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Amazon

Area Manager Intern

June - July 2020 • Miami, FL

What I liked

It was great because I learned a lot about how an Amazon warehouse works from the inside.

What I wish was different

I would have liked for the internship to be a little bit longer to get more experience.

Advice

It is a lot of work, but you learn a lot about supply chain and operations.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

July - September 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Utilizing all the various services at Amazon, participating in team discussions and getting insights into the company, and actually working on a non-trivial project.

What I wish was different

That it wasn't actually virtual (although it couldn't be helped due to the pandemic of course) because i had to learn so many new things on my own. Of course I could always ask my team for help but it's not the same as just asking someone next to you if you were in the office. I think the virtual nature wouldn't be as bad had I been working in the industry for a while, but since I'm just an intern, it did have quite a few drawbacks.

Advice

Never be afraid to ask for help and/or feedback on how you are currently performing, as it is the best indicator of your current status regarding a return offer (if that is your goal). Ask a lot of questions, especially in the beginning, so your goals are clear and you and your employers expectations are properly set.
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shopper Amazon

July 2018 • Lynnwood, WA

What I liked

good hourly pay, but learn nothing

What I wish was different

internal transfer

Advice

it is a flexible job, earn some extra money while at school
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DevOps Engineer

June 2018 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

The experience and mentorship

What I wish was different

Faster ramp up for project details

Advice

Don’t be afraid to excel
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Order Filler

June - August 2020 • Austin, TX

What I liked

I could create my own schedule

What I wish was different

The managment

Advice

Dont assume amazon cares about you
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Packer

July - August 2020 • St. Peters, MO

What I liked

I liked the community of people that I worked with. The environment was also fast paced, so time would pass quickly whenever I worked.

What I wish was different

I wish that the management had been a little different. There wasn't any room for errors, that kind of pressure made many of the employees feel belittled and defeated.

Advice

It was physically demanding job. Wear a back brae and arch supporting shoes!
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Accounting Intern

June - September 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Salary was great, as well as the relocation bonus Amazon gave us. We still got the relocation bonus even though we interned virtually due to COVID. I obviously liked the fact that Amazon didn’t cancel the internship, and kept it a 12-week internship as previously accorded. I also liked how Amazon gave us real meaningful projects, which really impacted the company and the accounting organization.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been in person, but we all know this was not possible due to COVID. I did miss the human interaction part, and I think that made the internship a bit more challenging. Also, I wish my project was more focused on operational accounting or technical accounting, rather than in project management.

Advice

Amazon is a very different and peculiar company. It is unlike anything you have seen or heard before. That being said, people are there to help you. Amazon assigns mentors to every intern, which is great. Do take advantage of your mentor, your buddy, as well as your manage. Ask for help. People understand you’re an intern and you probably have no clue what you are doing or should be doing. It will take you some time, or at least it took me some time, to adjust to Amazon’s fast paced culture. It’s normal, and it’s totally fine.
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Warehouse Process Assistant

November 2018 • Jacksonville, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed the fast paced business setting and many opportunities I got to learn and promote.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't wait until you finish school until you start your employment. Having real life experiences to link school material with while learning it is a great way to grasp the material.
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warehouse shopper

May - August 2020 • Mundelein, IL

What I liked

I loved that it was relatively easy to pick up shifts and get them taken.

What I wish was different

The job would’ve been more enjoyable if COVID weren’t a thing.

Advice

Work hard and the time will pass by fast. Show up and do your job and it’ll be rewarding in the end.
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Customer Service Representative

June - August 2020 • San José, San José

What I liked

It was a good opportunity to develop more interpersonal skills and communication

What I wish was different

I wish it was in person instead of remote because teamwork is easier when you have the opportunity to share face to face

Advice

I learned to be patient with clients and to listen actively to other necessities. It was also a great opportunity to develop a solution-oriented mentality.
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Associate

May 2020 - July 2021 • Monee, IL

What I liked

Everyday there was something different

What I wish was different

Easier opportunities to learn more things.

Advice

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Operations Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Everyone in the company was super kind and helpful! Always willing to set up a meeting, answer a question, or point you in the direction of someone who may know more. Learned a lot on the job, no pre-work necessary for the internship. They had tons of great resources for you to learn new skills. Gave lots of flexibility and ability for you to learn and grow in whatever way you wanted.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach out to people!
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AWS sales internship

June - September 2020 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

I really enjoy working and networking in such a big company, I loved learning about cloud services and how impactful enterprises can be for small and medium businesses.

What I wish was different

Because of COVID-19, I was unable to go to the headquarters. I wish I could, I still was able to go to their offices in Atlanta.

Advice

Be ready to speak up and network. Especially in an online environment, you need to take the initiative and manage your time properly to meet the deadlines and exceed expectations to standout.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

The team I was in for the internship is absolutely amazing. The manager is really caring, and was giving feedback each week. My mentor did a great job to direct me during my internship project. Although I made a mistake which caused a sev-2, the manager is kind enough to give me chance to correct my mistake, and gives me a return offer after the internship.

What I wish was different

I wish I will be more caring about my project, as I caused a small trouble during my internship. But it is a great experience to correct your mistake overall.

Advice

Do your own research before asking questions to the manager and the mentor. They are busy, especially during this special time, the COVID19 makes the communication a lot harder, but make sure to speak up when you cannot handle the problem on your own. But the most important thing is, you need to enjoy your work, and learn from your mistake.
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Box Sorter

June 2020 • Brooklyn Park, MN

What I liked

The managers, the shift length, just showed up and did my job and left. Nice and simple.

What I wish was different

Less strict on listening to music

Advice

Just do your job, work hard, don’t slack off. They’ll take notice.
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Delivery

March - August 2020 • Milford, MA

What I liked

How efficient the process for delivering packages was throughout the day.

What I wish was different

That it wouldn't have been so stressful

Advice

Dont get overwhelmed with the workload. Someone will help you out if you are behind
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Amazon Shopper

May - July 2020 • Rocky River, OH

What I liked

I liked how we were able to make our own schedules and pick hours that worked best for us.

What I wish was different

I wish the scheduling process was easier since we were only given a 5-10 minute interval to sign up for shifts.

Advice

Take advantage of the relationships you build with your other coworkers.
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Program Manager Intern

May - November 2020 • Arlington County, VA

What I liked

I discovered how innovation is created in the tech industry firsthand. My team was very supportive of a few initiatives that I was spearheading and it was a very welcoming culture.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Area Manager Intern

June - July 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I really loved the virtual lectures I attended with Amazonian speakers. I also liked how I was able to connect with other college students who were also interning for various positions and create bonds with them, so I would say the people I encountered was probably my favorite part about this internship experience.

What I wish was different

I wish there was a bit more clarity between the Amazon staff and the student interns. Sometimes, interns felt in the dark about what to expect (i.e. the shipping of equipment). Other than that, I can't think of anything else that I wish would have been done differently.

Advice

I would say prepared to go with the flow. Anything could happen at any moment, you just have to know how to tap into your adaptability and flexibility skills.
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Warehouse Associate

September 2020 • Chino, CA

What I liked

In the crazy times we have now, it's nice to be able to get out of the house and do something. Not being all cooped up.

What I wish was different

I wish there was better communication between managers because one will say one thing and the others will all say something else from that.

Advice

The training at first is overwhelming, but if you just keep practicing and looking through handbooks and videos it becomes super easy. Also don't be afraid to talk to people and ask questions.
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