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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I was placed on a very important team with a fulfilling project. My team members were incredibly intelligent while also very helpful and nice. Amazon's internship program is very streamlined and fleshed-out so I was able to contribute and make a measurable impact while I was there. I was paid a very nice salary and learned more in a span of three months than I had my entire time at school. I did receive a return offer, so I feel relieved knowing I have a full-time position waiting for me after graduation.

What I wish was different

I really disliked Seattle compared to Pittsburgh. I loved working at Amazon, but I hated living in Seattle.

Advice

Internships are basically 3 month interviews, so treat it as such. The computer science field is extremely competitive, and will grow exponentially so as more people join the major. Going from internship to return offer at a big company is probably the most greased path to follow. Software (e.g. Leetcode) interviews are difficult and get harder when you interview for full-time positions (in general 2-3 rounds vs 5-6). I found it much easier to perform on the job since the skill set required is very different from what you need to learn to interview well. Being able to go through your last year/semester with a job offer in your pocket is also a huge plus in job security and as leverage for competing offers.
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Operations Financial Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • Hebron, KY

What I liked

The fast paced environment surrounded by professionals who were motivated and constantly working. Amazon provides an environment to learn a lot of information and take advantage of available resources to improve yourself.

What I wish was different

I wish that there had been other interns, or people my age at my site so that way I could go through the same experience with another.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions, spend all of the time you can on your project and think logically about your deliverables.
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IT Support Specialist

May - August 2018 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

I loved the culture at Amazon! The managers always had a great attitude and always promoted employee growth. One thing that was really unique was that before every shift, managers recognized employee accomplishments and growth to the entire staff. I found this really heart-warming and encouraging.

What I wish was different

Nothing. Amazon was truly amazing and lived up to the expectation I had about a revolutionary company.

Advice

Make connections! No matter where you work or what you do, establish positive relationships with everyone you work with because you never know how, later down the road, one of those people could help you further your success.
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Fulfillment Associate

September 2017 • Teterboro, NJ

What I liked

Fast pace, diverse, environment

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Developer Intern

June - September 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Interning in a new city

What I wish was different

More meaningful work

Advice

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Amazon Fulfillment Associate

May 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

The schedule

What I wish was different

The hiring process time. Took a full month from when I apply to start date

Advice

Find comfortable shoes
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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

So much freedom, I could read whatever code I wanted.

What I wish was different

My project didn't align well with my skills and interest but luckily I had the freedom to implement my own features

Advice

READ CODE. Honestly, your intern project probably won't mean too much. If you really want to get into SWE, read your teams code base, see how they manage their dependencies, and get exposed to their testing.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The tech experience. Living in Seattle with other interns.

What I wish was different

Could've had a more challenging project.

Advice

Be hungry.
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Area Manager

May - July 2021 • Fort Worth, TX

What I liked

I liked the fact that everyone is willing to help.

What I wish was different

Ask more questions about the company

Advice

Learn as much as possible.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Working with smart people. Seeing how a software company operates at a large scale.

What I wish was different

Wish the company was less bureaucratic

Advice

Take advantage of the resources at the company and learn as much as possible from others
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Area Manager Intern

May - August 2021 • Florence, NJ

What I liked

The independence. I did not feel as if there was someone hovering over me

What I wish was different

Longer training. I felt that because the facility was so big, there was not enough time to fully understand processes.

Advice

Always ask questions
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SDE Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

My team was extremely supportive and gave me a meaningful project that was able to be shipped to production. Since my team had a lot of combined experience, I was also able to learn a lot from my team about different best practices and technologies. I also had the chance to meet hundreds of other interns, as well as live with them.

What I wish was different

I wish that the provided housing had been better. It was advertised as having a fully equipped kitchen, however I stayed in a dorm that had only communal kitchens.

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Nice city(Seattle) with a lot to do and good transportation. Good housing and relocation package. Great co-workers and employee resources Fun, exciting intern projects

What I wish was different

Maybe ... Free food for employees? Otherwise, it was a perfect summer internship.

Advice

The internship is what you make of it. Go out, meet other interns and explore!
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Work was really interesting, team and manager were very friendly and made me excited to go to work.

What I wish was different

The transition to the development protocol is done on your own, which can be tough when you have a lot of questions.

Advice

Internships are one of the best opportunities you have to learn both about industry but also what it means to be a professional.
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Warehouse Associate

June - August 2019 • Sussex, WI

What I liked

The community and other employees was the best part of this job. People are kind and willing to help. Daily tasks often are repetative and continuous, but it is easy to have an enjoyable time at work.

What I wish was different

Supervisors have a difficult time training and assisting new employees. Supervisors will rarely learn employees names, since there are so many workers.

Advice

You must be physically fit or willing to put work into this job. Employees are required to lift up to 50 lbs and work without air conditioning in the summer and without heat in the winter.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Sunnyvale, CA

What I liked

Great learning experience to be at a large company and practicing software engineering

What I wish was different

Better mentorship, clearer instructions from management

Advice

Ask more questions
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Account Manager Intern (Wholesale and Manufacturing)

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Corporate experience, company culture, and networking

What I wish was different

Taking more ownership on my intern project

Advice

Take as much as initiation on your intern project, do not box your area, ask help from anyone
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Software Development Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The dogs.

What I wish was different

I wish Seattle were not so expensive.

Advice

Try your hardest and don't be afraid of your plans not working out.
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Package Handler

May - August 2019 • Bristol, CT

What I liked

I worked with my friends so that made it fun and time will go by quick.

What I wish was different

I wish we had more hours.

Advice

Make sure you make friends while at work and it will be better.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

Everyone I worked with was friendly, honest, hardworking and reliable. This dedication to success was inspiring and I enjoyed working there. The intern events were interesting, and it was nice getting the chance to experience living near Seattle.

What I wish was different

My team was a small group of developers in charge of a rapidly growing product, so management was always pretty busy. This didn't leave as much time for one on ones with my manager, or time to speak with senior developers, as I'd have liked. If o could change one thing, I would love to have had more time to speak with the amazing people I worked with there.

Advice

If you're on the fence about interning with Amazon, go for it! You won't regret it. It was an amazing experience that taught me more than I can express in a few paragraphs. Get ready to see your code in action!
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