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Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the summer!

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I can tie a necktie in 12 different ways!

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
In the summer of 2012, I attended Google BOLD Immersion in Mountain View, California. I applied to Immersion on a whim, to be honest, and thought that Google sounded like an awesome place to work. After my experience at Immersion, I knew that my hunch was spot on. I applied for, and participated in, my first BOLD Internship for the summer of 2013. I am now a returning BOLD intern for the summer of 2014, and I can absolutely say that I’ve had the best three summers of my life since getting involved with this company.

I think the thing that primarily drew me to Google in the first place was the emerging technology. I always imagined myself on the bleeding edge of what’s possible, and no company embodies this as much as Google. From self-driving cars to computers in our glasses, Google has continually changed the landscape of technology for the last 15 years, and I always wanted to be a part of that innovation.

Michael at BOLD Immersion 2012

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I’m working with Product Quality Operations (PQO). That’s a long way of saying that we help protect Google products from spam and hacking.

Personally, I’ve been working on a document for PQO analysts that answers common questions on what to do when handling Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Google takes its users’ data very seriously, and as such, many analysts are limited in what data they can draw regarding suspicious accounts. It’s been my job to interview analysts and find out the issues and questions that they have, and then consult with the Privacy Working Group to make sure they are given comprehensive answers.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
The best part about working with my manager is that she’s always ready to give me advice and feedback about how I can do better and grow as an employee and as a person. Whenever I go into my one-on-one meetings with her, I’ll typically ask for feedback and try to find ways to make my workflow more efficient and effective for the team. She’s provided words of wisdom on many different subjects at Google, from how to make a slide deck look great to handling tough questions during a presentation.

So far this summer, my team has been a great resource for mentorship in different areas of Google. They’ve advised me on interesting things to do at the company (such as professional development and enhancement courses), and I always enjoy eating lunch with them.


We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other benefits. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
I love the diversity of career options. I’ve been in contact with many employees here over the past two summers, and what I’ve learned more than anything else is that people at Google aren’t afraid to try something different. Whether it’s taking on a side project you don’t know much about or making a career change and shifting to another team, another department or another part of the globe, Googlers overwhelmingly seem to jump in feet first and are eager to learn and grow in new areas.

What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
My favorite project to work on so far this summer is actually quite different from my main project. Basically, I saw that a budget dashboard was in disrepair and asked my manager if I could work on it. With her support, I proceeded to work steadily on the dashboard and I hope to have it fully functional before I leave this summer.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
Googleyness is the optimism and innovative spirit to take any problem in the world and break it down in such a way that it becomes solvable. The people here are both brilliant and driven, and that’s why Google is able to tackle such giant challenges as a company. Someone who is Googley is great with collaborating with others in pursuit of solutions to complex issues.


If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Just be yourself. There are tons of books you can read on interviews and advice on forums about essay writing, resume building and marketing yourself, but at the end of the day, nothing beats being honest with a recruiter about who you are and where you want to go.

Dream Google office to visit?
Sydney. Because of the beaches. And the opera houses!

Best meal at Google so far?
Cafe Moma’s legendary Applewood Smoked Bacon on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Seriously, I don’t even work in that building and I still make it a point to visit Cafe Moma twice a week.

Best intern event you’ve attended?
This one actually took place last year. Google interns were invited to the premier of The Internship at Kabuki Theatre and afterwards Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn showed up. It was epic!


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1. Interns work on real projects.

Interns work on high level, cutting edge projects--no photocopying for hours or retrieving coffee here! Our interns work on everything from Chrome OS, Google Docs, Google [x], and YouTube. A lot of interns who come back to work in full time roles at Google are surprised to see that the code they created as interns still exists and is being put to use.


2. So much food.

It’s true--interns, along with all other Googlers, receive free meals and snacks every day. That’s right, free breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Our café staff even has to double the amount of food during the summer months to accommodate our growing population of interns. There are around 1.2 million meals served per year worldwide!


3. The conference bikes.

We celebrate collaboration more than anything at Google--even when it comes to pedaling a bike! Interns get a chance to work with their teammates by participating in groups, team outings, and conference bike meetings! Every person on the conference bike has to contribute to making the bike move, so there is no way to sit quietly through this meeting.


4. Awesome guest speakers.

This summer Google NY had the cast of Marvel’s latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, swing by for a Q&A! Not to mention our past visitors, such as Arianna Huffington, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Colbert, and the Parks and Recreation cast. There’s always someone fascinating visiting Google!


5. Dooglers.

Google offices are dog-friendly so you’ll see quite a few canines running around the office. The London office even has a Wall of Fame for a few of the “Dooglers” who visit the office regularly.


6. Dodging Scooters in the office is a daily occurrence.

Our New York office spans an entire city block, which means getting from one meeting to the next can be a little tricky. Hence the scooters! Interns learn quickly how to balance their laptops while scootering around the office.


7. Access to amazing co-workers.

From the head of Search, Amit Singhal, to the head of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, to Peter Norvig, co-author of “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” Google is full of exceptionally smart people from all over the world and from a number of different universities and backgrounds. One of the most valuable aspects of the Google internship is access to these amazing Googlers.


8. You’re too embarrassed to tell your fellow Googlers how many times you’ve gotten lost in the office.

The Google headquarters in Mountain View, California spans over 3.5 million square feet of office space! There are well over 25 different cafeterias, more than 100 micro-kitchens, and seven fitness centers.

Just in case interns get lost, there are a number of landmarks that make the campus unique. You never thought you would give someone directions by saying “turn right at Stan the T-Rex!”


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From Google Glass to Project Loon, Adwords to Docs, our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the summer!

Meet Ryan Drapeau, a rising junior at the University of Washington, majoring in Computer Science. Ryan is a Software Engineering Intern this summer at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View. Outside of his school work, Ryan is an avid photographer and loves experimenting with the different technical aspects of photography (his current obsession is welding glass photography). Originally from Los Angeles, he also enjoys hiking and exploring amazing sites, with his camera in-tow, of course!

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
In high school, I ate sushi for 8 consecutive days (sometimes more than once per day). Concerned for my health, my parents confiscated my wallet to keep me from buying more, unfortunately putting an end to the streak.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google’s mission is to not only improve technology for those who already have it, but to also bring access to those who don’t. When designing a product, it can be easy to limit our scope to our own experiences, but at Google, it is essential to design around the user. Projects like Android One and Loon are bringing access to the world’s information and knowledge to the ~5 billion people around the world without Internet. Innovation does not come from mere 10% improvements - solutions that offer a 10x improvement push the industry and the world forward. This attitude and moonshot thinking is what attracted me to Google.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I work on the Accessibility Engineering team in Google Research in Mountain View, CA. As a team, we build innovative products and solutions to help make the world’s information universally accessible to everyone. We ensure Google’s technologies are accessible in order to empower people with disabilities to be socially engaged, productive, and independent.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
The best part about working with my manager, Phil, is the amount of responsibility and ownership he gives me. I’m treated like any other member of the team and given the opportunity to voice my opinion during meetings. As an intern, it is amazing to have my input be considered and implemented in our project.

Some of the team heading to a meeting

My team is great! Everyone is friendly, welcoming, and extremely helpful. They have made the experience better than I could have imagined. Everyone on the team also knows how to handle a prank, which is good considering the interns ganged up and covered our coworker’s desk with water bottles we had saved up from the entire summer.

170 bottles in every space available (including the drawers)

We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other benefits. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
The people. I’m constantly surrounded by people that are smarter than me and I think that is important. It creates an atmosphere filled with learning and opportunities for improvement. There is an incredible amount of knowledge here and plenty more waiting to be discovered. To be able to be a part of that as an intern is a wonderful experience.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
Being Googley, to me, means to not be afraid. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for help. Don’t be afraid to tackle problems too big for one person. Don’t be afraid to be curious. Having an audacious attitude is Googley.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
The biggest piece of advice I could give is to have passion and drive. Studying and memorizing data structures can only get you so far. To really succeed, find your niche within computer science and technology. Find out what inspires you in the field and industry at large and follow it. The more passionate you are about your work, the more you will accomplish.

But it doesn’t hurt to memorize these either.

Best meal at Google so far?
Any meal involving sushi (KitchenSync and Atom regularly serve it).

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
When I can, I love to get outdoors and use my camera. Photography is a visual poetry in my mind; it’s a hobby where I can spend many hours trying to get a single shot. Some of my most memorable nights last year were spent editing photos until sunrise with a close friend. Whether I am shooting long exposures of Snoqualmie Falls, or trying to show my friend how to balance during a levitation pose, I enjoy every frame of it.

"Levitation"

Best overheard conversation in a MK/cafe/elevator
I had a conversation with some Googlers about the possibility of the universe being a part of a Matrix-like simulation. Most people would laugh it off, but we had a serious debate about whether or not it would be theoretically possible.

Dream Google office to visit?
Google Zürich because working in a ski lift for a day sounds pretty great.


Best intern event you’ve attended?
The Intern Boat Cruise - I cannot think of a better way of meeting other interns than on a boat dressed in your finest 80’s clothes.


Want to learn more about internships at Google? Check out our Student Careers Site. Additionally, follow Google Students on Google+ and use the hashtag #googleinterns to keep up with Intern Insights this summer.



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Google has interns in cities all over the world this summer. Take a look at this list of 11 cities with Google interns to give you a taste of how each of these locations contributes to Google’s multifaceted and unique culture.

11. Sydney, AU

Our Sydney office, the greenest building in Sydney, sits on the waterfront in Pyrmont with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, and Darling Harbour. Inside, you’ll find a "living wall" made of plants, a tire swing, a library with a nap pod, and some amazing coffee machines. When interns really need a break, they check out a kayak or one of our electric cars (Mitsubishi I-MiEVs).


10. Dublin, IE

This Google office embraces Dublin’s unique Irish culture with graffiti murals and classic scenes from Irish folklore covering the walls. Interns often like to get a game of Blackball at the billiards table when they need a break. And, of course, Google Dublin couldn’t go without a conference room named “James Joyce.”


9. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Googlers play a large part in the growing technology industry in LA. When interns aren’t working together improving YouTube’s or Google’s search experiences, they might watch a movie at the office’s outdoor movie theatre or spend time at the beach a mere two blocks away from the office.


8. Waterloo, Canada

Located in the historic Lang Tannery Building, Google Waterloo is best known for being the birthplace of Gmail for Mobile and, of course, the site for Canada’s only officially recognized in-office slide. Waterloo is one of Google’s largest offices for fall and winter tech interns.


7. Seattle/Kirkland, WA, USA

With offices on either side of Lake Washington, this Google location encompasses both the urban and the suburban in the Pacific Northwest. With much of Google’s infrastructure developed under our belt here, interns have the opportunity to work on essential products like Google+ Hangouts and Chrome.


6. Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Google Pittsburgh, the former Nabisco Factory, holds over 400 Googlers—not to mention a giant hammock nicknamed “the trapeze net.” The office is located in Bakery Square, just minutes from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Interns in the Pittsburgh office get the opportunity to work on site reliability and products like Mobile and Google Shopping.


5. Paris, FR

Located in a renovated hôtel, our Google Paris office has distinctly Parisian touches. Interns snack on wine and cheese for TGIF meetings, take meetings in a Citroën Deux Chevaux-turned-phone booth, and eat at a cafeteria nicknamed Les Deux Algos (short for algorithms). C’est la vie chez Google! (That’s life at Google!)


4. Singapore

Like the country itself, the Google Singapore office is home to both locals and foreigners. We give a distinct twist to the ways we have fun-lah, from Chinese New Year parties to Hari Raya Puasa, Indian holidays and weekly celebrations themed after countries where we do business. Interns enjoy the newly decked-out micro-kitchens, modeled after traditional street food stalls. Our Singapore office brings together a diverse community of Googlers – fitting, in a country with four official languages (English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil).


3. Zurich, CH

Self-proclaimed as “the real Mountain View.” Not because they are the company’s engineering headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), but because of the views out of the top-floor Sky Lounge’s windows. The Alps may look impressive in Google Earth, but in person, they’re nothing less than spectacular. The Zurich office also hosts Google’s annual EMEA Intern summit, where Google interns from across Europe get an opportunity to meet each other and learn more about what their colleagues are working on at other offices.


2. New York, NY

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. We take that to heart at Google New York—constantly reinventing ourselves to strive for the best. With thousands of Googlers working in an office that takes up an entire New York city block, the energy here is undeniable. Interns in New York enjoy five incredible cafes, scooters, and a ladder for when they can’t wait for the elevator.


1. Mountain View, CA

Where it all began. Though the company has grown from Larry and Sergey working out of a garage to the Mountain View campus known as the Googleplex, the mission is still the same: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible. Interns enjoy numerous perks, but to name a few: beach volleyball, bowling alleys, 25 cafeterias, and weekly TGIF gatherings where Googlers are encouraged to ask senior management anything and everything. Changing the world one user at a time truly begins here.



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Intern season is in full swing and Google is excited to be hosting the largest ever class of female technical interns across 18 offices in North America. Google hosted its second annual We Are GWE (Google Women Engineers) intern summit at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Over 270 female technical interns from across Google’s product areas joined together for two days of developmental and networking activities and celebration.


During this event, Google provided interns with the opportunity to build their skills, network with fellow interns, engage with full-time GWE in various stages of their careers, and be inspired by this growing community of women in tech. The first day of the summit kicked off with interns taking part in professional development classes and technical interview trainings. The interns asked lots of great questions and gained insight on what engineers look for during the interview process.


Day two was spent hearing from and engaging with GWE from across a wide range of roles and teams including Chrome OS, Google [x], Knowledge Engine, and Youtube. When interns weren’t learning about some of Google’s most exciting products, they participated in technical and career discussions while getting the opportunity to network with both full-time and intern GWE. A lot of fruitful conversation was had around the challenges facing female engineers and encouraging our interns to grow into strong role-models in their communities and on their campuses.


To close out the We Are GWE summit, the Tech Intern Programs team hosted a luau themed party in front of Charlie’s at the Googleplex. Interns and Googlers got the chance to let down their hair and dance the evening away with great music, food and drinks.


As much as Google celebrates the accomplishments of our female technical interns, it encourages them to be audacious leaders. That’s why we’re excited to invite our global female interns to the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration in October! We hope that our interns become even more inspired and motivated as they engage with world renowned female technicians and scholars.


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From Google Glass to Project Loon, Adwords to Docs, our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights.

For today's post, meet Elmar Peters, a Hardware Engineering intern from the Netherlands. Elmar will graduate in summer 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. While Elmar is excited by his internship working with both Google Glass and the self-driving car teams within Google [x], he also uses his time in California to see as many new sights as possible. An avid traveler, Elmar has enjoyed a trip to Yosemite and a hike along Redwood Creek in Humboldt.



What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I’ve been following Google for quite a while--the informal working environment and innovative products really interested me. I became really interested in Google and decided to apply for an internship when I heard about Google Glass and the self-driving car.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I'm an Electrical Engineering intern on the Google Glass team. I’m prototyping several aspects of the Glass hardware design. Besides my work at Glass, I'm also working on a 20% project for the self-driving car team. Sometimes, when you’d like to help work on a project or team, or have an idea of something you’d like to try, Google will allow you to spend 20% of your time working on that along with your normal role.


What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
I like the amount of responsibility my manager and my team gives me. At Google I'm working on real projects that are crucial for Google Glass. The fact that they give me all of this responsibility as an intern is really special.

We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other benefits. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
I really like the cool projects at Google and the way Google innovates. If you have a new idea, people will encourage you to work on it.

That being said though, what's the best gFit class?
It might not be a gFit class, but I really like swimming in one of the "endless pools" on campus.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
To me, being Googley means being super friendly and doing other people a favor when you can. People at Google are always ready to help you out when you are stuck on something. The friendly atmosphere at Google is one of the best things about working here.

Dream Google office to visit?
I would really like to visit the google offices in Tokyo sometime. The pictures I’ve seen look really stylish!



Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
I like to travel--I’ve visited 22 countries so far. I’m originally from the Netherlands so my internship in Mountain View is like a work and holiday. While I’m interning here in California I go on weekend trips really often. After my internship, I will also stay in the US for a while to travel and to go to Burning Man!

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
I always worked on a lot of side projects during my study. This really helped me gain some practical experience that turned out to be really useful in the work I’m doing now. So I would advise every student to work on a side project that they are passionate about during their studies!

Want to learn more about internships at Google? Check out our Student Careers Site. Additionally, follow Google Students on Google+ and use the hashtag #googleinterns to keep up with Intern Insights this summer.

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Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. For today's post, meet Sonali Mehta, an intern on the Content and partner Operations Team at YouTube in San Bruno, CA.

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I have a YouTube channel where I upload videos of myself singing and playing the piano. One of my covers was once featured on a TV show in Brazil!

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google is one of the most innovative and exciting companies to work for. My passions lie in the intersection between entertainment, tech, and business, so I really couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect job for myself than here at YouTube!


What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I’m on the Content & Partner Operations Team at YouTube in San Bruno, CA. I’m working with my manager to develop some of our partner communities and connect creators with each other. I’m also working on some programs and initiatives for our biggest superusers.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
My manager and team members are all really inspiring and enthusiastic! They were so welcoming to me when I first started my internship, and I’ve loved learning from them and getting to know them all.

We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other benefits. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
I’m doing exactly what I always wanted to do when I started my own YouTube channel five years ago. I feel like I’m helping creators like myself move our platform forward. In addition, Google does an outstanding job of valuing their interns; I’m encouraged to participate in meetings and share my projects all the time. I even had the opportunity to attend the YouTube Global Content Summit in San Francisco during the first week of my internship, as well as VidCon down in Southern California a few weeks later!

What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
I became YouTube Certified at the beginning of the summer. I’ve also completed projects that will benefit YouTube partners of all kinds, but particularly those belonging to US Emerging Markets.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
I’ve been singing and playing the piano my whole life! I started uploading to YouTube years ago, and though I’m just a casual creator, I really love making videos.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
To me, being Googley means being professional, creative, confident, and respectful.


Dream Google office to visit?

YouTube Space Tokyo!

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
This is a cheesy answer, but be authentic! Google has so many departments and organizations, so express what your genuine passions are in your application, and you’ll thank yourself later.

Want to learn more about internships at Google? Check out our Student Careers Site. Additionally, follow Google Students on Google+ and use the hashtag #googleinterns to keep up with Intern Insights this summer.