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Amazon

Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Amazon Internships usually are two types: relatively easy or crazy difficult. Mine was the latter. However, the best part of this internship is that I learn a whole lot. I got to design and develop a full stack system and became an AWS expert. It was a valuable experience just for the amount of knowledge I was able to acquire.

What I wish was different

The work could have been less stressful so that I actually get to enjoy the other aspects of the internship. I felt like I was grinding a whole lot because the project was so big that I had to spend extra time to work on it otherwise I may not finish by the end of the internship. I did not get to explore Seattle and etc as much because of this.

Advice

To do well on your internship, make sure you have good communication with your mentor and manager. Does not matter if things are going well or not going well, make sure you update them on the progress and never hesitate to ask questions.
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Financial Analyst

June - August 2021 • Rossford, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to work with different teams and master the role, since due to a management shift I was the only finance point of contact for a new site with thousands of employees.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have gone directly to the full-time role rather than having one year left to graduate.

Advice

Being willing to proactively learn and ask questions is how you will succeed. You can't prepare for every possible issue or situation, only how you adapt and act afterwards. So focus less on how it should go and more on being ready to adapt and learn based on the situation.
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Product Design Engineer Intern

June - August 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I had full jurisdiction over my own project that the company fully planned to use. My manager and coworkers were great resources for me as I worked on my project and developed work skills.

What I wish was different

I wish I had asked more questions right from the start.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions. You're not expected to know everything; that's the point of an internship. Also take full advantage of as many resources as possible and network to learn more about the company, career paths, advice, etc.
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Human Resources Assistant

June 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

With Amazon in general, I found that there was a lot of opportunities presented in terms of experiencing different functions of the department and it seemingly had plenty of promotion opportunities. The benefits were comprehensive and there were many resources to try my hand at trying to apply at different roles and departments with Amazon. It also looks great on your resume so it provides for good exit opportunities. Being remote was a huge plus. No need to waste time, money, and other resources on the commute. It takes off a huge burden. Office politics are mitigated due to the fact that you're remote. For how big Amazon is, it is very fast moving and very receptive to changing things. It is a big machine but if changes need to be made and you make a solid enough case with support backed up, higher ups will take a close look at it.

What I wish was different

There is a constant revolving door. With how big and fast-paced Amazon is, I constantly felt burned out. Workload was excessive to the point where it was denigrating to my mental health. Competition within Amazon is fierce, so though there is a plenty of opportunities, unless you are a top-performer, opportunities are not easy to come by. This is further exacerbated by the fact that your performance is rarely something that you can control and often influenced by external factors. Working at Amazon comes with many of the detriments that working at a big company comes with. Resources are plenty but rarely feels like they're approachable as you cannot speak with HR personnel directly but rather through automated systems. Burn out is super real. Every hour, every minute, down to every second is accounted for and your productivity is monitored and if it is not up to par, corrective action will be swift. The workload makes it seem like you are to perform like a robot rather than a human.

Advice

Be prepared for a cutthroat, fiercely competitive, and high workload with little break environment. Amazon is known for squeezing every ounce out of their employees and that notion doesn't come out of thin air. It is absolutely real. I spent many weekends paralyzed by the dread of the work week coming up. If you are able to hack through the high-octane environment though, it will look amazing on your resume and there are plenty of opportunities to be had and benefits to be gained if you just stick it through. Just be mentally prepared for what you sign up for.
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Amazon Associate

November 2020 - August 2021 • Tracy, CA

What I liked

The work schedule and hours.

What I wish was different

The managers.

Advice

Use your PTO wisely.
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Warehouse Associate

May - July 2021 • Hagerstown, MD

What I liked

The pay

What I wish was different

How long the shifts were. Would have liked more time to sit down. More exciting tasks.

Advice

The harder you work, the quicker time goes by.
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Warehouse Associate

March 2021 • Milford, MA

What I liked

Flexible schedules and time off availability. They also had chances to be trained in different areas of the warehouse.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared for physical labor.
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Area Manager Intern

June - August 2021 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to receive an operations experience while meeting other interns and leaders in the industry.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to interact with the senior management.

Advice

Be ready to stand! Wear comfortable shoes.
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Sofware Engineer Development Intern

May - August 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Lots of help and resources. Learned a ton.

What I wish was different

I wish I had had more guidance at times.

Advice

Talk to as many people as you can during your internship, a great way to network and meet smart people.
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Client Lead Recruiter Intern

May - August 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

A great team environment and a lot of help was offered throughout the process; great experience being in a new city

What I wish was different

I would have hoped for a better onboarding process.

Advice

Always reach out to your mentor, onboarding buddy, manager, or team when you need help. Everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand and they want to see you suceed
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Software Developer Intern

June - September 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

They were flexible and gave us the opportunity to choose between a hybrid and remote.

What I wish was different

Despite picking hybrid, the team I was assigned to was remote for the most part. I do feel like that aspect would be a bit better to know ahead of time so that I do not have to worry about choosing a location close to HQ that would make my commuter easier and quicker.

Advice

If you are struggling, actually ask for help. If outside factors are impacting your work performance, mention it so that they can understand what is going on.
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Solution Architect Intern

June - September 2021 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

I liked the work culture and how everyone was very welcoming. They also emphasize their leadership principles and live and breath them

What I wish was different

I do not wish anything was different, I enjoyed my time and Amazon

Advice

1) Go in open minded. 2) Getting a FAANG (Big Tech) Internship itself is hard, but never quite applying and always try to improve yourself and better your brand
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Software Development Engineer Intern

June - September 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved my team! All of the people I met were super kind and helpful. I learned so much technical and soft skills throughout the 3 months there in Seattle. It was also hybrid so I get to visit the office often and meet other interns!

What I wish was different

Advice

For those first time interning in another city, develop a schedule and make sure to balance your work-personal life!
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Area Manager Intern

May - July 2021 • New Castle, DE

What I liked

I enjoyed learning the ins and outs of operations at a delivery station. The other operations managers were great to work with and I learned a lot about the industry and future opportunities with Amazon. I was in charge of measuring productivity rates and learned how to effectively communicate with all levels of management. I created and developed a mentorship training program to improve overall productivity, quality, and safety while also increasing retention rates. Everyone was always willing to take time to talk about my project, college, and my future career in supply chain.

What I wish was different

Although I loved only having to work four, 10-hour days, I was working partially night shifts. My hours were 2:30 AM to 12:30 PM and it was difficult switching back and forth on the weekends. Although it was difficult waking up at 1 in the morning, I enjoyed seeing the operation from start to end and all of the steps in between.

Advice

One of Amazon's principles is "Learn and Be Curious". Don't be afraid to ask questions and get advice from all levels of employees. I learned the most from this internship just by putting myself out there and picking people's brains instead of standing back and being told what to do. I also learned the most from this internship than any business class I've taken. I was able to make connections and received an excellent review to get the full-time offer.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2021 • Irvine, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Experience really depends on what team you are on, and no way to really influence team matching

Advice

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UX Designer Intern

June - August 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Opportunity for ownership and big impact on intern projects.

What I wish was different

More mentorship and guidance for interns.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions and speak up when you are confused or have something to contribute!
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Software Development Engineer Intern

June - September 2021 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I really liked my team and being able to work on a meaningful, impactful project.

What I wish was different

I wish my team had been a little more clear about aspects of my project from the start.

Advice

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Area Manager

June - August 2021 • North Randall, OH

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask questions! The internship includes a lot of data and numbers, which can get very confusing when learning about for the first time. Don't be afraid to reach out to managers and employees, ask questions in order to learn more, and be curious! This will also help when completing the final project.
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Seller Partner Support

June - August 2021 • Cape Charles, VA

What I liked

The pay and hours were great. I really enjoyed both.

What I wish was different

I wish it wasn’t located in certain areas of the United States of America.

Advice

Just take it one day at a time. And enjoy my the ride.
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Area Manager Intern

May - July 2021 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Everyone was so friendly and helpful! They all wanted me to do well during the internship.

What I wish was different

The direction and planning of what an intern should do could've been clearer.

Advice

Be ready to learn CONSTANTLY
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