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Fannie Mae

Finance Transformation and Data Intern

June - July 2020 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Fannie Mae is a very diverse and inclusive company, and that is evident from the very first day. I enjoy being part of an organization that is so proactive and being kept up-to-date in what is happening in our society. Everyone at Fannie Mae is super welcoming and helpful. You discuss and work out what you want to get out of the internship and what you would like to see throughout the summer. You are able to network with tons of people and learn about the different teams throughout the company. I also really like the benefits interns receive and the opportunity to be offered a full-time position.

What I wish was different

My experience was great. I would have loved for it to be in-person so that I could connect more with other interns, but I wouldn't say that it was impossible to meet with them virtually.

Advice

Be work-hungry. Always ask your team members if they need help with anything or if there is something you can take off their plate. Take advantage of all the side trainings and learning modules Fannie Mae and the Future Housing Leaders (FHL) program provides. There is always something new to learn, so stay busy. Reach out and connect with employees in departments different from yours. Learn what other teams do since there is a possibility to apply to Fannie Mae full-time after your internship with a team different from what you had during the summer.
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Business Analyst Intern

June - August 2021 • Washington, DC

What I liked

good people and a great work-life balance

What I wish was different

The content of my work wasn't quite what I was expecting, but that was due to a very unusual situation that was not the fault of my employer

Advice

Consider working for Fannie Mae or in the mortgage industry in general
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Analytics Intern

June - August 2021 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I enjoyed every aspect of this internship, from my internship cohort to my final presentation/project. Being able to work at a company that plays such a large role in our country chasing our vision of making home ownership possible for everyone. With the magnitude of the role that this company plays, the projects and work I was assigned did not ever feel like busy work, but it in fact felt like work that would make a difference in someone else's life. The training was amazing as well having mentors educate me on the secondary mortgage market and technical skills for data analysis like SQL, R, Python, and BI tools.

What I wish was different

I have no complaints and can't wish anything else were to have been different aside from being remote. Although I wished I got the full office experience, it is nice knowing that I am able to complete my work in a timely manner from the comfort of my own home if offices still choose to stay closed.

Advice

One piece of advice that I could offer will be to reach out to as many people as you can. Whether that be individuals in your division/team or in a different division, everyone at Fannie Mae is always willing to speak to you about anything and it could also be beneficial in bolstering ones network of finding a different career interest within Fannie Mae that may interest you more.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2021 • Reston, VA

What I liked

They were very supportive of interns and had lots of events

What I wish was different

Advice

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Human Resources Intern

June - July 2020 • Washington, DC

What I liked

The organization truly fosters a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. Even virtually, everyone is so friendly and went out of their way to make me feel like I am a member of the team. They encouraged me to ask questions and engage with as many people as I could. I was also offered many opportunities to contribute my skills and knowledge within my team. I would recommend interning with Fannie Mae to anyone looking to learn, grow, and develop skills that will benefit your future endeavors.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities to connect with other interns in my cohort. It was hard to meet other interns in a virtual environment. Other than that, my experience was great and one that I will forever be grateful for.

Advice

Try to connect and network with as many people as you can. These connections can be meaningful in your future endeavors. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. There are so many smart and talented employees within the organization who are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
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Finance Intern

May - August 2019 • Plano, TX

What I liked

The internship program allowed for great exposure and provided great development and networking opportunity. My team was great and very hands-on. They definitely prepare you for a full time role and typically recruit from the internship program for entry level roles.

What I wish was different

It would be nice to have more options for the areas to intern under.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions, be proactive with networking and projects. Try to learn as much as possible about the different groups and teams around you.
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Business Operations Intern

June - July 2020 • Plano, TX

What I liked

I had such an amazing experience interning for Fannie Mae this summer! Even though everything was online, I still connected with my team and did meaningful work for them. Everyone I met in the company was very kind, more than willing to talk to me about their experiences, and full of wisdom and advice for my next steps as a college senior. Even though I was only there for 6 weeks, I really did feel like a part of Fannie Mae throughout my time there.

What I wish was different

Obviously, I wish I could have had my internship in person, but with everything going on in the world, I’m just lucky I still had a job to get experience at.

Advice

Networking is key!! One of the reasons I enjoyed my internship experience so much was that I was proactive in setting up time with my team members and reaching out to organizations in the company I was interested in learning about and setting up time with people there.
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Human Resources Intern

June 2020 • Washington, DC

What I liked

The employees at Fannie Mae are extremely supportive and allow you to make the internship what you want it to be. I was nervous when the internship was moved online because of COVID-19, but it has exceeded my expectations. The team assigns me meaningful projects, values my opinion, and provides me with opportunities to explore things I am interested in. I especially enjoy the executive speaker series where the interns get to hear from top management in the company.

What I wish was different

I wish this internship could have been in person and longer. I have learned so much in the short 6 weeks and would have loved to be even more hands on.

Advice

Make the most out of it. Every person that I have reached out to has been more than happy to chat for 30 minutes and tell me about their experience at Fannie Mae. Every meeting and person I have talked to has provided me with something new, whether it was advice about someone to talk to, more knowledge about Fannie Mae, or a fun conversation. Don't be scared to make connections.
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Marketing Intern

June - July 2020 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Amazing company culture and leadership.

What I wish was different

Although my experience was remote due to covid-19, Fannie Mae made the virtual internship program extremely beneficial and rewarding. I wouldn't change a thing!

Advice

Be very intentional with your time. Get to know everyone you work with on more than just a basic networking level. The people at Fannie Mae are amazing and you can learn so much from them!
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Risk Management Intern

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Learned a lot being in the center of real estate

What I wish was different

Red tape, pace of work was SO slow

Advice

It’s a great learning opportunity, especially for your 1st or 2nd year summer but be prepared for a very slow work environment, and a lot of red tape.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

Pay was good for my year, smart teammates.

What I wish was different

Unstructured internship program. Didn’t have a project or much to do or contribute.

Advice

You’ll need to take initiative and seek out work.
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IT Administrator

January - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

Work Environment

What I wish was different

Advice

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Operations Analyst Intern

June - August 2019 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

The company culture and benefits are amazing. Everyone is extremely welcoming and genuinely wants to see you succeed. I was able to learn more about the company, develop my technical skills, and become a more effective communicator. I was able to work on a variety of projects and I was able to see the direct impact of my work. The program was very flexible and allowed me to shadow multiple teams to learn more about different areas within the company.

What I wish was different

Nothing, loved every part of it.

Advice

Be your own advocate and communicate openly with your manager. If there is something that interests you, let them know and they will help you learn more about it and get exposure in that area. Don't be afraid to ask questions, everyone is there to help you. Network and get to know as many people as possible.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

The company culture is great and the people are super nice and helpful.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more intern events to get to know other interns better.

Advice

Try to attend as many event as possible and really benefit from those.
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Risk Management Intern

June - July 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

It's a great open and friendly working environment where all your peers are very helpful and willing to mentor you or answer questions.

What I wish was different

Matching skills/interests with my role.

Advice

Reach out to as many people as possible and network around the company because it's definitely helpful in the long run to know more people if you want to stay within this company
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Information Security Intern

June - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

Networking with other teams and being led by multiple managers. Getting real world experience of what the day-to-day is like in the office and having the opportunity to work with team members and learn from them personally. We had access to many resources that assisted our personal development and technical training.

What I wish was different

I wish I was given an ongoing technical project. Because of the department I was assigned there wasn't a chance to get much hands-on technical experience. More training for interns and rotating between teams to get more exposure.

Advice

Take charge of your 10 weeks, it goes by fast. Talk to people on your team and venture out, be open with your manager. No one will walk you through every step of the way, so you have to get what you want out of it.
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Engineering Manager Intern

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I really appreciated the fact that my team trusted in my abilities to complete the tasks at hand. Although I was very new, I had a lot of independent work that was required to be completed by a specific deadline. My team gave me the space to try and figure things out on my own, but they made to sure to always help whenever necessary.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't become overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility and independence you are given. Just manage your time and make sure to ask questions whenever you are uncertain. The full-time employees want to help and see you succeed!
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College Intern, DevOps Engineer

June - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

My colleagues sought to challenge and engage me from day 1. I have developed many skills applicable to more than just this internship. My colleagues were all very intelligent and willing to share knowledge with me at any time. This experience has been very valuable to me. The benefits Fannie Mae offers are a big plus as well. We had many guest executive speaker events for only interns as well as other intern activities such as going to a Nationals baseball game.

What I wish was different

Advice

10 weeks goes by faster than you think. Be ready to learn on day 1 in order to make the most out of this experience. Do not be afraid to contribute.
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Human Resources Intern

June 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I love the environment and the people. The atmosphere is professional, but casual at the same time. They offer several opportunities to learn new things, even if it isn't within your department. You really have the ability to add to your resume and make yourself more marketable. Great learning experience! Would recommend to anyone looking for a robust internship experience.

What I wish was different

Absolutely loved my experience and wouldn't change a thing.

Advice

Put yourself out there and network with everyone you meet. Always be positive and kind to those who are taking the time to meet you. They really do want you to take this as a learning experience and to get you out of your comfort zone. It is all what you make out of it at the end.
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Finance Business Analytics Intern

June - August 2018 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Gave me exposure to economics and finance and using data analytics in this area.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more opportunity to apply the skills I have learned in ORF to the job.

Advice

A great experience, especially after sophomore year. I would tell any other interns to push for projects that really interest them and ones where they can highlight their skills.
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