Insights from our first Verizon Virtual Internship Class of 2020.

By: Verizon Careers

This year’s interns got creative to show their school spirit while working on cool projects, all virtually!

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This summer, 450+ students from Verizon and Verizon Media Group made Verizon history as our first class of virtual interns

In our unprecedented times, these bright minds used their creativity, enthusiasm, and smarts to work on high-impact projects that delivered exceptional results — and they did all this in our new work from home normal.

How did everything come together, you may ask? We made the experience highly enriching and fulfilling by using teleconferencing tools to make the virtual internship fun, engaging and collaborative.

Our 2020 class of virtual interns worked on exciting projects across the business, ranging from product development, artificial intelligence and machine learning, to engineering, user experience and data analytics. 

Plus, our interns got to learn all about Verizon through ‘Virtual Fireside Chats’ with our senior leaders who gave them an inside look into their teams.

Throughout the program, we kept an eye out for those who went above and beyond their roles and responsibilities, aiming to bring back returning interns and those we’d consider as full-time campus hires who we believe would strengthen our V Team. 

I’m so thankful to this group of virtual interns who really stepped up to contribute to the conversation, ask great questions of our senior leaders, and remained engaged while having fun along the way.

Maya F., Verizon Intern Experience Manager

Maya and team worked to create a highly engaging and interactive experience for our interns  through thematic weeks with our interns, sharing photos centered on school spirit, home office setups, pets, virtual volunteerism, Throwback Thursdays and Fresh Air Fridays.


Besides getting firsthand experience in their desired fields, our interns also learned about social responsibility – one of Verizon's core values — and participated in various virtual volunteer events such as BOLD Walk for Racial Injustice, NAF: Walk, Run, Bike, Dance, Exercise for Future Leaders in STEM and Zooniverse Snapshot Safari.

Verizon's international interns sound off. 

Our international interns have also had an eventful internship season. In Dublin, Ireland, interns work with Verizon for a total of six months. In light of the global pandemic, our team worked quickly to accommodate this group of interns and set them up for success. Learn more about how our team created a successful virtual internship program in Ireland and check out what this year's interns had to say about their experience: 

"Everybody has genuinely been exceptionally friendly and helpful. I would recommend this program to any developer seeking experience with true professionals. The standards and practices followed by the dev teams here have been enlightening when it comes to making development as easy as possible." - Tom K., RevealField 

"I really enjoyed my internship. I was not expecting to get as much out of the six months as I did. I would highly recommend this internship program. Verizon is a company where everyone is friendly, always willing to help, and there are great opportunities to grow and develop." - Ciara M., Application Support

"Verizon is a progressive and modern company of talented and friendly people who will see you grow into a skilled professional. You'll enjoy every part of the process." - Robin M., Connected Products

Now that our first virtual internship program is in the history books, it’s time to begin preparing for next summer. Explore internships and job opportunities for college students at Verizon.

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