Interning at Zappos: What To Know
Heading into the new year, students on campuses nationwide start to think about their future. What am I going to do for my first weekend back on campus? What classes do I need to take to stay on track with my major? What am I going to do next summer? What will I do after I graduate?
Some of the answers are easy. (What am I going to do for my first weekend back? Whatever you feel like). But some, like what you’re doing next summer, are more difficult and may require a bit of inspiration. So, let us inspire. Last year, we worked with Zappos to fill their internship roles with college students like you. This year Zappos will be opening another round of internships (Zinternships) that they’ll be looking to fill with our very best candidates.
But before you rush to apply, we want you to have all the information. That’s why we asked Zappos to let us speak with a couple of interns (Zinterns, if you will) from last year’s program. We got a chance to speak with Zinterns Julie Hardy and Logan Bird to fill you in on everything from company culture to the best places to grab lunch around the office. Here’s what they had to say about interning with the super-site:
If you work your ass off in school but can’t stomach the thought of wearing slacks every weekday for the next year of your life, or just general archaic office etiquette, you should consider interning at a company with a more exciting and casual atmosphere: i.e. Zappos. The company is famous for a work culture that’s fun and adventurous. As Zinterns, Julie and Logan felt at home going to work, dressing comfortably, and acting in a way that was true to their personality.
Logan: Culture doesn’t mean as much to college students unless they’ve worked somewhere else... I had an internship the previous summer at a large bank. I felt like I wasn’t given opportunities to be myself at work.
Julie : I am the same person at work as I am with my friends and family out of the office. I never feel like I need to put up a façade at work... I’m usually sporting jeans, a casual top and flip flops. You can make it as formal or casual as you’d like.
While being free to wear comfortable clothing is always a plus, even more important is feeling comfortable enough to confidently voice your opinions. At the Zappos office, the relaxed culture inspires employees to address what they’re thinking and feeling without the pressure of workplace intimidation. Ultimately, this means more personal and profession growth for you.
L: I was excited to not be stuck in a cubicle and to have opportunities to learn and grow beyond my main responsibilities…After sitting through a few meetings and seeing how open my team was to new ideas I felt comfortable expressing my ideas and speaking up.
With an environment of helpful and encouraging people who are famously open to new ideas, Zappos seems like a place where you can feel relaxed working with and learning from your fellow Zinterns and Zappos Employees. The monthly team building events make it easy to break down office boundaries and get to know your team in a genuine way.
J : My team has been my second family. They were extremely welcoming during my internship and are the main reason why I moved across the country to come back to Zappos.
The Food Culture:
Even though office food and surrounding restaurants may not be your primary reason for considering a job offer, knowing that there are tasty options is always comforting. It’s nice to know that the company you’re working for is also working to make sure your experience is a good one. Zappos, not surprisingly, makes sure their employees are happy people. When you have Taco Tuesday and team yogurt breaks to look forward to every week, how bad could work really be? Julie and Logan also had few lunch spot favorites to hit with their co-workers:
J : My favorite place hands down is Le Thai. It’s an infamous spot on Fremont Street (5-10 minute walk from the office) with very limited seating but the most amazing Thai food.
L: I personally love a spot called Therapy! The food is ridiculous! And my favorite lunch spot is Carson Kitchen.
The Move to Vegas:
It’s a great sign to see that both Julie and Logan relocated for their internship. Vegas is certainty notorious for a few things besides company atmosphere, so it’s nice to hear that both Julie and Logan were excited about the transition to the new location.
J: I drove from the edge of the east coast all the way to Las Vegas. I packed my car to the brim and made a road trip out of it with a lifelong friend. We spent the week driving and experiencing different areas of the country. We loved our time in Colorado and visiting the Grand Canyon. It was an amazing experience!
L: I was most excited to be living in a place that made mountains and lots of outdoor activities. There is so much to do in the southwest that you never get bored!
If you’re interested in applying for an upcoming Zinternship, check it all the open roles, and get applying!