Working for Expedia Group this summer has been an amazing experience! Everyone in the company is willing to help and answer any questions that you might have. The environment is very collaborative and although my internship was virtual, it was still very social and enjoyable. It was great working on a project which gave me the opportunity to take some responsibility, but still have the space to learn and take up on other work as well.
As mentioned in my previous answer, everyone in Expedia is very collaborative and friendly. My colleagues and team mates were amazing and made me feel very much welcome in the team that I was in and in the company overall. The Early Careers Team also organised many events on Learning and meetings with some of the Leaders of the company and this really added value to my experience, as everyone was very outgoing. We were also reminded that interns add great value to the company and it was a great experience overall!
Throughout the whole course of my internship, I knew that I could reach out to my manager, or to the manager of my team and ask any questions I had, or talk to them about any issues, or projects that I have heard about. Whenever I was stuck on a problem that I didn't know how to solve, I knew that I could reach out to my manager or buddy, and they would help me find a solution, or head me in the correct direction.
I would say that in the majority of the time, the amount of work I had to do was balanced and never too much, or way too stressful. I am the type of person, who would stay at work as long as there is something to do, so this is why I would say that the balance was quite good. I liked that I had meetings with different teams almost every day because that also helped me learn a lot while diversifying the project work I had.
I was given a lot of responsibility with the type of project I had, as it involved changing a lot of the existing implementations we had. However, I liked the fact that there was always some type of a safety net before finalizing the changes - someone else checking what I had done, discussing the changes with my manager, comparisons, etc. I would say that, as an intern, this was the perfect balance of how much responsibility one should have.
This internship taught me how to take more responsibility and that there are no silly questions (and even if they are, most of the time, people would be happy to explain the situation). In lectures, we are always encouraged to ask questions, but I have felt nervous most of the times. This summer, I learned how to ask questions which add value to the discussion. Moreover, I am certain that my problem-solving and multitasking skills have improved greatly - something I was looking forward to!
My internship was very organised - from the start (or even before starting), I knew what my main project was and what other things I was going to helping with. this made it very easy to create a plan and organise the work I had to do! Moreover, the Early Careers Team had added a structure to the internship overall by organising weekly intern social and learning series to collaborate and learn with others while enjoying the work we do in Expedia Group!
I was greatly (in the very positive sense) surprised when I realised that apart from our weekly intern learning series (examples include mental wealth, allyship, personal branding), there were also company-wide learning sessions on how to be anti-racist and how to keep our mindsets high during a pandemic. Moreover, we also had many opportunities for more technical learning sessions which related more to the work we had to do, e.g. trainings on different coding languages and enhancements of our already existing knowledge.
Working from home
Expedia Group is a large company with many opportunities for development. I believe that people can switch between teams and learn even more if they are in the company for long enough. Being part of a collaborative and friendly team is very important for me and I think that Expedia Group definitely offers that while also having the opportunity to work in a global company with people who all have passion for travel and change.
Yes, definitely! I did my internship during the outbreak of a pandemic when the travel sector was one of the areas of businesses which were affected the most, but even then Expedia found ways for its employees to socialise and get involved with local communities. Social-distanced volunteering opportunities will be offered for a whole month this year and everyone is encouraged to join! There are also some great online games and social which run throughout the month and give you the chance to socialise and meet new people!
Internship (1-4 Months)
Business Analytics, Travel and Tourism, Business Analytics, Travel and Tourism
26th August 2020