Life as an Intern at Snapchat

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I recently completed a four month internship at Snapchat in Los Angeles.  During these four months, I had many awesome adventures, learned lots, ate delicious food, and met some fantastic people.  Here is a glimpse into my life at Los Angeles in pictures!

(Edit: Refer to my Quora post for a description of what I actually worked on at Snapchat.)

There were three other interns working at Snapchat with me from the University of Waterloo.  We ended up finding a sweet place to live together in a neighbourhood called Marina Del Rey.

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Our place was a 7 minute bike ride to work, and it was also one block away from the beach.


We biked or walked to work everyday in gorgeous weather.

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What did we do at the office?

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We ate cake.

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Moar cake.

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And snacks of course.

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Had some regular food as well.

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Burned off those calories by playing some basketball!

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Took a break from work by walking along the Venice Beach Boardwalk – it was only a block away!

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We got to see some celebrities filming.. Ken Jeong (Chang from The Hangover) and David Hasselhoff!


Watched the sunset (:

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Had some fun with Snapcash.


Got a custom office geofilter for my birthday!

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And we had tons of fun at the Holiday Party!

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We did some actual work as well (I swear!), but unfortunately I don’t have any interesting pictures of me coding at my desk ):

What did we do at the the Intern House?

We named our place the “Intern House”, and we even made a custom Snapchat geofilter for it!


Here is a typical morning at the Intern House:


We made some pretty delicious breakfast.


And chocolate fondue!

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We had a weekend full of arts and crafts!  We had a pretty messy house during that time:

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We made Snapchat-icon halloween costumes.

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And made decorations for a coworker’s birthday!

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We ended up having extra balloons.. so we just blew them all up.


What did we do on weekends?

We had around 16 weekends during our internship; none of which we wanted to waste!  We tried to make the most out of all the free time we had, so here are some of the random adventures we had!

We visited Universal Studios,

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and Six Flags Magic Mountain (twice).

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The Griffith Observatory offered a fantastic view of LA and of the Hollywood sign!

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The Getty Center had some pretty cool buildings and a beautiful garden. And it was free to get in!


We went to Legoland.

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Bought lego from Legoland.


Built the lego that we bought from Legoland.

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3000+ pieces later..

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We had to take advantage of living close to the beach, so we learned to surf!

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We flew up to Berkeley for a weekend for a hackathon.

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We took a weekend trip to Palm Springs.


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For Thanksgiving, we made a delicious home cooked turkey.

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And of course did some black friday shopping!

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Went snowboarding. (Yes there is snow in California!)

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Played some poker.

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Went rock climbing at Sender One!

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Decorated cakes.

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Ate the cakes. Noms.

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Visited some friends in Seattle!

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Watched a JT concert.

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Went to a Hello Kitty Convention.. because why not.

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Ended off with a trip to Vegas!

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Thank you to everyone who made my experience at Snapchat and LA incredible. 🙂