Amazon interns from across the globe share their experiences of Amazon's virtual summer internship and its countless opportunities


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Amazon hosted 8,000+ interns in a virtual summer internship

Amazon hosted 8,000+ interns in a virtual summer internship

 August 13, 2020

Amazon welcomed its largest intern class during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 8,000 interns from 37 countries.

Amazon created a virtual program to prioritize the health and safety of its intern while offering useful experience working with Amazonians around the world.

Here we meet some of Amazon's interns from around the world and learn about their experiences with Amazon.


A strong sense of team unity

Team building and social bonding are key to a positive internship experience at Amazon.

Without the benefit of face-to-face interactions, Amazonians developed virtual events such as Chime groups, coffee chats, and further ways to stay connected while working remotely - all with input from their interns.

Michelle Leal, a LATAM Amazon Web Services (AWS) field marketing intern working from São Paulo, feels a strong sense of unity with her team, and has taken advantage of the virtual executive speaker series and fireside chats with senior leaders at Amazon. She says that these events have been great for professional development, as well as for meeting and networking with interns outside of her own direct team.

Michelle (pictured above) made it her goal to work at Amazon. "It is actually like living a dream to me, and I am really grateful for this opportunity. Amazon is the kind of company I want to stay at for many years."


Collaborating on key projects

Cidnei Rucker women

Cidnei Rucker, an intern on the inbound demand generation sales team at AWS working remotely from Atlanta, Georgia has also built a strong community while collaborating on important projects, including sales presentations.

"The internship has been a breath of fresh air during the chaos of 2020," said Cidnei. "My favorite part has been connecting with people within the AWS community. Whether it's attending a speaker series, hopping on a Chime with my peers or emailing AWS hires for advice, everyone has been open and willing to support my success as an intern."

In addition to connecting with their colleagues virtually, Amazon interns adapted to working remotely in creative ways such as by using their commuting time to exercise, taking regular music breaks, and designating comfortable workspaces.


A 'Day One' mindset

At Amazon, employees are obsessed with innovating for their customers and always keeping a Day One mindset.

Innovating can be ambiguous, so Amazon looks for candidates who are curious, comfortable with change, and able to make high-judgment decisions.

Rameen Malik Amazon

As an engineering and law student, Rameen Malik was interested in the intersection between technology and the law and was looking for an opportunity that could engage both those sides.

"Amazon provided me exactly that," said Rameen, a public policy intern for APAC and Japan. "My favorite part of my internship so far was being a part of the new Robotics FC launch in Western Sydney. I had the opportunity to witness a press conference involving some truly inspirational female leaders, including Karen Andrews, Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, and Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian."

Rameen enjoyed the communities she found during her time at Amazon. "I have thoroughly enjoyed Amazon's affinity groups, especially Asians@Amazon and Amazon Women in Engineering. They provide safe spaces where we can talk about the issues affecting our communities and take tangible action to address them."


Solving real problems for customers

Isha Brown Amazon

Isha Brown, a student intern from Western Governors University, has spent her internship learning the ins and outs of AWS as a business operations intern.

She was first drawn to Amazon after watching a video of Jeff Bezos speaking about Customer Obsession, one of Amazon's Leadership Principles.

For Isha, one of the most rewarding aspects of her internship has been seeing her commitment to Amazon's Leadership Principles support business development.

"I'm working on a project to optimize demand fulfillment in Data Centers, and it's allowed me the opportunity to learn about infrastructure," she said. "I'm proud of how my intern project is coming along and know that it's being used by the team to solve problems for our customers."


Gaining fresh perspectives on projects

Sahej Amazon

Sahej Arora was also inspired to apply to Amazon because of a particular leadership principle: Insist on the Highest Standards.

Sahej, a student at UC Irvine, is part of the global delivery services operations finance team.

To challenge herself to live up to the leadership principle, which drew her to Amazon, Sahej regularly schedules meetings with her manager to gain a fresh perspective on her projects.

"During these meetings, my manager teaches me how to look at data from different angles, identify trends in numbers, challenge assumptions, and determine how to leverage the information to drive meaningful change," she said. "These discussions have definitely been one of the main highlights of my internship so far."


Embodying Amazon's Leadership Principles

Amazon's Leadership Principles serve as the foundation for how employees work - even remotely.

Amazon employees draw upon these 14 principles each day - whether they're discussing ideas for new projects, deciding on the best solution for a customer's problem, or interviewing candidates.


Enjoy a highly useful internship at Amazon

Inspired by internship experiences with Amazon

Roles for students are usually posted in late summer or early autumn, so if you don’t see something that's a fit, so always check back. 

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