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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2020 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

The internship project was very structured with specific milestones and suggested deadlines. I really liked the team I worked with as well. They were knowledgeable and always willing to help - it was easy to work with them.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had the chance to intern at the physical campus instead of being remote.

Advice

Put in the effort and you will gain a lot from the internship. Be sure to communicate early if you face any blockers so that your manager / peers can help you out.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Good working environment and team culture

What I wish was different

Not very stable development tools

Advice

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Software Engineering

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The openness of the company and how that impacts how much you are able to learn about the industry and the company beyond your team and position

What I wish was different

I wish it would have been in person, but they did an amazing job of adapting the experience given the circustamces

Advice

I would say to take advantages of all the events and resources that are offered outside of work hours
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2020 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

Fast paced, great opportunities to show impact and learn. Enough structure but enough hands off also.

What I wish was different

More choice regarding team selection.

Advice

Facebook is all about delivering impact, keep that in mind if you want a return.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved my team. They were fun and and my manager was very supportive.

What I wish was different

I wish meeting new people wasn't this awkward, but remote work has its limitations.

Advice

Don't wait to reach out until the end.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

I was an intern through FBU, so I really liked that it was flexible and that we were able to work closely with other students.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineer Intern

June - September 2019 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

It was a fantastic work environment, good pay, a relevant project that made made me feel like I was meaningfully contributing, paid for my corporate housing in addition to salary, and had tons of perks. Perks include $350 dollar wellness benefit, $25 per week per person to a social event that you plan with 3 other employees, a $350 rideshare/bike purchase credit, semi-weekly intern events (like taking all interns to Blake Island for a day).

What I wish was different

There isn't much that I would change besides having housing slightly closer to the office.

Advice

Ask all the questions you can and stay on top of your work. Facebook has a very structured performance assessment and its up to you to keep up to date on your performance. They help, but it should be a weekly conversation with your manager.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2020 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

My team at Facebook was extremely helpful and very flexible.

What I wish was different

Unfortunately, the pandemic forced me to do a virtual internship, which takes away from the experience.

Advice

Talk to your manager often. Don't stop asking questions just because they seem simple.
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Product Design Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed how open-ended my project was, and how much I was able to contribute not only for my project, but also for other designers' work. I enjoyed being treated like all the other employees - attending daily standups and weekly meetings to know what everyone else was working on, and going to design critiques like all the other designers. My manager was always down to offer support when I needed it, and I genuinely liked all the people on my team. And obviously, all the perks are amazing (pretty much free food, housing, and transportation).

What I wish was different

I wish I'd had a bit more guidance in the beginning, especially since onboarding in a large company can be intimidating, and it feels weird to do anything that might upset the established workflows.

Advice

Have faith in your own work and do what's necessary for you to move forward - whether it's reaching out to your manager, switching gears, and talking to other folks.
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Front End Engineer Intern

June - September 2020 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

It was great learning about so many tools, especially from the people who developed it (I got to work right in the React org, which was such an awesome learning experience.) I had an extremely impactful project that reached end-users and got me to collaborate with engineers from different teams.

What I wish was different

There was an extremely high pressure to perform well and produce a lot of work. There wasn’t much intern community building beyond weekly meetings with our usual pod of interns and some events the first 1-2 weeks.

Advice

Frequently ask your managers and team peers for feedback about your performance.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Menlo Park, CA

What I liked

People on my teams are extremely helpful and resourceful, available to unblock me whenever I have questions or am stuck. We hosted a virtual happy hour every two weeks. I learned a lot of technical skills, specifically on how to handle massive systems and execute them precisely, error-free but also, keep the speed very fast for consumer-purpose. The company as a whole is very transparent, and the executives hosted a series of Q&A sections for interns to learn about the company, the missions, the obstacles and the vision.

What I wish was different

I would love more human interactions, but given the current pandemic situation, that might be the best we could do.

Advice

For students who want to join big corporations, the easiest way is to get an internship and convert that into a return offer. Getting a new grad offer directly is much more difficult to get an interview and to pass it. (for the case of Facebook, I need to pass two interviews to get an internship, while for new grad, it would be 5 interviews).
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Interesting work and good mentor ship on top of fantastic pay. There was a lot to like interning for Facebook, and they made the transition to remote painless.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in person. I did not get to experience all the Facebook events and benefits that comes with in-office work.

Advice

Start early on your project. Take it seriously. The payoff is huge.
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