As a college student, you always hear how important it is to make connections and start laying the groundwork for your career. Whether you’re meeting with professors during office hours or working a side gig to gain experience, there are many ways to improve your skills and build a network. One of the most effective methods is an internship.
With internships, you can develop new skills and leave a lasting mark to get hired for a full-time position or connect to new opportunities that will propel your career forward. If you want to work at one of the top firms in Silicon Valley, a Salesforce internship is a great place to start.
Learn more about the application process at Salesforce, plus what recruiters are looking for in candidates. With this guide, you’ll get insider tips from executives and discover what it’s like to intern at Salesforce.
Basics of Salesforce Internships
Salesforce is a large enterprise software company — like Microsoft, Google, and Apple — with headquarters in Silicon Valley. It’s consistently ranked on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. The company offers a wide range of opportunities for engineering interns, project management interns, marketing interns, and sales interns. Salesforce runs a robust hiring strategy to recruit research scientists and engineers in AI, machine learning, computer vision, and more.
The company’s summer internship program, known as Futureforce, offers internship opportunities in tech, sales, marketing, product, customer success, research, and engineering. Open internship opportunities are listed on the Salesforce website and can be filtered based on location, both internationally and in the United States. You’ll find opportunities everywhere from San Francisco, Reston, and New York City to Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Brazil.
Since the beginning of the Futureforce program, Salesforce has hired more than 5,000 interns. Of those interns, 80% are offered full-time or part-time positions. The company provides programs tailored specifically for interns, new grads, and research roles.
On our podcast, we spoke with Suzana DelliSanti and Grace Yeung to get more insight on how to successfully apply to a Salesforce internship and what it’s like to intern there. Suzana is SVP of Global Futureforce Recruiting at Salesforce where she focuses on finding next-generation talent and using non-traditional marketing efforts to secure top talent.
Grace is a product manager intern who is learning to build intelligent next-generation tooling for the production engineering team. While Suzana offered insights into what the company looks for in interns and how interns can navigate the application process, Grace provided first-hand insight into what it’s like to intern at Salesforce. Here’s what they had to say.
Salesforce Internship Application Process
To start the application process, visit Salesforce.com or reach out to a recruiter or headhunter from the company. You can do this by attending job and internship fairs at your college or university. You can also reach out to Salesforce recruiters online via LinkedIn.
Whether you apply online or meet with a recruiter on campus, you’ll fill out an application outlining your work history, skills, and relevant educational experience. Qualified applicants will usually be completing a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree.
The remainder of the Salesforce application process depends largely on the internship you’re applying to. Most of the company’s internship programs are highly competitive and the application process will test your resilience and mindset. In general, the application process will involve an initial phone screening with a recruiter. If you pass this phase, you’ll need to complete a challenge or assessment. For technical roles, this may include a HackerRank code assessment that examines your technical skills.
If the hiring manager feels your pre-screen information and assessment results are up to par, you’ll get an interview with a relevant manager. These interviews may be held in person at the Salesforce Tower or they may be conducted virtually. The interview will consist of behavioral and product questions. The questions are designed to test your problem-solving skills, knowledge about the company, and how you can play a role in improving Salesforce’s offerings.
Applying to an internship job posting can be stressful, whether you’re looking to work in software engineering, business development, computer science, information technology, or customer success. Fortunately, we have some insight into what Salesforce wants in interns so you can give yourself the best shot at landing the gig.
What Salesforce Looks for in Interns
At Salesforce, four core values — trust, customer success, innovation, and equality — govern just about everything. These values are among the main qualities recruiters look for in applicants. They are looking for trustworthy candidates who can take accountability for projects and their impact on the company.
Applicants should be dedicated to innovation and consistently strive to improve the company and its services. The company is committed to equality for all regardless of sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, social class, race, and so on. Consider how you demonstrate these values in your schoolwork, work experience, and your day-to-day life. Express these core values when talking with recruiters and demonstrate how your work furthers these values.
Along with these core values, Salesforce also looks for applicants who have a beginner’s mind. Simply put, they’re looking for applicants who approach new situations as a learning experience. They want to see that you’re focused on growth and making changes that propel your projects forward be it in a classroom or a work setting.
Many of Salesforce’s internship programs are designed for those with technical backgrounds, including software engineers, finance engineers, and analyst engineers. For tech-based roles, you should possess core technical domain knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals. Your coursework or work experience should indicate some familiarity with the relevant technical aspects.
What It’s Like to Intern at Salesforce
Interns at Salesforce work on real-life problems. They’re not relegated to running errands or doing simple tasks and waiting for the clock to hit 5 o’clock. If you land an internship at Salesforce, you can expect to work on challenging projects that will make a difference at the company. The program is designed to have interns leave the internship at the end of the program feeling like they’ve left a mark on the core DNA of Salesforce.
With an intern job at Salesforce, you’ll have extensive networking opportunities to meet other interns and team members as well as learn from managers and executives. You can meet with stakeholders, ask questions, and collaborate with colleagues from different departments. The company hosts executive speaker sessions where interns can meet executives and learn more about their career journeys, gain inspiration, and get advice. You’ll also get fun perks like Uber Eats credits and happy hours (both virtual and in-person) with fellow interns.
The internship experience at Salesforce also emphasizes transparency and visibility. The company hosts discussions on how to promote equality at work. Such discourse focuses on how interns, managers, and the company at large can work together to promote a more fair and just world.
It’s Time to Land an Internship
At Scholars, we help students find and land internships in a variety of areas. Students can easily sign up to connect with internship opportunities. Plus, you can create a profile on our site so recruiters can find and approach you with relevant opportunities. You can also check out our blog filled with insider tips on how to get an internship and what qualities recruiters are typically looking for in candidates.
You can also listen to our podcast, The Internship Show for more advice on internship opportunities and what it’s like to work as an intern at companies like Shopify, Kraft Heinz, and Quicken Loans. Whether you’re in marketing, finance, or a technical role, you’re sure to find something that can help you lay the foundation for an exceptional career.