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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

My team was able to bring a project through from design to implementation to testing. We were able to work with a wide range of different technologies that are applicable beyond the Amazon programming ecosystem. I learned a lot this summer!

What I wish was different

My location — I was unfortunately placed in my last choice location.

Advice

Take this opportunity to make mistakes and ask questions so you can learn as much as possible! The mentors and managers want you to succeed and will do everything they can to help you make your internship worthwhile.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Great work culture Interesting project Awesome people

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't forget to have fun :)
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Campus Ready Associate

June 2018 • Lubbock, TX

What I liked

My favorite thing about working at Amazon are my co-workers. They always manage to make work fun and make it feel like we aren't actually working. Every time I come into work I am actually excited to go because of my co-workers.

What I wish was different

I wish I was off on the weekends. I use to work on campus before I got this job and I was always off on the weekends. So it was kind of huge adjustment that I work basically every day of the week.

Advice

One piece of advice I can about this experience is to make it known that you want a job by going up there and trying to talk to the manager. The more face time you are able to get the better the chance they will hire you.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - July 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Amazon has a great design process for engineering products that is centered around detailed document writing. It was a great skill to learn. My project was challenging yet doable and provided experience that would help a full time hire hit the ground running. The work-life balance was very good.

What I wish was different

Advice

You have a lot of control and say over what you think is doable and how high you set your goals. Establish clear milestones with dates and set the bar high.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Intern events, large company environment and plenty of opportunities to meet new people.

What I wish was different

Better corporate housing and more intern events.

Advice

Explore the city!
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SDE Intern

May - July 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Loved working with extremely talented and amazing people. Made meaningful contributions to the service.

What I wish was different

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Challenging, big company and tech industry experience, lots of exposure to best practices and how agile development works in teams and company settings and the setting (Seattle) was awesome to explore

What I wish was different

I wish I was given more to prepare for the tools I'd be using at the start of the internship. It was a bit of a learning curve.

Advice

Take your internship seriously from start to finish, and be smart about things. Ask questions often but make sure you've done your due diligence in trying everything before asking it.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Very supportive team and a really interesting project. Amazon did a fantastic job making the internship enjoyable, from the work, to after-work activities, and to housing and travel arrangements.

What I wish was different

I couldn't have wished for much more.

Advice

Try to get ahead of your project as quickly as possible and make it a point to seek feedback. I also found it helpful to document what I wanted to do, and what I accomplished, on a day-to-day basis.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Irvine, CA

What I liked

Great amount of opportunity, but get ready to work hard to be successful. There is a great support network but you have to put in effort. Amazon rewards effort handsomely.

What I wish was different

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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Great learning experience. I got to work with cutting edge technologies on AWS Lambda. I also had pretty good flexibility in terms of work and I loved to explore Seattle as a city.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more guidance initially as there was a huge learning curve for my project specifically

Advice

It's ok to not know something. Ask questions
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

- interesting tech stack - room built into internship to learn new technologies

What I wish was different

- didn't feel like project was very impactful - diversity and inclusion at Amazon are subpar (e.g. maybe 5 women engineers total in 70-engineer org, and almost no engineers that are not white or Asian)

Advice

- good internship experience if you're interested in learning about specific technologies, but bad company culture, especially for underrepresented groups
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

New technologies, passionate people.

What I wish was different

Not much free food or amenities like in other big tech companies.

Advice

Ask for feedback regularly.
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Customer service intern

September 2017 • Tallahassee, FL

What I liked

It is virtual so I am able to work at my apt which is great and it's nice helping people.

What I wish was different

Change hours from night to morning

Advice

Great opp. Definitely work here if you want to help others.
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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

All the interns were housed together so the social experience was prime. Seattle also offered a lot of activities to do after work and on the weekends.

What I wish was different

Although the people on my team were fantastic, I wasn't very passionate about my team's product. I wish I had been placed on a team of my choice. One criticism I have of Amazon is the HR process is very obscure.

Advice

Your team, especially the people and work you do, is perhaps the most important factor of whether you enjoy your job or not. Find a team whose work you enjoy and a manager and mentor who will support you.
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Sales Ops Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved the versatility, and ability to talk to people from other teams whether it was within my org or outside. I loved that my management invested so heavily into my professional development, giving me challenging projects to stretch my realm of knowledge.

What I wish was different

I wish that this program was a little more structured from the University Recruiting side - they were disorganized, often didn't answer or gave incorrect answers to big questions.

Advice

Have an open mind. Amazonians believe STRONGLY in their leadership principles, and talk about them every day in every context. They also thrive in ambiguity: this could be with roles, projects, direction of the business; the most important part is to be flexible and to be hungry to learn.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Learned a lot

What I wish was different

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The company and the city

What I wish was different

The corporate housing.

Advice

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Financial Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Amazon gave me great insight into working in corporate finance at a tech company. Everyone was so intelligent and willing to help. The hours were great and HR worked well with interns too.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was more choice on team placement. I chose to be under Retail but ended up working on the Transaction Risk Management Service team for digital products.

Advice

Amazon encourages self-service. While everyone is always willing to help, I liked having the responsibility of owning one project from beginning to end entirely by myself.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2017 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Working on real customer-facing projects

What I wish was different

I wish it had been longer

Advice

Put in the hours necessary to get your project done
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The offices were dog friendly :)

What I wish was different

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