Once upon a time, in a faraway land called South Carolina, a college senior
was researching potential summer internship opportunities. She searched and
searched and nothing seemed to catch her eye or offer exactly what she was
looking for. She was about to give up all hope of finding that perfect
internship. That was until she stumbled upon the Zappos Family Interns website
while shopping for shoes. At that moment everything seemed to click. An
awesome company culture, jobs that make you want to get out of bed each
morning, and the opportunity to get involved in the Las Vegas community-- It
was the perfect opportunity. She knew Zappos was exactly where she belonged.
So now you
may be wondering – did it all work out? Did she live happily ever after? Well,
I will let you in on a little secret – that girl is me. It took some
passion, determination and maybe even a weird video cover
letter, but here I am nine months
later at the new Zappos HQ in sunny Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada!
This summer I am lucky enough to be a part of the incredible Zappos HR Team as
the Recruiting College Intern. This is the third year of the internship
program here at Zappos and we have a total of 42 fun and slightly weird
individuals from all over the world! That makes us the largest intern class
the company has ever had – woohoo!
As the recruiting intern I have had some amazing opportunities to shadow and
assist the recruiters and recruiting coordinators with their daily tasks as
well as take on individual projects. Every day I learn something new and grow
more passionate about my work. One of the things I love most about my
internship is that I’m given challenging, meaningful assignments. No filing
papers, making copies, or coffee runs for this girl! I have already taken on a
variety of daily tasks as well as joining in on projects with members of my
team. I am also encouraged to pursue growth and learning by coming up with
new, creative ideas that will help my team and Zappos grow. I have never felt
so supported by a company or team before.
Speaking of team, the recruiting team at Zappos defines what it means to have
a positive team and family spirit (Core Value #7). Zappos believes in
integrating your work and personal life which means I do not just think of my
team as coworkers but also as amazing friends. What more can you ask for than
having a group of people who you can collaborate with in the office and grab
dinner with after work? The recruiting team has truly have become my family
here in Vegas!
It is so hard for me to believe that I am starting week five of my nine week
internship here. Not only have I had the time of my life but I have grown both
personally and professionally. Working for Zappos has truly been my “happily
ever after” and I don’t want it to come to an end. Going into my last couple
weeks of this amazing internship, one thing is for certain: I can’t wait to
see what else I learn and what the future holds!