Nothing attracts the eyes of the media as much as scandals within large companies. What we see little, unfortunately, are stories that tell good experiences behind the scenes, perhaps because it is the ?minimum? expected of a work environment.
Regarding Cupertino's giant, there are several macabre stories of hostile work environment, but there are also surveys that reveal that Apple is one of the best technology companies to work for. Still, it doesn't matter how; everyone wants to have the opportunity to try a piece of Ma.
In one of these ?happy ending? stories, a former Apple intern shared with Fast Company his experiences at the company, as well as giving tips for those who want to join one of the most popular companies in the world.
Maxime Britto, now founder of startup Purple Giraffe, had great experiences as an intern at Apple. He said he started his internship the day before WWDC 2008 and was able to attend the conference with his team. He was part of the WebKit and Safari teams; worked exterminating bugs in WebKit and also spent a lot of time on features for Safari on Windows. In his last two weeks, he worked on a feature for Safari that hasn't been released yet, whether for macOS or Windows.
Britto revealed that, before joining Apple, he interned at the French company Pleyo, which contributes to the open code project of WebKit. L, he worked on some WebKit bugs and spent a lot of time chatting on the (good old) IRC; then he ended up meeting virtually some regular members of the community who, later came to know, were mostly Apple employees.
The bridge between Britto and one of Apple's managers was his own manager at Pleyo. However, he really got the internship because he had already spent several months working on WebKit's open source projects, starting with the basics and evolving as he worked to correct flaws.
Detailing his routine as an intern, Britto stated that "just like any engineer at Apple", he had his own office with his name on the door and a magnetic card to come and go whenever he wanted, day or night. He had two MacBooks Pro and could also work remotely when needed. The offices were surrounded by an area to "relax", where they had sofas; in fact, they spent a lot of time working on the sofas when they needed more focus than they went to the offices.
To make everyone's mouth water, he also recounted his best experiences at Apple, highlighting the intercultural relationships that the company always boasts of, in addition to meeting great names.
My first day at WWDC is definitely on Top 3! I also loved the relationship with the other interns from around the world. We shared apartments, played sports together, loved restaurants during the week and San Francisco on weekends. I learned a lot from the cultural mix and came home as a different person. Another exciting advantage was the VP series: once a week, the interns were invited to have a conversation at lunch with one of the vice presidents. We met and asked questions of amazing people like Jony Ive, Bertrand Serlet, Scott Forstall and more. And in the last week of the series, it was Steve Jobs. All of those conversations were really incredible.
When asked if there was anything missing from the internship, he revealed that he had nothing to improve. Britto said it was very well received and that everything was paid for by Apple: travel, accommodation, transportation and everything. He further revealed that a trainee there is very well paid.
At the end of his internship, he was still offered a job, but he refused because he did not want to work away from home (in France) and because he wanted to create his own company. Still, as soon as he added the internship at Apple to his LinkedIn page, several large companies contacted him.
Finally, Britto shared some ideas for those who want to try to join Apple as an intern:
The way I started the internship was difficult, but it is also one of the most likely to succeed if you are a software engineer like me. It was difficult because Apple's open source projects are often huge and have a steep learning curve. I was fortunate to have four months full time to do this (my internship in France in 2007). But getting involved with Apple's open source projects is a very possible way to succeed because few people go ahead until they actually contribute to the projects; and if you do, you're noticed by the team inside Apple and this is your chance. So, my advice: find an open source project that you like, work hard on it, and be pleasant and useful. Eventually it will work and, in addition, you will learn a lot.
The entire interview is available in English on the Fast Company.
So, #party stage at Apple? #I want to! ?
(via The Mac Observer)