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!