Interns & The Business: Mutual Beneficiaries


At Spotify, our early profession programming is designed to be affirmative for rising expertise, in addition to contributing to reaching our enterprise targets on a world scale. And this 12 months we’ve been much more devoted to the return on funding in every program, each from the scholar’s and Spotify’s perspective. 

Internships create an area for college students to achieve sensible expertise, be uncovered to subject material specialists in college students’ fields of curiosity, and develop industry-specific abilities. They are such an essential instrument for constructing a community and kick-starting a profession. And simply as essential as they’re for thus many college students world wide, they’re equally essential to us. 

What Do Interns Bring To Our Business?

Our internships assist us to establish and nurture potential future staff, and we discover that interns typically carry new concepts, views, and approaches to our work. Our interns’ recent insights contribute to innovation and assist us keep aggressive. 

Diversity can be fostered by way of our internships by attracting candidates from totally different backgrounds, cultures, universities and organizations. Additionally, the optimistic experiences of scholars collaborating in our internship program has enhanced our status as an employer of alternative and improved our model picture. Not solely have we acquired accolades and gained awards, interns constantly have optimistic experiences with us and consequently are wanting to share their story and suggest Spotify to others.

What Happens During A Spotify Summer Internship?

Spotify’s Global Summer Internship Program stays the flagship initiative of our Early Career choices. This 12 months, we provided every intern a 10-13 week hybrid function from June by way of September in one in every of a number of workplaces throughout Europe, the US, and Asia. 

Offering a hybrid expertise, gives us entry to a broader pool of expertise and attain into areas we probably wouldn’t have been in a position to rent from. As a consequence, we welcomed 161 interns from world wide with over 50% figuring out as feminine globally and 60% of these within the US figuring out as being a part of an underrepresented group. 

The actual program for every individual varies as they’re totally embedded into the work their groups are doing and so they make vital contributions to the enterprise total. Our interns work on initiatives corresponding to generative AI for copywriting and advertisements, viewers insights, driving consumer engagement, media plans and a lot extra. 

Introducing Interns To Our Culture

Beyond their day-to-day work, our interns are provided a number of actions that present them with alternatives to community with their intern friends from totally different groups and international locations. This was particularly essential as we have been operating a hybrid program with interns primarily based everywhere in the globe.

We additionally acknowledge that we simply wouldn’t be Spotify if we didn’t incorporate one in every of our most fulfilling values: being playful, into our internship program! That’s why in addition to biweekly digital fikas (a staple espresso break in Swedish tradition), we ran a particular program of enjoyable and interactive actions solely for our intern class, and everybody was invited to affix our annual celebration: SpotiFEST.

In addition, this summer season we introduced a brand new providing and paired interns with present GenZ Spotifiers for mentorship. Interns discovered it beneficial to acquire teaching and steering from those that have been just lately of their footwear and created a profitable profession path for themselves. Additionally, our GenZ Spotifiers loved mentoring and interacting with our interns, fostering a way of engagement and satisfaction whereas being provided a management and improvement alternative. 

Furthermore, we curated a summer season speaker sequence solely for our interns to broaden their views and assist them be taught from skilled professionals. They heard from numerous leaders throughout Spotify all whereas having the chance to instantly ask them real-time questions. 

And lastly, in direction of the tip of the Summer internship, we are going to host digital demo days to present interns a possibility to showcase all of their exhausting work carried out over the summer season. While interns are afforded the chance to current their accomplishments, they be taught extra concerning the firm by way of viewing their fellow interns’ shows as nicely. 

These actions assist interns construct connections and set up relationships with their intern friends and fellow Spotifiers. And extra importantly, they assist foster a way of group and make the interns really feel extra snug and have one of the best expertise with Spotify.

Closing Out The Summer Internship

At the beginning of our internship planning course of, we got down to give one of the best expertise and a memorable summer season internship, in addition to to transform a portion of them into full time staff. We did simply that. Additionally, upon surveying our interns and hiring managers, we discovered that each teams have been overwhelmingly happy with their expertise and the standard of the internship program. 

As we start to shut out the internship program for this Summer, as at all times, we are going to take time to mirror on the previous few months and establish areas of alternative to evolve and improve our providing for the summer season forward.  

There’s yet another factor left to do earlier than we get to that analysis stage – and that’s to say a large and heartfelt thanks to all our hiring managers, GenZ mentors, Summer audio system, the People staff, and most significantly, to all of our interns, together with those that are actually beginning and rising their careers with Spotify.


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