Externship Spotlight – Caroline Haskins, Amazona Web Services

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Caroline Haskins is a double major in MIS and Business Management expected to graduate in the spring of 2020.  This winter break she had an externship with Amazon hosted by Alysha Perisho in Seattle, Washington.

Please provide a brief description of what you did during your externship:

During my visit to Amazon Web Services in Downtown Seattle, my host Alysha Perisho started by introducing me to a handful of her colleagues. Some of them who worked on her team are also UA alumni, so I had the opportunity to speak with them about their college/work experiences, how they ended up at AWS, as well as received worthwhile advice. Alysha then took me on a tour of their downtown campus where many of their different teams are housed. Throughout the day I was free to ask her anything pertinent to her educational and career paths, day-to-day operations at AWS, and what led her to where she is now. Since she had just returned from the holiday break, most of her office was empty and she didn’t have much for me to do, so she generously extended an invitation to welcome me back in the spring to spend a day visiting other offices, attending meetings, and exploring the various Amazon teams.

Why did you want to do this externship?

While I am just in the beginning stages of my MIS undergraduate studies, I was eager to shadow employees of Amazon Inc., observe day-to-day operations, and explore potential career opportunities that lie within this industry. To take part in such an eye-opening experience would enable me to develop my interests, gain exposure to another industry, and, hopefully, carve out my future career path in the business-tech industry. I am confident the resources, knowledge, and experiences from this one-day externship to the Amazon Corporate Headquarters would enable me to explore opportunities in the technology, customer service, and retail sectors, understand how those coincide with each other, and realize how valuable a career in this industry can be.

What did you learn as a result of this externship?

This 1/2-day externship experience was definitely an eye-opening experience and educated me in more ways than I thought it would. Having not been familiar with the AWS team until just a few months ago, coming into the office, speaking with Alysha Perisho, and meeting a few members of her team certainly peaked my interest in this career field. I’ve been an avid user of the Amazon services for several years now and have always been so fascinated by their business processes and operations. Learning how the the various teams work together to support Amazon and that it is much more than an online retail platform was truly interesting. As I enter into the MIS major this semester, I’m looking forward to truly diving into this area of study and learning more about cloud computing, AI, Internet of Things, and online business processes, to name a few. There is definitely much to look forward to in the near future, and I have Alysha, AWS, and this opportunity granted to me by Eller to thank for opening up my mind to such a vast and diverse industry.