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Pizza My Mind Presented by Amazon

Amazon presented Pizza My Mind on September 24th. Brian Riley (Head of Talent Acquisition HQ2), Michael Johnson (CNU alum and Software Engineer, AWS Key Management Services), and Sarah Newell (CNU alumna and Tech Recruiter, AWS) joined the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering department virtually to talk about Amazon’s culture and student hiring. Amazon focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. Many things fall under the Amazon umbrella including the well known amazon.com, amazon prime, amazon fresh, amazon alexa, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Amazon proudly stands by their leadership principles: customer obsession, ownership, invent and simplify, are right a lot, learn and be curious, hire and develop the best, insist on the highest standards, think big, bias for action, frugality, earn trust, dive deep, have backbone – disagree and commit, and deliver results. These principles are a big part of the culture at Amazon as reported by Mr. Riley.  

Amazon has a lot of job openings, especially with the construction of their new location HQ2 in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. They are a large and fast growing company looking to hire people from a variety of backgrounds that are passionate about invention. There are full time and internship opportunities available for recent graduates and current students. Amazon employees receive many benefits including competitive pay, relocation assistance, housing stipends, and mentors to guide them. Many events are held for interns to encourage community and connections. Employees get excited about intern projects; they attend the final presentations of the interns, and often the projects are turned into a real product used by Amazon.

Mr. Johnson’s recommendation for students is “study whatever your passion is.” He advised those looking to apply to follow the advice of the recruiters in the interview process. They send you links to prepare and tell you what the process will be. He also suggested that students “take an interest in technologies above and beyond what you see in the classroom.” Success requires a drive to learn.

Thank you to Amazon and our three presenters Brian Riley, Michael Johnson, and Sarah Newell for joining us.

To learn more about the Amazon internship process, visit: http://amazon.jobs/interviewing-at-amazon.

To apply for a job with Amazon, visit: https://www.amazon.jobs/.