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How To Land an Intuit Internship and What To Expect From the Program

by | Jan 28, 2021 | Internships

Intuit is a financial technology (FinTech) company with an extensive internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. They hire both technical and non-technical interns across all of the company’s departments. You can apply for internships in software engineering, visual design, business operations, and so much more. 

The goal of the Intuit internship program is to find early talent and recruit them to work for the company full-time. Essentially, this program can serve as a direct path to full-time employment after graduation. But to get there, you’ll need to ace the application and interview process, and discover what it takes to succeed at the company. Here’s a look at Intuit and their internship requirements. 

What Is Intuit?

Intuit is a FinTech company — they make financial software that helps clients manage their transactions and accounts. The company has four cornerstone brands, each producing a different financial software. The brands include: 

  • QuickBooks: a bookkeeping software that helps small businesses manage their accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • ProConnect: a professional grade tax software that helps accountants connect with their clients. 
  • TurboTax: a personal tax software that helps individuals correctly file their tax return. 
  • Mint: a personal finance app that allows users to set budgets, control their spending, and view all their financial accounts in one place. 

Intuit’s mission is to power prosperity around the world. They’re dedicated to helping customers find more financial freedom through better money management, and helping them spend less time worrying about finances and more time working on what they’re passionate about.

The company is based in Mountain View, California, just outside of San Francisco. But they also have offices in San Diego, California and Tucson, Arizona. 

The Intuit Internship Program

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Intuit’s interns participate in a 10-12 week summer internship program. It’s a paid program designed to give students an idea of what it’s like to work there full time. As an intern, you can discover whether a full-time job with Intuit would be a good fit for you after graduation, and Intuit can decide whether you’re a good fit for a full-time position. 

Check out our interview with Gabrielle Woody, a member of Intuit’s university recruitment team, to get the inside scoop on how they make these hiring decisions. 

How To Apply

You can apply for an Intuit internship on their career site. The majority of the available internships take place at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, but you can also find roles in their San Diego and Tucson offices.

Make sure to reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn and apply early. Intuit’s recruiters start looking for qualified summer interns as early as September of the previous year. 

How To Make Your Application Stand Out

Intuit wants to see that you’re passionate about their company and the role you’re applying for. Don’t submit a cookie cutter resume. Instead, write your resume so that it shows that you understand the company’s core values (more on these below) and you read the job description carefully.

Highlight any experience that shows you’re data driven, you’re a good team player, you have leadership experience, or you’ve volunteered and given back to your community. 

What To Expect From the Interview Process

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The interview process for the Intuit internship program is rigorous, and it will vary depending on whether you’re applying for a technical or non-technical role. However, interviewees for both types of roles will take part in a behavioral interview where an Intuit team member will ask you questions using the STAR method. 

In the STAR method of interviewing, your interviewer will ask you to talk about a time when you faced a certain type of situation. For example, they might ask you to tell them about a time when you faced a major setback on a project you were working on. They’ll want you to explain what the setback was, how you reacted, and what your outcome was. 

The goal of this interview is to see how well you connect with Intuit’s core values. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the core values we outline below. Then, prepare for your STAR interview by brainstorming your responses to common questions ahead of time. 

In addition to the behavioral interview, here’s what you can expect from the rest of the interview process, based on the role you’re applying to. 

Technical Roles 

Many students on the tech side don’t realize that coding challenges are a big part of the hiring process for these roles. If you’re a computer science student applying to work as a data science or software engineer intern, your interview process will start with a coding challenge. Prepare ahead of time using LeetCode or HackerRank.

Once you pass the challenge, you’ll move on to a live interview with a software engineer. The engineer will talk to you about your first challenge, and ask you to explain the algorithms you used and the decisions you made. Then the engineer will give you a second challenge — this time, you’ll explain your thought process to the engineer out loud as you work through the problem. 

If you pass that interview with flying colors, you’ll move on to the 30-minute behavioral interview. If the engineer has some reservations, you’ll go through a 75-minute interview with two more engineers. This interview will include an additional coding challenge and your STAR method behavioral interview. 

Non-Technical Roles 

For non-technical internships, the interview process will start with a phone screening with a company recruiter. The recruiter will want to learn more about your background and experience. 

If the phone screening goes well, you’ll move on to a final, 75-minute interview. During these 75 minutes, you’ll meet with two people from the department you’re applying to. You’ll undergo the behavioral interview and be given a case study. 

The case study will present a problem related to the role you’re applying for. You’ll work through the problem, and then present your solution to the team. The team will want to hear your thought process and understand how you came to your solution. 

Intuit’s Core Values

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Intuit is a values-driven company. Employees, including interns, are hired based on how well their personal and professional values match Intuit’s core values. Here are the values you’ll need to embody while working there: 

  • Winning together: This value is all about teamwork. Intuit wants to know you’ll be a supportive part of the team and help motivate your co-workers. Teammates are invested in each other’s and Intuit’s success. 
  • Learning fast: At Intuit, you’re allowed to take risks, make mistakes, and fail as long as you learn from your failures and use what you’ve learned to mentor your peers. 
  • Taking feedback: The ability to take feedback is an important part of learning. You’ll get feedback once a week throughout your internship program. 
  • Being bold: You shouldn’t be afraid to take risks even if those risks might end in failure. 
  • Delivering awesome: Everyone at Intuit takes pride in the product they’re working on. As part of the team, you’re expected to do everything you can to ensure a good end-to-end experience for customers. 
  • Giving back: Intuit believes in giving back to the community. As one of the perks of interning, you’ll get eight hours of paid time off to volunteer. 
  • Practicing integrity without compromise: Intuit values being transparent. Don’t be afraid to admit it if you make a mistake. 

What It’s Like To Intern at Intuit 

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Intuit wants to make it easier for interns of all backgrounds to succeed in their program. To ensure interns can focus on their job, they try to alleviate outside stressors. Any intern who lives 51 miles or more from Intuit’s offices gets free housing and a car for the summer so they don’t have to worry about finding expensive housing in the Bay Area. 

When you start your internship at Intuit, you’ll pick two core values that you’d like to develop. You’ll also have personal goals and business goals to work on throughout your summer internship. At weekly check-ins with your manager, you’ll talk about those goals and how your performance is measuring up. 

As we mentioned, the purpose of Intuit’s internship program is to make full-time job offers to interns who succeed. Interns are never caught off guard if they’re not going to get a job offer. If you’re not on track to land a full-time job, you can work with your manager and mentor, attend bootcamps, and take extra trainings to reach your goal. 

Throughout the program, you’ll have access to mentors, buddies, and senior leadership. You’ll attend meetings with directors and vice presidents, and you can pick up the phone or send an email to anyone in any department who you’d like to reach out to.

You’ll also have access to employee resource groups. Intuit has 11 employee resource groups designed to promote diversity and inclusion. Resource groups host both fun and educational programs. Recent programs have included a disability awareness training, mental health 101, and a women in tech event. All employees go through inclusion training, and managers have inclusive facilitation training to make sure everyone is heard in the workplace.

Follow Your Internship Intuition 

The Intuit internship is a competitive program. But the company’s dedication to hiring interns full-time after graduation means this could be the start of a promising career. 

Intuit places a big emphasis on their company values. So, before you apply, ask yourself: What are your values? 

If your answer lines up with Intuit’s, then you may have found your future career. If not, browse internship opportunities at other major companies to find the one that’s right for you. 

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