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Making The Most of Your Summer Internship (Fall 2015)

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September 29, 2015

Making The Most of Your Summer Internship (Fall 2015)

These are the Slides from a Presentation I gave at Stanford about making the most of your summer internship as part of their Career skills workshop series.



September 29, 2015


  1. Making the Most of Your Summer Internship Jonathan Maltz (you

    can call me Maltz) @maltzj or
  2. Hi! I’m Maltz • I Build Android apps at Yelp

    Eat24 • I’ve Been ‘Droid building for 2 years • Big Hello Kitty fan • Bigger fan of mentoring at hackathons
  3. Hi! I’m Maltz

  4. Yelp’s Mission: Connecting people with great local businesses.

  5. Yelp Stats: As of Q2 2015 83M 32 68% 83M

  6. Why am I here today?

  7. None
  8. 1. Personal growth 3 to Having a Successful Internship 2.

    Knowing what you want out of a full time position 3. Having a great time
  9. None
  10. Personal Growth

  11. Antipattern Alert

  12. In it for the full time offer Isaac

  13. Why is this bad?

  14. Let’s talk about bowling dude

  15. How to think about skill growth

  16. • Have Design Reviews ◦ Have to explain yourself a

    lot? Reflect on why. ◦ Preemptively clarify • Write documentation Communication Skills
  17. Aside on your mentor

  18. Aside on your mentor

  19. Aside on your mentor Teaching Doing

  20. Technical Skills • Try to never make the same mistake

    twice • Find really successful people, ask them what they read • Ask about words you don’t understand
  21. Workflow Skills • Automate as much as possible ◦ If

    something bothers you, make it easier • See something cool? Ask about it. • Learn your tools well
  22. None
  23. Understand what you want when you graduate

  24. None
  25. What the heck does he mean by culture?

  26. What Culture Isn’t What Culture Is Do I get free

    lunch? How do people communicate about issues? How is the office decorated? When I have a problem, how does it get resolved? Are there Yoga Classes? How much effort do we put into mentoring? Other benefits / perks How much autonomy is given to me?
  27. How do I know “good culture” from “bad culture”?

  28. Frustration Principle

  29. Antipattern Alert

  30. Always with her team Anna

  31. Why is this bad?

  32. 1. Lose out on learning opportunities

  33. 2. Never know if your problems/successes are unique

  34. The simple guide to meeting anyone 1. Find someone who

    knows something you’re curious about 2. Schedule 30 minutes to talk to that person 3. Be punctual 4. Ask the questions you’re curious about. a. “What do you do here?” is totally valid
  35. None
  36. Have a great time

  37. Intern programs are awesome

  38. Antipattern Alert

  39. Overworked Oscar

  40. But I need a full-time offer

  41. But I need a full-time offer

  42. What happens when you join full-time?

  43. Questions?

  44. @YelpEngineering YelpEngineers