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Software Engineer Intern

June 2021 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

The interview process was fairly quick. There is a given challenge that is very much doable. In addition, the recruiters and managers are all very welcoming and interested in what you have to say.

What I wish was different

It would’ve been helpful if the interview process was more spaced out of the course of a week so students can come in, with a clear mindset, and not feel as overwhelmed by the time they get to the actual coding portion of the interview.

Advice

It would’ve been helpful if the interview process was more spaced out of the course of a week so students can come in, with a clear mindset, and not feel as overwhelmed by the time they get to the actual coding portion of the interview.
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Data Science Intern

June 2021 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

The interview was a 3-step process. As expected, there was an initial technical assessment which I found to have appropriate expectations. I interviewed with two separate members of the data team. There were expectations for me to demonstrate my subject expertise as it applied to working in a data science role at Handshake. Additionally, I felt comfortable and encouraged to share details of my research and work experience. I thought Handshake did a terrific job with the interview process, and I am super grateful to now be a part of the team.

What I wish was different

Not a thing.

Advice

Prepare good questions. Think about what it might be like to work at a place like Handshake: how teams might work, the mission, short and long term goals as it relates to your career. Come up with a list of questions that you can choose from during the interview process. Asking well thought out questions shows that you are intelligently thinking about what it might look like to be a part of the organization. It also helps you clarify to yourself what matters to you in a potential role.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

My favorite part of the internship was the people I got to work with. They were always willing to help out, and seemed to enjoy their work, which made it a fun and effective learning environment. From a software standpoint, it was awesome to be able to work on features that have been implemented in the product. I didn't just get project to complete that may or may not be used, but I was working with a team to develop features that needed to be completed by a deadline. It also offered many insights into the other aspects of product development. I got to work closely with the design team and product management, and attended various company events about data analytics and design principles.

What I wish was different

I felt some days it was very hard to be productive, due to hopping from meeting to meeting.

Advice

Make sure to voice your opinion. It took me a little while to feel comfortable speaking up in meetings, but I soon realized that they truly care about your thoughts as a students, since it is a product that is built for students.
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Product Management Intern

June - August 2017 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

I had a lot of ownership of projects, including running my own growth experiments and drafting new strategies for a specific project.

What I wish was different

Advice

This type of internship really allows you to get a lot out of it as long as you take initiative - don't be shy to reach out to your managers and teammates to join projects that interest you!
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Account Management Intern

May 2017 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Autonomy to work on projects of my choice and the ability to make an impact in the company

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Meet as many people on as many teams as you can to expose yourself to different areas of the company, come up from the weeds and try to identify bigger picture things that you can take charge of for a project to help make an impact
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Product Management Intern

May - August 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

There were many opportunities to grow within the company. For example, aside from product management, I reached out to a few designers and data scientists to explore both disciplines. They were all so cheerful and excited to share their learnings and prepared me with the tools and learnings to do well in their roles. On top of that, the company and the people are all mission driven. It was great to see that everyone was committed to helping democratize opportunity and information to all college students across the country, regardless of their position.

What I wish was different

More intern specific programming events and community service projects.

Advice

Never be afraid to ask for more or less. My PM handed my partner and I our summer project, but toward the end of the internship I always felt that I wanted to do more. Make it apparent to your higher ups of any interests you have in mind, even if it seems like there's no time left.
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