My Remote Summer Internship at Lyft

Daphne Liu
The Startup
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9 min readAug 11, 2020

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at Lyft? What a remote internship looks like? I’ve been getting lots of questions, and I’m here to share my experiences from my Lyft summer 2020 internship.

This summer, I had the opportunity to complete an 8-week internship at Lyft. Towards the end of my internship, I spoke on the Intern AMA webinar to share about my experience with ~250 prospective interns. Alongside 3 other Lyfterns (Lyft interns!), we covered topics such as company culture, application process, mentorship, and more.

Lyft Intern AMA Webinar

After the webinar, I received many LinkedIn messages with follow-up questions and coffee chat requests. I was happy to answer the questions, as I was just in their shoes applying for internships last year. I started seeing common themes between the questions I received. So, I decided to consolidate my answers here for students who didn’t attend the Webinar. I collected questions through a LinkedIn post, and I will make my best attempt to address them here!

How was your internship?

I really enjoyed my experience! I took ownership of projects, grew as a front-end developer, and connected with my manager and mentor. My team is based in San Francisco and I worked from Vancouver due to COVID. Despite working remotely, the quality of the internship was the same as any of my past internships. We were offered a thorough onboarding process, intern events to connect with other interns, and “lunch & learn”s to ask questions to executives, such as Lyft’s co-founders, Logan Green and John Zimmer.

My favorite part of my internship was my autonomy. Instead of being handed a project, my manager reached out prior to the internship with a list of potential ideas. I had a say in what I wanted to learn and picked one that aligned with my goals. In my project, I was encouraged to make architectural and design decisions and propose ideas outside the scope. My manager’s manager even shared my work with the head of our organization! My experience was not a one-off case — all the interns work on projects with direct business impact.

How was it like to intern remotely?

Working in the office offers the automatic face-time that remote work just can’t equate. Without the…

Daphne Liu
The Startup

Software Engineer @ Lyft | Prev Yelp, Shopify | |