be doing for the job (it was a little vague and so when I did it, it was a bit different than what I expected).

Advice

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Area Manager Intern

May - July 2021 • Rialto, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed the commute and the friends that I made.

What I wish was different

I wish the on-boarding process was easier to follow.

Advice

I would recommend it, but it is a commitment!
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Software Development Engineer Intern

June - September 2017 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Amazing team, intern community, and work environment.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been assigned a project that aligned with my technical skills and interests better.

Advice

Live and breathe Amazon's Leadership Principles, and have fun! :)
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Program Mangement Intern

June - August 2020 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

Given real-world project and owned it. Was responsible for delivering it, figuring out what to do, and making sure it was sustainable

What I wish was different

I liked the amount of autonomy I had, however some additional guidance would've been nice.

Advice

Speak up! Amazon is a self-service company, but don't be afraid to reach out to your peers, other interns, coworkers, and other team members.
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Warehouse Associate

June - August 2019 • Lisle, IL

What I liked

Rewarding manual labor. Gave me a good workout. I enjoyed learning their bar code-scanning system and using technology to get the job done.

What I wish was different

I wish I had had more interactions with my manager/with other people in charge. It was very hands-off most of the time.

Advice

Be ready to do a lot of physical labor, and anticipate a lot of exertion. Eat a hearty meal before your shift and get plenty of rest after your shift is over.
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