Ricky works as an Intern at AWS as a DCEO (Data Center Engineering Operations) and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
HereAtAWS: Why did you apply for an Internship at AWS?
Ricky: It seemed like a great opportunity to up-skill and move into a new field.
HereAtAWS: How did you hear about AWS Internships?
Ricky: I had previously registered my interest in working for AWS in a previous role, and when a similar role that matched my profile came up a recruiter contacted me.
HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your role as an Intern?
Ricky: The structure and nature of the internship means that you are constantly learning new skills and seeing the daily operations of a data center. During the first 14 weeks of your internship, you have the opportunity to observe some of the maintenance procedures and learn all about the different systems used.. Overall, you receive a varied set of training preparing you for your role.
HereAtAWS: What is your biggest takeaway from your internship here?
Ricky: It’s never too late to change career or up-skill!
HereAtAWS: What makes being an intern at AWS different from anywhere else?
Ricky: Being an Intern at AWS is a very hands-on role. We learn by doing, not just watching. The hands-on experience was a great way to gain the knowledge needed for my position within AWS.
HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Ricky: As a DCEO I oversee the day-to-day operation of the data center, I am part of a team responsible for keeping the data center running smoothly to deliver on our promise to customers.
HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills (technical or soft) for your role?
Ricky: I’ve had to learn new computer skills to fit into my role. As an electrician, I have also had to learn the mechanical side of the cooling systems used inside the Data Halls, which was previously outside my area of expertise.
HereAtAWS: At work, are you involved in any activities outside of your role?
Ricky: Two of Amazon’s Leadership Principles are to learn and be curious, and hire and develop the best. Therefore, I am currently working towards getting involved with the training of new hires.
HereAtAWS: What’s the most challenging part of your role as an Intern?
Ricky: Learning skills outside of my previous skill set was challenging but also highly rewarding.
HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Ricky: Casual, interesting, rewarding.
HereAtAWS: What do you love to do outside work?
Ricky: Reading and photography would be two of my biggest interests outside of work.