Katarina Delgado is a Business Management major set to graduate in May 2020. This past summer she interned at the Amazon Headquarters in Seattle, Washington as a Vendor Manager Intern.
How did you get this internship?
I found my internship by doing my daily scanning of potential internships on LinkedIn. I came across an Amazon internship but it was for software development. I was then proactive and went to Amazon’s career website which is where I found hundreds of internships for undergraduates available. I found two different internships which were in the line of project management and brand specializing so I decided to apply. I received an interview email a month later followed up by a 2 hour virtual interview. The next day I received my offer through email stating that I would be working as a Vendor Manager on the Canada Fashion Team.
What was a typical day like?
Everyday at Amazon is considered “Day One” because new challenges always come our way and each day is different from the day before. A typical day would mean that I would come in around 9am, get some free coffee in the kitchen, check emails for urgent tasks, pet a dog, enter team meetings that discuss our weekly business stats, lunch at a farmers market, more meetings based on vendors and selection for certain fashion brands, competitive research for my overall intern project, and then my days usually ended by 5pm. You’re constantly juggling many tasks but it does make the day go faster and having an amazing team truly does help.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of my experience was ultimately the culture of the company I was surrounded in. My team came in everyday with a sense of humor and bright smiles. They made sure I was always included even if I was obviously the youngest least experienced person in the room. I gained so much knowledge from each and every person and I couldn’t have been more lucky to be surrounded by the best team ever aka Canada Softlines Team!
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
The most challenging aspect of my internship was realizing that I truly had so much to learn. Even being there for 3 months can’t even prepare you for a day at Amazon. Learning hundreds of acronyms, trying to figure out excel, and attempting to understand how fashion works through Amazon was extremely overwhelming for any person. You just had to work through and by reflecting at the end of each week, you realize you have gained so much knowledge. My Category Leader told me “Amazon is for the over-achievers because there is ALWAYS a challenge and sometimes you’re just not going to get the answer right away, you’re gonna have to work for it.”
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
As a pre-business or business undergraduate seeking an internship, I highly recommend showing up to Career Expo and Career showcase hungry for an internship. Put your best foot out there with a great resume and a spot on elevator pitch. I also recommend to start applying online for internships through LinkedIn, handshake, Glassdoor, and Indeed. APPLY APPLY APPLY! I didn’t start applying online until November because I relied heavily on the Expo which I advise you to not do at all. Think outside the box when it comes to applying. Think of your favorite products and companies and then go look at their career website. For example, I love makeup so I looked at every career sight for every makeup brand and store to see if they had positions for me as an intern. Also, go to your career coach right when you get back to school. I know that’s annoying to hear because Eller always says it, but seriously go. Javier literally saved me with his interview advice!