You are treated like a full-time Employee from day one. You get to work on real projects and produce real results. All of your work is valued. Not only that, but you get to work with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. They are there to help you and guide you, and they want you to succeed. Additionally, as a part of the internship program, you get to meet ~100 other interns, some of whom I can guarantee you will become best friends with. The internship program breeds great people and thus great friendships. Finally, everyone' s favorite perk, you get to fly for free and travel the country. You get to see and experience new things with new people, and it is SO fun.
It can be exhausting, because you’re working all week and traveling every weekend (if you choose) – this is barely a dislike, though, as traveling was 100% worth it in my opinion.
Advice to Potential Interns
Southwest is a great company to work for. The hours can be long and the work can be stressful, but in the end it’s all worth it. It’s worth it because you work hard, but you play hard, and you do it all with great people who always have your back. The culture of Southwest that you read about in textbooks is alive and real, and it’s so fun to be a part of. I will say that it can be hard to get a full-time job at Southwest – it’s very competitive – but if you show up, do great work, take initiative and really prove yourself, they’ll do their absolute best to keep you.
Advice to Management
Southwest could offer more vacation time to new Employees. It’s a tease to have flight benefits but only a few days of vacation, especially as an Employee who works in Headquarters and has a M-F 8:00-5:00 job.
Sample Interview Questions
1. Why Southwest?
2. How do you work in a Team?