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Product Design Intern

June - August 2018 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Absolutely loved how open and relaxed the culture was - it almost felt like I wasn't even working, but at the same time was learning the most I have ever learned each and every day. I would be able to come in around 9 or 10, sit and have breakfast with other interns (they have great food on campus - which by the way is free!), and then head to my desk or my first meeting. The work itself I quickly found was fascinating, as an intern, I was still given real work that would be shipped to the public on the Facebook platform and had full autonomy over how I wanted to execute my project. While this could seem intimidating, Facebook made me feel as though I truly was there for a reason and my work really was valued. I also had an incredible support network. I was able to sit right next to my manager and my design mentor (a full-time employee just a couple years older than me), and right across from my manager's manager, so I was able to get constant feedback and mentorship throughout my entire time there. Aside from the work, the food, the campus, and the extravagant employee events and perks were definitely a plus, but the main thing that stuck with me was the person I became while I was there. I found the most creative, collaborative, passionate, overall best version of myself during my summer there, and I could not be more grateful to have had the opportunity to work there.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been longer - I didn't want to leave!

Advice

Don't ever doubt yourself and your ability to learn. For me, my internship was in something I had hardly any experience doing and I wasn't even studying in school. At first, I was a bit unsure of whether I should even be there and if I knew at all what I was doing. However, the longer I was there the more I realized not having confidence in my skills was only limiting my performance and my ability to make an impact. The less I cared about my past experience (or lack thereof) and the more confident I became in myself, the better I became at my job and the more at home I felt working there. Hardly anyone knows what their doing when they come to the job, regardless of any past experience, but the true test is having faith in yourself and being able to learn as you go.
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Software Research Intern

June - September 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Very smart people, nice climate, free snacks, housing taken care of

What I wish was different

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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Great team, great benefits.

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Mature company with great internal tooling. Work was fast paced, but helpful peers made it feasible and enjoyable.

What I wish was different

I wish that the work had played on my strengths and interests a little bit more, but with the number of interns that Facebook hires, I understand that it is not always possible. Furthermore, I also was able to learn new things as a result of this, so maybe it was for the best.

Advice

Be ready to work pretty hard. Hit the ground running, ask a lot of questions and really take ownership.
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Global Operations Intern

May - August 2019 • Austin, TX

What I liked

Lots of control and independence over your work. Got to help prepare Facebook for 2020 elections and look at conspiracies.

What I wish was different

Needed more guidance throughout my internship and a bit more structure

Advice

Things are constantly changing, so be ready to work alongside a moving target.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I really loved my time at Facebook; I was on the Gaming Streaming team working on UI/UX projects.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I was very happy.

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

I liked the fact that I got to work on real projects that were exposed to so many users!

What I wish was different

I wish that my analytical skills were more developed before entering the job.

Advice

Non technical skills such as communication far outweigh the technical skills.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

You have tons of resources available to help you so never hesitate to seek them out. Don't spend too much time trying to solve a blocker yourself - reach out! Literally everyone is willing to spend time out of their day to help you achieve your goals. "Nothing at Facebook is Somebody Else's Problem"
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Company culture, awesome team that worked quickly and knew how to have fun, learned full-stack in a summer and saw all parts of the company

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Content Strategy Intern

May - August 2018 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Interns are treated like full-time employees, and that sense of autonomy was very rewarding. The work itself was absolutely incredible — working on developing a platform with two billion users means that even the smallest details make a huge impact. I also felt extremely lucky to be working on the Social Good team, as it dealt directly with leveraging Facebook's massive scale to do substantial good in the world.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

At Facebook, I was surrounded by arguably some of the most brilliant minds in the world on a daily basis. One might assume that meant that there were a lot of egos rubbing up against each other. However, that couldn't be further from the truth — everyone there was incredibly humble. My coworkers at Facebook taught me that modesty is the most effective value to combine with intelligence. It helps build an innately positive and collaborative environment where truly amazing ideas can be created.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved how well-trained the managers were - I felt like I had such a great time because the company cared so much about making people feel valued.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be sure to ask questions!
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Backend Software Engineer

May - August 2020 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

I loved how often I was able to commit to the codebase and how I was able to have impact as an intern!

What I wish was different

I wished I could have been in person instead of virtual, of course.

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The culture was amazing - Facebook has a well-designed internship program.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been more open to talking & engaging with the FTEs on my team early into my internship.

Advice

Everyone around you is happy to help. Make good connections!
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Product Design Intern

May - August 2017 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

- Amazingly well-organized internship. Incredible events, housing, socialization with other interns. I cannot stress how amazing the benefits are-- completely paid corporate housing, incredible food, and a million other things. You will live in luxury. - 2 weeks of orientation to get new designers up to speed - Incredible autonomy, really dedicated manager - Constant and well-defined feedback

What I wish was different

The only issue I had had nothing to do with the intern program and more to do with Facebook as a company-- it is very much a stress build-things-fast culture, and engineering always comes first, so standing up for yourself as a designer and pushing back / being proactive is crucial. It is a very social company and there are a million meetings. Designers at Facebook don't code so if you want to see your design actually get shipped you have to be able to convince others/constantly build consensus. Most design interns won't see their designs shipped within their internship for this reason.

Advice

Be proactive from the beginning about working with engineers and PMs. Facebook lacks a clear hierarchy and your effectiveness depends on how well you build consensus and reach out to others.
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Product Specialist

June - September 2017 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Facebook has great benefits, and great people! Also, they treat you like an employee as opposed to an intern, and they give you a lot of responsibility.

What I wish was different

Shorter internship, because 3 months was quite a long time.

Advice

Take initiative, and don't be afraid to share your own ideas.
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Product Specialist

June - September 2017 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

The mentorship, product experience, free foods, lots of perks, free housing.

What I wish was different

I wish I'd spent more time hanging with fellow interns outside of work.

Advice

NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK. Ask for help. Come prepared to meetings.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

They gave the interns many of the benefits of a full time employee . I did Facebook University for Enginners which is a great pipeline program that I would recommend for frosh and sophomores interested in software engineering. I loved the experience I got working with new tools and in a new environment.

What I wish was different

I wish I had met more full time employee and while I worked there but I did get the chance to meet my manager and some of his coworkers.

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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2017 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Very good mentorship, and extraordinary coworkers.

What I wish was different

I wish they would have told me the nature of my project beforehand.

Advice

Make sure you go in with an open mind to learn, and not be scared of making mistakes.
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Data Analytics Intern

June - August 2017 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Facebook is a fantastic company to work for. It has a very open but fast-paced working environment where you learn a lot from the best in the industry and get the chance to apply your skills to solutions that affect hundreds of millions of people. The employee benefits are great too.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to work there.

Advice

Go for it with an open mind and positive attitude. Make sure you get some rest in-between school and the internship so that you start with a lot of energy. Keep your concentration up and take time to review your performance regularly and rest when necessary.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Challenging and engaging work as well as an open and collaborative culture!

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