I interned at Meta in the summer of 2013 (it was called Facebook in my day…). I barely got the return offer at the end of the summer. My reflections on what I could have done better:
- Too much back and forth on my code review. I made the same types of mistakes in the code I wrote, and I occasionally tried to pushback if a reviewer requested changes.
- Not communicating with enough with teammates. In addition to my intern manager, I should have had a regular 1:1 with the person who was primarily reviewing all my code.
What I did well:
- I was responsive. I replied to messages + comments quickly, and I tried to share my insights (from my project) where possible..
- I was a good culture fit: I built a substantial hackathon project which garnered some attention.
Advice for the current economic condition for software engineer interns:
- Focus on cultivating relationships with people on your team, so they are able to refer you.
- Leverage the work you did in Meta to more easily land interviews at competitive companies.
Go back to part 1 of the Meta intern series