Beyond the ABC’s: Summer Internships in Tech

This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern at a tech startup, and had a great summer experience. As recruiting begins, I wanted to highlight some experiences that I had and also interview other students at Haas who worked at technology companies this past summer. At Haas, it’s easy to ignore many of the jobs out there in industry companies, and because of this, I wanted to bring to light the many career options out there that are available.

Google: Michelle Leon (Business Administration, ’16)

How do you think working in tech is different from careers in the ABC’s?10557227_10203634078245003_8108318915939776023_n
Even at a large company like Google, they still maintain a very startup-like culture and environment. Tech companies, especially here in the Bay Area, tend to be younger as well, both in terms of the company age and the average age of the employees.

What were some of your most memorable experiences at the company?
I loved working at Google and loved my team. They were so supportive and made a huge effort to make sure I was having the best summer. Some favorite memories include going fishing at 5 AM and catching a rock cod, a Giant’s game with my entire department, and the intern boat cruise.

Biggest compan10430447_10203151010288606_1245245861079309894_ny perks?
Google has many company perks, which included massages, a swimming pool, awesome events (seeing Hillary Clinton and CHVRCHES played a set). The food was one of my favorite parts: 38 different cafes, food trucks, ice cream Fridays, free caramel lattes at all hours, and fresh cookies at 2:30 PM every day.

Any tips for those interested in tech internships in the future?
Be proactive about applying and spread your nets wide. When it comes to the interview, just relax and be yourself!

Salesforce.com: Raymond Dang (Business Administration, ’16)

How do you think working in tech is different from careers in the ABC’s?
Working in tech is definitely different for two main reasons. One the environment is exceptionally relaxed. Your hours are pretty flexible, and everyone is pretty relaxed as opposed to the intense environment of careers in the ABC’s.

As long as you get your work done, you pretty much have the freedom you want. I worked a standard 9 to 5 every day and occasionally had the ability to work from home, which is pretty cool as an intern!

The second reason is the diverse nature of your projects. I personally worked in a business intelligence role, but I was afforded the opportunity to work on my own projects that I found interesting. I spent part of my summer exploring different areas of data science bb0cecda-0c4c-11e4-b826-22000a9ab58d-largeto explore if I really liked it (finding that I didn’t). In comparison, the ABC’s would rarely provide you time to “do your own thing.” And with this free time, many great ideas have sprouted both at Salesforce and at other tech companies.

Overall, there is a heavy focus on innovation at tech companies while the ABC’s seem driven on revenue generation due to the differing business models, but I would very much recommend working at Salesforce or any other tech company if you like this type of more relaxed environment.

What was your favorite part about working at the company or the team you worked with?
My favorite part about working at the company was hanging out with the interns. With an intern class of over 300, there was a diverse group of fun and driven people I could get lunch or go to happy hours with. I really had a lot of fun hanging out with these people, and it made my summer internship even more fun.

Biggest company perks?
Loaded snack bar that I stocked up on each day, Puppyforce, and ping pong tournaments!

Any tips for those interested in tech internships in the future?
Work hard and it will pay off in the end!

Uber: Jessica Ou (Business Administration, ’16)

How do you think working in tech is different from careers in the ABC’s?
I think the environment is very different. With accounting, banking, and consulting, oftentimes you’re working with different companies in different industries. For tech startups in particular, you’re doing work for just that one company, anuber1455market-304xx1024-683-0-9d the awesome part is you usually get to see the impact of your work to the end point.

What was your favorite part about working at the company or the team you worked with?
My favorite part about working at a startup was the execution-style mentality. Oftentimes, we would pivot ideas and have to execute them in a day or just a few days, rather than at larger corporations, where initiatives have to go through several layers of approval before getting implemented.

In terms of my favorite memories, they included marching for Uber in the San BoCIYP-IIAAE2sn (1)Francisco Pride parade and being involved with Uber Ice Cream and the Uber Hackathon.

Biggest company perks?
By far the biggest perk was ride credits. Employees also enjoy unlimited snacks, ice cream, and catered lunch every day. My favorite was the cold-brew coffee keg in the office!

Any tips for those interested in tech internships in the future?
Definitely apply for as many things as you can and whatever company you interview for, make sure you know their latest happenings.

 

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