Check out what Karen Kong did over the summer at Facebook!

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Summer Member Spotlight 11

Our eleventh Summer Member Spotlight highlights Karen Kong at Facebook! This will be the last of our weekly Summer Member Spotlight but don't worry! We will be continuing highlighting the awesome things ACM members do on a monthly basis. If you've been up to some crazy things and want to share, get it touch with us!

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About Karen

Karen at Facebook

Hey folks! I’m Karen, a rising junior majoring in Computer Science at UCR. I am so incredibly grateful for my Facebook University software engineering internship this summer at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

What's the intern program like?

Facebook University is an immersive program for rising sophomores and juniors from underrepresented communities in engineering, business, and analytics. The first three weeks consisted of Codepath training in mobile development. During the last five weeks, we worked on teams of three to develop a mobile application from scratch. My team created an anonymous messaging app that helps Facebook friends with opposing viewpoints find common ground through conversations around topics.

What did you like about Facebook?

Everyone at Facebook has been very friendly and supportive. There hasn’t been a morning when less than two people have wished me a good morning before I even get to my desk. The software engineers are extremely intelligent and open to answering any questions. Our awesome manager oriented us in the right direction when we created new features and gave us plenty of constructive feedback. The office has an open floor plan to encourage collaboration, which means desks are placed in groups across the floor instead of inside individual cubicles. My team’s desks were right next to each other, which made discussing design decisions and debugging together effortless.

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And there’s a plethora of photo opportunities.


The executives regularly host talks and Q&As. It was really inspiring and motivating to hear in person from Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Brian Acton, and Ari Grant among others. The recruiting team also coordinated fun events nearly every week for the interns, including a field day, summer festival, and Giant’s game.

As you can probably tell by now from this glowing review, this summer at Facebook, with the people, activities, and fast-paced work environment, has been the most amazing experience and I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything.

If you’re interested in Facebook, the first step is to build up your resume. Differentiate yourself from the rest of your class. Get some work experience. Create some personal projects. Add these to your resume, highlighting the impacts you made. Ask for feedback from professionals and recruiters and use it to improve your resume. Then, go for it and apply.

Check out the Facebook events on our campus during the school year to gain perspective on the company and reach out to the cool people that work there.