University to the Workplace: One International Student's Journey to Finding the Right Career at Wayfair

This article is part of our "Employee Spotlight" series where we speak to and highlight some of the wonderful people who make up the Wayfair team.


When it comes to thinking about your professional future – the type of work you want to do or field you want to work in – another important consideration is the type of company you want to work for. Do you prefer smaller, startup-like companies? How about larger, more established institutions? And what about the kind of company culture that fits you best, as each place is unique? For students, a co-op program can be the perfect way to “try on” different roles and companies, offering valuable insight into the places that make you feel like you can shine your brightest.

For Cristina Rodriguez Gutierrez, an Analtyics Product and Project Management Co-op, Wayfair turned out to be exactly what she was looking for: “There are many reasons why I chose Wayfair for my co-op, but the most important ones are: the amazing growth the company has experienced in the past few years, the opportunities for growth within the company, the amazing company culture, the huge technology focus that the company has, and their openness towards immigrants and international students.”

Cristina, who is originally from Spain, is an international master’s student at Northeastern University, where she majors in Project Management with a concentration in Agile methodologies. In her experience, she “...felt especially welcomed at Wayfair because of the high number of international employees. I recently joined the LatinX community at Wayfair, where I can share experiences with my fellow Spanish colleagues. It has been an amazing experience!”

As for her day-to-day responsibilities, Cristina is given the freedom and opportunity to make a direct contribution to her team – gaining valuable hands-on experience in the process. “Being a co-op at Wayfair means being treated like a full-time employee,” Cristina says. “I have always felt like any other member of the team. They trust me with important responsibilities and always accept my ideas and opinions.”

“It is so nice,” Cristina adds, “to come to work every day and enjoy such a healthy and friendly environment where people work so hard and also know how to have fun.”

Interested in opportunities for students at Wayfair? Check out our Students page to see what’s available. Want to work at Wayfair? Head over to our Careers page to see our open roles. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to get a look at life at Wayfair and see what it’s like to be part of our growing team.