Amazon internships provide students with an understanding of what it’s like to work at Amazon. Diving into programs and services that affect millions of customers, interns are given the opportunity to do meaningful work that makes a big impact.

Most interns will work in a hybrid model this year. In this model, interns relocate to (or already live in) the city of their internship, so they can commute to their assigned Amazon office. Interns work with their manager and team to schedule a mix of in-office and work-from-home days. Internships in our Operations team – whether they are in workplace health and safety, engineering or operations managers – will work at our sites.

To learn more, we have put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Amazon’s internship program.

Are Amazon interns paid?

Yes. Interns receive competitive pay. Interns working in the hybrid model also receive a paid relocation allowance to spend during the 10-12 weeks (on average) in their internship’s city. In addition, Amazon offers a variety of intern events—both in person and virtually—for interns to get to know each other and learn about areas of Amazon beyond their daily work. Interns are invited to grow their network and chart their own career path at Amazon by attending leadership speaker series sessions, coffee shuffles, and trainings.

What universities does Amazon recruit from?

Amazon Australia recruits from tertiary institutions around Australia and New Zealand. We strongly believe that the best talent comes from a diverse array of backgrounds and educational experiences.

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What do Amazon interns do during their internship?

Starting on Day 1, interns are given projects that impact customers to own and complete with direction from managers, mentors, and teammates. At the end of their internship, interns go through a comprehensive wrap-up, which might include a presentation of their project(s) to Amazon employees as part of their evaluation. They leave with something they are proud of, that they can showcase on their resume or reference for future career opportunities. A few examples of projects that Amazon interns have worked on in the past include improving the Halo band, updating features on the consumer retail app, and in Australia launching an Early Careers Innovation Program.

How long are Amazon internships?

Internship duration varies by region, but the majority of Amazon Australia internships last 10-12 weeks and mirror a full-time job.

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What does Amazon look for in intern candidates?

We hire students from all backgrounds who are enrolled in a higher-education institution. Internships occur in the penultimate year of a tertiary degree – undergraduate or postgraduate – over the summer. An intern's educational background and work experience are assessed, but evaluations are also based on our Leadership Principles.

What roles does Amazon recruit students for?

We recruit and hire students into more than 125 roles across all business lines, including Amazon Studios and Prime Video; Amazon Web Services (AWS); Consumer, Devices and Services; Human Resources; and Operations. Some roles include software development engineers, support engineers, product managers, operations managers, applied scientists, vendor managers, and financial analysts.

What support do interns receive on Day 1?

On Day 1, interns receive a comprehensive, self-paced onboarding plan with training to complete over the course of their internship. In addition to a manager and a mentor, every intern is provided with an onboarding buddy—ensuring that they can learn from, and connect with, multiple resources. In addition, interns are encouraged to network with their peers through Slack communities, affinity groups, and Amazon-hosted meetups and events.

What interview preparation tips do you have for students interested in an internship at Amazon?

Our interview questions are behavioural, and students should use the situation, task, action, result and reflection (STARR) method when responding to questions. The questions ask about past situations or challenges that candidates have faced and how they’ve handled them. Ahead of an interview, we recommend that candidates take time to prepare specific examples using the STARR method that showcase their experience and demonstrate how they have taken risks, succeeded, failed, and grown in the process. Candidates should identify key metrics and data to support and strengthen each example—and they should be ready for follow-up questions, as interviewers will want to dive deep into their experience.

Where can I apply for an Amazon internship?

To learn more and apply, visit the Opportunities for Students page at amazon.jobs. Applications for internships close 16th August 2022.