Early intervention

At Amway, we have an award-winning internship program that immerses students in the business world, giving them real projects and opportunities to learn from seasoned colleagues and executives.

Our Amway Business Owners also have access to free, extensive training to help ensure a successful start.

So, what about our new employees? They are not left out. The Early in Career Group at our World Headquarters was started in 2010 for anyone new to the Amway company. Regular meetings and social functions help them network, meet new people and expand their knowledge outside their own department.

They focus on professional development, leadership opportunities or volunteering events.

While it’s focused on helping new employees “connect, collaborate and grow,” veterans are welcome, too. In fact, they often use the group as a resource to tap fresh points of view.

Company executives, like Amway Chief Sales Officer John Parker, say fostering the group is “critical to the future of the company.”

“One of the great things about EiCG is that it keeps Amway entrepreneurial,” Parker said. “We’re a big company, a big business, lots of employees, and any big company like that ends up with silos.

“It’s those individuals that are part of the EiCG network that are the future leaders and the future of the business.”

Check out what some of the group members have to say in this video.

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In 2003, Amway made a commitment to helping children. And for last ten years, we’ve been doing just that — around the world, anywhere we do business. It’s called the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.

November 20 marks the first Amway Universal Children’s Day, an Amway global volunteer day, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our campaign. We are asking our Amway Business Owners and employees across the world to join together to do something to help children on that day. And we want you to share your experience.

A team of interns made a video series that you can watch on YouTube. These videos demonstrate how you can share your volunteer efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Whether you use one or all of the social channels, make sure to use the hashtag: #AmwayOnebyOne. By using this searchable tag, you will be part of  our global conversation.

So, join in! Help us celebrate the last 10 years, and be part of  the next 10 as we work together to help children, one by one.

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Written by Austin Langlois


Former Intern Series: Charlotte

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

This is the first of a series of posts written by former Amway interns. Charlotte Milligan was an intern at Amway North America about a year ago. Below Charlotte updates us on her life and where she is now.

Hi there!

My name is Charlotte and some of you may remember me because I use to contribute to this blog when I was an intern at Amway. Around a year ago, I was given the opportunity to be the Recruitment Media Specialist at National Heritage Academies (NHA). In this role I leverage digital and traditional communications tools to enhance NHA’s recruitment message and our ability to connect with top educators. One of my first big projects was to assist in creating NHA’s new career site, If you know of anyone who is looking for a teaching job, be sure to refer them to this site. :)

I have no doubt in my mind that my experience at Amway helped me land my first job after graduating college. As a Public Relations Intern, I was able work on a variety of projects supporting multiple initiatives, such as employee communications, media relations, web reputation, and social media. One of my most favorite experiences was being able to attend the National Spotlight tours across the country. Not only did I get the opportunity to travel to places I never been, but was able to share how Amway helps children live better lives through their One by One program.

The main skill that I learned and practiced at Amway that I use in my current job is definitely writing. Writing is the core of each of my projects. Whether it’s for employee communications or reaching out to candidates, I am writing every day at my job. Also, I learned how to use social media in a corporate setting. In fact, I manage NHA Career’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Advice that I would give to interns is to make sure that you are able to get your hands on a variety of projects. This may help find what interests you the most and what direction you want to go in your career. Also, always be proactive in gaining the experience you need and be sure that you are challenged. Not only will this help you grow as a professional, but it will also show your commitment and dedication to your supervisor.

Good luck to all in your career journey!


I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore….

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

I really didn’t know what to expect when I came to Amway six weeks ago, but I have definitely been on a winding yellow brick road of new experiences.  I am an advertising and design student who usually takes classes in marketing, branding, information graphics and creative media.  When the summer swept me off my feet, however, I was blown into the far away land of Information Technology.

In this strange new land they spoke a different language and had a different way of doing things, and I have to admit, I was completely out of my element at first.  With tons of confusing acronyms being thrown around and terms I had never even heard of showing up in my emails, I really thought I was in over my head.  As I powered through the new material and decided I would learn as much as possible about IT, this scary misadventure quickly became an exciting journey.

So far this summer, I have learned so much about new things I would have never imagined I’d be working with.  I had never done anything with IT in the past, but now that I have it has opened my eyes to a whole new field and a whole new way of applying the skills I have learned while earning my degrees.  I have met some great people along the way who have helped me discover that I have the courage to delve into foreign topics, that I do have a more technical side to my brain and most importantly, that I have a huge appreciation and a place in my heart for IT.


A Day at the Country Club…All in a Day’s Work

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

This year, Amway is a major sponsor for the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament at Egypt Valley Country Club.  Because I’m interning in brand marketing, I am fortunate enough to be part of this event.  The tournament doesn’t happen until mid July, but last Friday was the media day – the day where media and Amway executives enjoyed a game of golf.  I’m not a golfer, Amway executive, or media personal, so what did that mean for me last Friday?  Well besides pulling out of the drive way at 5:30am for set up, working with some great people in the special events department, shaking hands with Amway executives, and eating several free meals …it meant a day at the country club!  The weather could not have been better for the event: warm and sunny with a light breeze.  In my opinion, this was the best weather Michigan has offered all summer!

Here’s how the day went: When the players arrived, they went to the Amway tent and were given an Amway gift bag filled with some great Amway products, breakfast was served in one of the country club’s dining areas (very tasty), and then they set out in teams of five to play some golf!  As they traveled the 18-hole course, they came across several eSpring water stations where they could fill up their Nutrilite water bottles.  Nutrilite snack bars and energy bars were also provided at the water stations.  At the end of the morning, three people were crowned winners and given Amway gifts at the luncheon (delicious food!).  The gifts included an eSpring water filtration unit, a large gift basket of Nutrilite products, or a large basket of Artistry products.  The day was a success!

A day at the country club, PR experience, and special events experience…no complaints from my end!

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Glad to be here!

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

My name is Kylie Carlson and I am in my fourth week as a Communications and Training intern in Change Management.  My project is to come up with a brand and marketing campaign for the ATLAS Project Center of Excellence.  I am going to be creating and designing some fun stuff this summer, but first let me tell you a little bit about myself….

I am a senior studying advertising, graphic design and German at Ball State University in Indiana.  I am from Holland, so I am back home in west Michigan for the summer! My favorite hobby is traveling and I have done five study abroad programs in the last three years, including a summer internship at a palace in Austria and two semesters in the UK.  I love to design and create and my favorite parts of advertising are branding, alternative media and guerrilla campaigning.  I also enjoy music, British literature, art, volunteering, shopping and of course spending time with friends and family.

I am really excited to be at Amway for the summer because of all the wonderful things I have heard about the company and their intern program.  Having lived in West Michigan for most of my life, I never realized just how huge Amway is and the impact they have on communities around the world.  I am very excited to be part of it all!



Fun Fact

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

I just learned a valuable lesson in a project brief meeting:

Do you ever have to type a paragraph in a portal that doesn’t have spell check, so you type it in Microsoft Word first then copy and paste it?  Well if you do, make sure you erase it out of the document you typed it in BEFORE printing said document, and BEFORE you hand said document to your mentor and colleague for review.  Just saying.  But seriously, they were good sports about it!

Embarrassing intern moment aside, my project is going well.  So well in fact, that I actually acquired a new but related project from another department.  Right now I am writing training curriculum for Welcome Center tour guides that focuses on different audience segments.  For example, what a distributor hopes to gain out of a tour is different than what a government official hopes to gain out of a tour.  It is my job to figure out what each group wants, and then identify which aspects of the Welcome Center are best utilized to suit that audience’s unique needs.  Once I know all that, then I will turn it into training material.  Make sense?  The new project I got is similar, but actually has a launch date in place…exciting!  More on that when I know more!

Bye for now, but remember, proof read everything!  (to avoid embarrassing moments)


Greetings from Kate@The Gate

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Hello Fellow Interns!

My name is Kate and I’m the student intern within the Protection Services Department. I’m very excited to begin blogging about my experience with Protection Services. Many interns and employees aren’t quite sure what our responsibilities are, and I can tell you- we do far more than just hang out the Main Gate window to check your passes!

For my first entry, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m originally from Grand Rapids, born and raised! I’m an only child, and an Amway kid. When I was young I thought that Amway was a secret government agency- probably because I was a young X-files fan and I thought that World Headquarters looked like an alien spaceship! What an honor it is to be interning at this ‘secret agency’.

I’m passed my sci-fi fascination, but being a true-crime nerd isn’t much better. Once in college at GVSU, I found myself reading Criminal Justice textbooks in my free time…as a Health Science major. After spending countless hours learning about forensics, private security, and criminal investigation, I made the switch to ‘CJ’. I’ll be a senior this year, still set on CJ, with an emphasis on crimes against women and victimology.

In my free-time I’m a self-defense instructor-I teach an assault defense course for women. Becoming a self-defense instructor has been my greatest accomplishment, next to receiving my internship offer, of course! My goal at Amway is to incorporate these classes into my summer project. Being a self-defense instructor, I’m interested in martial arts disciplines. I received a green-belt in Thai-kickboxing, and I have some experience in traditional boxing.

In a previous blog entry, Esther Looker mentioned her love of animals. We’ve got something in common there! I have a soft-spot for all things cute and fuzzy. My current roommate is a rabbit, who is a hoppy, nose-wriggling ball of fluff. Most people are shocked to hear that I’ve never had a bite of steak in my life… and I plan on keeping it that way. I’m a struggling lacto-ovo vegetarian…I relapse with chicken weekly.

I could blab on endlessly about my hobbies, but I’ll end on this note:

Congratulations fellow interns, we’re so lucky to have been given this opportunity at such amazing company. I trust that all of you will do great things within your departments. Good luck, work hard and have fun!


Pens, Sticky Notes, and a Sick Kitty

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Remember how you felt on your first day of freshman year in high school?  Excited to be ‘in high school’ yet painfully aware that you are the baby of the school?  That’s kind of how I expected to feel stepping into Amway on my first day.  Convinced there was a sign on my forehead reading NEWBE, I found comfort in the fact that there was no locker to be stuffed into or gym class to endure.  Okay okay, that’s a little extreme.  In reality, I felt like I belonged from the first moment I walked in.

When I walked into the Global Amway Brand Strategy department, my office was set up, a shiny new name plate reading ‘Esther Looker’ already made.  There were pens, pencils, and scissors in a cup next to my computers.  A stapler, calculator, a coffee mug, and a stack of sticky notes were all organized by my phone.  And the best part, my filing cabinet was filled with pink and purple file folders (yes, those are my favorite colors and no, I don’t still play with Barbies).  Kati Boland and David Madiol sure know how to make a person feel welcome!  After sharing this with my family, I learned that rarely is everything ready and waiting when you show up on your first day, especially in a company of this size.  Were your first moments as welcoming as mine?

I had always heard Amway genuinely cares about their employees, but what does that actually mean?  I got a pretty good idea the Tuesday after Memorial Day.  That weekend my 6 year old kitty (remember I’m a big animal lover) got quite sick and had to be hospitalized in kitty ICU early Sunday morning.  Around 11:00am on Tuesday I got a call from the Veterinarian saying I needed to come in (how am I suppose to come in, I’m at work?!).  Where I have worked in the past, leaving in the middle of the day at the last minute would not have gone over well…but too bad, I’ll just leave a note on David’s desk and try to explain myself when I get back.  Three hours later…I walk back into work, and do you know what David asked? “How did it go?  Is she going to be okay?”  I could have cried!  I’m an hourly intern and they still care about my cat!  Amazing!

Well I won’t write too much, because I’m sure you all are very busy working, right? (Shouldn’t you be working?).  I’ll write more about my project and work stuff next week…it will be very exciting, seriously!

And by the way, my kitty is at home now recovering!


Virtual Corporate Presentations? Say What?

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Our first Virtual Corporate Presentation was a success!  I owe a BIG thank you to everyone who participated!  As promised, I am going to answer some of the questions we didn’t have time to get to during the presentation and some that I thought would be beneficial to repost here.

So let’s dive right in…

How do you describe the work environment in the Ada, MI office? In one word collaborative.  At Amway we are focused on what benefits the overall Amway brand and our consumer.  We work closely with many different departments on a regular basis to achieve our strategic objectives.  We are a “we” centric environment versus a “me” centric environment which you may find in other organizations.

What skills do Amway interns gain that set them apart from interns at other companies? It’s not so much a skill as a way of thinking.  Since our internships are project based and tie into the companies’ overall objectives, interns learn how to think strategically and often on their feet.   Interns learn how to see a project through, communication skills, and how to manage the change that often occurs in projects.

What has Amway done to promote a healthy lifestyle among its employees? We have the Optimal You fitness center at Amway! It’s $8/month for a 24/7 fitness facility that includes classes such as Yoga, Pilates, and Spinning.  We encourage our employees to participate in our many Optimal You including cycling club and work/life seminars to name a few.

How are interns evaluated throughout the summer? Interns are given two formal evaluations during the summer at 5 weeks and 10 weeks.  In addition, interns meet with their mentors on a weekly basis receiving constant feedback on projects.

Do internships consist of one large project, taking the duration of the internship? Interns typically work on 2-3 projects during their time at Amway however the projects are scalable so as not to overwhelm the intern.  We find with anything, that there can be down time in a project, so having multiple projects alleviates the boredom factor.

How many people typically work on projects and are they primarily interns? The number of individuals who work on a project varies based on the scope of the project.  Typically interns work with full-time team members, not necessarily other interns.

What is the most expensive project you had an intern do? Great question…and I don’t know!  Interns have impacted the bottom line in numerous ways. Again, this depends on the scope and department the project occurs in.  Regardless, each project has a valuable impact despite dollar amount involved.

As a sophomore in mechanical engineering, how can I make my resume look more attractive to you? Don’t forget to include your project experience!  While you may not have any internship or work experience yet, tell us what you have learned in class.  Use group projects and any experience you may gain in your professional organizations.

During a summer internship are their opportunities to travel internationally? Unfortunately not at this time.  Since interns do not receive benefits (i.e. healthcare coverage) we do not feel comfortable allowing our interns to travel outside of the US.  However, we can provide opportunities to interact via phone or video conference with our offices outside of the US.

When do internships start during the summer? Whenever!  We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks to start and finish your project.  However, since we pull students from universities all over the US, we are flexible with start and end dates based on your school’s agenda.  Roughly speaking, end of May through early September.

Do you consider juniors for these internships? Yes!  We consider students from freshman to master to PhD candidates.  Internships are project based, so we look for individuals with the skill sets necessary to successfully complete the project.  If that means you have them at sophomore level, great!

Do we hire F-1 undergrad interns? Yes, like any candidate we are looking for the specific skill sets that are needed to move our company forward and of course we must follow government regulations.

What is the time frame to hear back after we apply? When you apply for an internship with Amway your resume is automatically forwarded on to the manager who is hiring for the position.  Each resume is then closely reviewed.  As we identify candidates we set up first round phone interviews with the manager.  If skill sets are still a match, we set up second round “face to face” interviews.  From there decisions tend to move quickly.  This process can take several months, especially during the fall semester, our peak recruiting season.

So there you go! If you have any questions about our questions, let us know!