by Rebecca Teichmann
Fresh out of her first year at Pacific, Eberhardt accounting student Alexis James decided it was high time to find an internship. She had heard about the benefits of interning as a college student, but as she pursued opportunities she found that the majority of companies with internship postings online were looking for Juniors and Seniors, so she decided to use her network.
In true LinkedIn style, Alexis tapped one of her closest business connections: her father. She asked him to reach out to his colleagues in the technology industry, and the result was a 3-week internship with LinkedIn.
I can’t emphasize enough; it’s all about who you know.
The 3-week internship turned into a 5-week internship, which turned into a summer-long internship. After the first summer internship as a Sales Research Intern, Alexis stayed in touch with her supervisor during the school year, and in the spring was notified that LinkedIn wanted her to return as a Data Quality Intern for the upcoming summer. The second internship was such a success that she was invited to return the next summer following her junior year for a third summer as a Data Quality Intern Team Lead to be responsible for managing 12 interns.
When asked what her best memory was about the experience, Alexis couldn’t pick just one. In summary, she really enjoyed the corporate culture at LinkedIn.
One day, the office decided to have a “Pimp Your Pod” competition. The company formed teams and spent $15-$25 per person decorating their cubicles and the space around their desks. Some of the most interesting pods included a playground, a miniature golf course, and a carnival theme. Alexis was part of the team that constructed the usable mini golf course with the carnival theme, and they won the whole competition! Check out this link to a slideshow featuring some of the most creative spaces: http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/06/27/linkedin-cribs-from-pirates-of-linkedin-to-mini-golfin-slideshow/
Another day, the office broke into teams for a bocce ball tournament. Alexis was on a team with the head of Sales Systems, who promptly told her if they didn’t win the tournament she wouldn’t need to return to the office the following day. They team lost in the first round, and thankfully her cubicle was still waiting for her return the following day. Every day was a new opportunity to get LinkedIn!
Spending every summer interning with a high profile, fast moving tech company has given Alexis plenty to talk about in her accounting interviews this fall. We are proud to share that she’ll be spending her summer in 2014 as a public accounting intern with Deloitte!