Advice on getting a return offer after amazon internship

Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
Feb 24, 2018 27 Comments

I am interning at Amazon and it's a 12 week internship while I am in my 3rd week now.
I wana do well and get a return offer. Any must dos? Would appreciate if Amazonians could lend some advice here.

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  • Flagged by the community.

    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Be respectful. Show some basic level of etiquettes. Keep your mouth shut if you can't talk good stuff. May god pour some sense in a useless fellow like you
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Ok I get you are an idiot because your name has it anyway
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Amazon i-insist
      Way to show backbone. You’ll go a long way
      Mar 1, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    Engineer at AWS
    Hooliganssmore
    I was in your shoes previously. The primary goal for you should be to make your mentor and a manger look good. Deliver before deadlines, always be prepared to discuss your projects or assignments, and while awaiting code reviews or whatever, see if you can kill off some old tickets. Managers love that shit.
    Ask your mentor questions, but don’t ask them too many. Really research what you have a question about, and make sure you’ve exhausted all internal and external resources.
    Also while awaiting more work or reviews, look at what your teammates are working on. Become familiar with other people’s project as that can become content used in discussions and stuff. Show interest in everything your team does.

    Finally, really research who your customers are. What do they need and want? Based on tickets, what seems to be problems they’ve encountered? Be very familiar with customer interaction with your service or product.

    And have fun, it’s a really good opportunity :)
    Feb 24, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Thanks a lot
      Feb 24, 2018
  • New / Mgmt
    idiot45

    New Mgmt

    BIO
    I get things done.
    idiot45more
    In corporate life, align/orient your self towards revenue/customer.

    Work Hard 

    Keep your commitments

    Learn how to Communicate clearly and succinctly – some call this Speak Up – in my experience people listen when you have a strong belief in your idea and can communicate it well

    a.       Understand your audience and prepare for the questions/concerns they will have

    b.      Be sure to give a recommendation – do not bring a problem without having thought of some potential solutions including the pros and cons

    c.       Share information (as appropriate)

     Ask for what you want
    Feb 24, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Thanks
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Please go ahead
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Amazon Inspiredd
    The most important thing in your final review is if you delivered your intern project. You can be great at everything else but if you don’t deliver your project, it’d be very difficult to convince the hiring committee . That happened to one of the interns I mentored.
    Also they will review your code reviews, number of lines of code you wrote, what kind of comments you received on your code reviews. How much hand holding was involved. The idea is to see if you can survive on your own if you return as full time employee.

    I was an intern and got return offer. I have been mentor to a few interns and sat in those hiring decision meeting.
    Feb 24, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Engineer at AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      This is good info
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Amazon amznstock
    Deliver your project on time. Learn from your CRs. Take work off your mentor's plate. Make sure you are prepared for 1:1s, schedule them if you don't have any.
    Feb 24, 2018 1
    • Amazon TheDoctor
      Mostly This ^. If someone tells you to do X in a code review don’t make them tell you to do it again. Learn from the feedback you’re given. You also need to deliver results. If you can’t get your project done you won’t be considered valuable.

      I would argue against “take work off your mentors plate”. If you get your project done and accomplish your stretch goals you’ll be in a good position.
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Microsoft Jxuebsj
    Ask your manager?
    Feb 24, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Thanks a lot
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Amazon jDIU30
    Whatever others mentioned, plus, get constant feedback from your mentor and manager. If there are any areas of improvement you can work and improve on them from the start.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Amazon i-insist
    Deliver on everything that’s been assigned to you. Hopefully you haven’t been given any garbage projects. Even if you have, deliver them enthusiastically. Have 1:1s regularly and come prepared with questions, ask for feedback on how to improve, and follow through with them. Take 1:1s with folks outside of your team/org so you can get to know people - you may need to rely on them for referrals later on.
    Mar 1, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng AwsEmp
      OP
      Thanks man!
      Mar 1, 2018
  • Amazon xvEb45
    Finish your project and stay ahead of your work. Don't wait to ask questions ever. And drive your 1 on 1s
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    NotANinja

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Oracle
    NotANinjamore
    The bar isn’t very high right now. Just do your best.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Jxuebsj
    Network, make friends and show ppl you are hard working and a do’er. Add those ppl to LinkedIn and ask them to endorse you or write a review. They will be useful in the future if you need referrals and job leads.

    What I found to success is to have someone that will pull you along. Having a manager that trusts you and want to promote you is key. If that person gets advanced and moves on, they will want to bring you with them.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Netflix fs92
    At Amazon just figure out ways to connect everything you're doing to the leadership principles and you'll be ok. Prerequisites also include a basic level of intelligence and coding ability, but I assume you'll be ok on those.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Flagged by the community.

    • Microsoft VonNeuman0
      So this is why GoPro stock is in the toilet!
      Feb 27, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      GoPro is just a YouTube channel right?
      Mar 1, 2018