Yale SOM’s Technology Club helps students explore career options in the technology field. At a September 30 panel hosted by the club, second-year MBA students shared their experiences as interns last summer at tech giants Google and Amazon. They also dispensed a little recruiting advice.
Ben Freedman '15
Position: Real Estate and Workplace Services
"I was part of the team assessing different technologies Google was looking at for their buildings. I was able to learn about many new technologies and also about architecture and design. I was coming up with a long-term strategy and operational model, so I was able to apply a lot of what we learned in Innovator, Competitor, and Employee from our first-year courses… The strategy I developed is now being implemented."
Clifford Emmanuel '15
Position: Product Marketing
"It is really beneficial within your résumé to be able to communicate how in past work you've interacted with customers, whether that's with clients in a consulting role or directly in a sales role. How you’ve been able to communicate and understand the needs of customer is really valuable. In all of our roles, that's what we were doing. This is a very customer-centric place."
Chris Yergan '15
"They give you really interesting work and really challenging work. Intern projects have a real impact-they're implementing my strategy and launching an advertising campaign based on my recommendations. Full-time, the work is even more challenging and you move up quickly. A few years out of business school many people are managing the financials for P&Ls with the annual revenue of Starbucks. It's very intense, but you also have an amazing level of responsibility."
Disha Patel '15
"At this point, your focus should be breadth of options and learning opportunities. Because Amazon is growing at a breakneck speed right now, you get to do a lot more than some of the other companies, which are mature and steady. But the key focus for you in your internship should be just learning as much as possible."