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


Playgrounds Rule!

Pool splash fights, campfire sing-alongs, cabin scary story time, nature hikes, new friends… summer camp is one of my favorite memories from when I was in school. But imagine if your camp didn’t have a playground.

Indian Trails Camp, located 6 miles west of Grand Rapids,  provides individuals with disabilities camping experiences all year long. But their playground consisted of a rocker, bike track and tire swing. That changed last week thanks to a seven year partnership between KaBOOM! and Amway.

It took the 300 volunteers (200 Amway volunteers/100 community volunteers) only six hours to build a playground with multiple swings, slides and climbing structures that are sensory-friendly and accessible for campers of all skill levels. (The timelapse video below condenses the build into 30 seconds.)

The Amway-KaBOOM! playground builds are special because the volunteers consists of employees from our manufacturing and logistic plants. They have limited opportunity to volunteer during the year because they have to keep production lines going. But for KaBOOM! builds, Amway shuts down the lines for the day so they can take off their safety glasses and pick up rakes, shovels and hammers to make difference in their community.

The Indian Trails Camp playground is the 15th that Amway and KaBOOM! have built in Michigan, the 11th in the Grand Rapids area and the first designed specifically for children with special needs. See a great a photo album on our Amway Facebook page, too!

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Written by Austin Langlois


Hello. My name is Austin, and I tell the truth

When I was younger, I always knew I was different from other children. No, it wasn’t because I was adopted from Korea, nor was it due to my excessive reading.  Rather, it was because I was excellent at lying. All my other friends tried to lie and were caught in the process, but not I.

I knew the correct amount of eye contact, the earnest tone of voice and the innocent smile that were all part of the “perfect lie formula.” These lies weren’t your average that-shirt-looks-great-but-actually-doesn’t lie. I told my friends of exotic trips I took to England and Ecuador. I shared stories about how my father was a secret FBI agent and worked undercover. I even told my first grade teacher that I never had a sandwich and convinced her that I truly thought it was a witch made out of sand.

However, I soon realized that nobody likes a liar. It took losing my best friend, frustrating my favorite teacher and annoying my family to their wits’ end to make me change my ways. In fifth grade, I took charge of my life and started telling the truth: an act that has changed my life forever.

Thus, when I arrived to Grand Valley State University in the fall of 2010, I was fascinated to learn there was a career path I could take that you actually get paid for telling the truth: Public Relations.

So here I am three years later, a public relations intern in the Amway Corporate PR department tasked with sharing an intern’s view of Amway. Throughout the summer: I will introduce you to interns from various departments, I’ll bring you to events and activities and together we’ll explore behind the scenes of the largest and most successful direct selling company in the world.

My name is Austin; I am from Grand Haven; I enjoy waterskiing, pie eating and afternoon naps; and I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

 Written by Austin Langlois

 About Austin:

Austin graduates from Grand Valley State University in December with a BA in Advertising/Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. Before coming to Amway, he interned at Hello West Michigan; Experience Grand Rapids; The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg; Grand Valley State University and assisted on the TEDxGrandRapids communications team. You can find him on Twitter, LinkedIn or at his personal website.


Living legacy


As interns at Amway, we’re constantly learning things we never knew or thought about before.

This week, we think we’ve discovered the company’s first intern: Dr. Sam Rehnborg, son of Nutrilite founder Carl Rehnborg.

Now president of the Nutrilite Health Institute, Dr. Sam has eaten Nutrilite supplements every day since childhood. “I came to Nutrilite by birth,” he says, “but I have embraced it as my own lifelong passion.”

Growing up, he watched his father persevere against multiple obstacles, blazing his own trail as an entrepreneur to introduce the multivitamin/multimineral and other nutrient-rich food supplements. Today, Nutrilite is a multi-billion dollar brand sold all over the world.

Dr. Sam was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps. Carl was proud of his son, and thrilled that he wanted to preserve the Nutrilite legacy.

How do we know all these things? Dr. Sam spent 10 years writing The Nutrilite Story.

He dedicated this 423-page book to his father and Amway distributors, who have carried his father’s message of optimal health to people around the world.

For more aha! moments, check back for future intern adventures at the Amway Insider.


Incredible access

It’s been more than a decade since Amway launched the Executive Speaker Series, where interns can hear and learn from our most senior leaders about what it’s like to work here.

The series is unquestionably the highlight of our summer internship at World Headquarters.

Many of us are attracted to Amway because it’s a great place to work and has a strong global presence. But we also have this incredible access to Amway’s top leaders.

Recently, 100 interns gathered to meet the first of this series’ seven presenters: Amway President Doug DeVos. “We all have special gifts to contribute,” said Doug. “But success is not simple. It’s hard work.”

Not too many interns can say they met the president of their organization. But now we can say we did. Interns left the event feeling inspired and ready to face their internship head-on.

Stay tuned for future blog posts on the Executive Speaker Series. Our next speaker is Dr. Sam Rehnborg, president of the Nutrilite Health Institute.


Words of wisdom

How can we make the most of our Amway internship – known here as the 12-week interview?

The Talent Acquisition team hosted a panel of past interns who are now full-time Amway employees to welcome the 2012 internship class to Amway World Headquarters. They answered our questions, shared their Amway stories and offered us words of wisdom.

Three common themes emerged:

A friendly, encouraging culture matters. The culture, which drew interns to Amway in the first place, was so engaging that it brought them back for full-time jobs – even after “wow” experiences like an internship at Walt Disney World.

Actions speak louder than words. People who truly live the company’s values create a welcoming workplace.

Connect with other interns and employees. Many interns are hired for positions – but not necessarily in the same area. Having connections with management outside of their department played a large role in being offered those full-time positions.

Thanks to our panel, we left confident and inspired, ready to get the most out of our Amway experience.


The “12 week interview”


Nearly 100 eager interns will be on-site with us for the summer, and started arriving earlier this month.

The interns will work in 16 different internal divisions and 70 departments, in both the Amway World Headquarters and the Nutrilite facility in Buena Park, California. These internal divisions range from supply chain management to marketing to human resources. They come from 33 different colleges and represent 58 majors.

Interns are excited to get started on what Jon Brickner, a recruiter with talent acquisition, refers to as their “12 week interview.”

While we routinely hire interns every summer, our approach was slightly different this time around. Interns were hired based on projected future positions within departments, to help create a pipeline for talent, geared toward converting interns into full-time employees.

I’m one of those interns and will be sharing my experiences – as well as those of other Amway interns – with you here at The Amway Insider.


Do yourself a favor and befriend an intern

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

You read it correctly. Penelope Trunk, founder of Brazeen Careerist, offers advice in a recent blog post, “fire up your career by paying close attention to the people with the least work experience.” (i.e. interns.)

As an intern reading this, I simply thought, “why?” And it’s not because I have absolutely no self-worth as an intern, I just have never read or heard such a statement before.

Let me back up, though. As a public relations intern for Amway’s corporate communications department, I feel far from an intern. I’m treated as a team member and respected as one, too. So, when I read Penelope’s post about how advantageous befriending an intern is for your career, I was intrigued.

Sure, young professionals bring new, fresh ideas to the board, are tech-friendly and addicted to social media, but Penelope gives detailed examples on how befriending her interns lead to great things. Examples of the benefits include finding inspiration and encouragement from her interns, and mentoring them in such a way where she’d want to be lead by them someday.

These are all very valid examples and I think they can be directly related to Amway interns’ experiences. Our mentors and managers want us to succeed and want us to have a bright future. So they aggressively encourage and anticipate their intern’s best work. The interns, on the other hand, benefit from such high expectations because then we put our best foot forward and learn.

I’m a firm believer in Penelope’s example of finding encouragement and inspiration through interns. From a outsider looking in, interns can bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to a company that can ultimately be a result of inspiration for a mentor, manager or team member.

Can you contribute any examples on why it’s important to befriend an intern?


How is it August?

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

I have no idea where the summer went!  It seems like I just started, but now I’m preparing my final presentation, putting the final touches on my project, and saying ‘bye’ to some amazing friends I made!  It feels like the end to summer camp.  Remember that feeling?  Preparing your end of summer skit, collecting all the crafts you made over the summer, and having to say ‘bye’ to your new best friends?  Yeah, feels like that. 

The end of an experience like this always comes with mixed emotions.  Sad to leave something that feels so familiar (even after just a short amount of time), sad to leave “grown-up” life (yes, I actually like working in a corporate environment), and sad to leave not only the interns I have grown to love, but the people I work with as well.  It also comes with excitement.  Excitement at how much I have learned in such a short amount of time, excitement to actually apply what I have learned, and excitement that my internship experience was worth the 40 hr days (when my friends were on the beach)!  Totally worth it!

My final presentation is August 11th…I’ll let you know how it goes!