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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 fall!

Where are you from?

I’m from Istanbul, Turkey

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I’m currently doing a double major in Business Administration and Economics at Koc University in Istanbul.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I've always been a big Google fan! I’ve grown up being amazed by Google and its products. For me, Google is the best place I could ever ask to work. It has its own unique vibe, hence the word “Googleyness”. There couldn’t have been a better place to do my internship, than in Ireland at Google Dublin (EU HQ). I was 100% sure I would learn amazing things, and advance in many ways. All in all, I have to say: I’m blessed to have had this opportunity and cannot wait to come back!!

Noogler ― new Googler ― Orientation, wearing our Noogler hats

What type of internship are you doing?
I did my internship in the SMB (Small and Medium Business) Services Turkey team. My job was to sell AdWords features to eligible customers based on their needs and provide troubleshooting for any of the problems they may potentially experience while using AdWords.

It’s amazing! To begin with, I love working with AdWords - I think it’s a brilliant tool. And I genuinely like providing special assistance to advertisers from all over Turkey on their digital marketing strategies and showing them the do’s and don’ts of online advertising. So much fun!

What does your workday look like?
During the day we have workflow tables so that we know when we need to be on hand to talk with customers. During this time I would receive calls from customers and provide a variety of support, such as: troubleshooting and account optimization, etc.

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?
On top of my core job, I am most proud of my 50% project, which is to optimize the AdWords Turkey Education Channels, consisting of online platforms such as YouTube, AdWords Forum, Blog, Twitter and the G+ page. This required that I take a deep-dive into the various channels and analyze them based on their customer profile. For the final project outcome, I was able to successfully deliver a new targeting strategy.

Soaking up the Dublin sun

At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
I can say without a doubt that my team had people with a wide range of different backgrounds and personalities. I can’t even begin to tell you about the level of diversity at Google!

In my opinion, diversity on the team made for better and more innovative work every step of the way. I can definitely say that the Google atmosphere is created by all the different bits and pieces of these unique people.

It's time for Africa!

We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
Besides the amazing perks (e.g. having massage appointments in the middle of the day!) I’d say that my favorite part was how valued I felt. While an intern, there wasn’t a single moment where I felt like “just an intern.” I was alway treated equally and respected by the people I worked with, no matter how senior they were ― which completely amazes me!

Also the level of liberty in this company is unbelievable. The company trusts its employees (‘us’) and does everything possible to remove obstacles that most companies have in place to ensure employee happiness and peace of mind.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
It always rings a bell of a happy, positive, energetic person who’s in pursuit of doing something bigger and better. Always innovates, tries new things, steps out of boundaries and explores opportunities. Strives to be respectful and helpful to the people around them. Creative and open-minded! Can I go on...?!

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
The Google office is just unbelievable. It’s our own little utopia! It’s designed in a way to make employees happy, comfortable and peaceful. I’m so grateful for all the colorful sofas, massages and sleeping rooms!

Nugget, a Google office dog! Who say’s that love at first sight doesn’t exist?

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
I’m currently building up my travel blog, where I post movie-like videos created of my trips throughout my university years. Really looking forward to it! Other than that, as obvious as it may seem, I’m a travel addict and I try to hop on the plane as much as I can during the year!

Amazing views of Dublin City

What will you do after your internship?
I’m back to studying for one more year at university, to get my bachelor’s degree. After that, I will try my best to join the Google community once again!

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
The Google environment, the people, and the Google soul is what makes Google the unique company it is today. Therefore, learn more about Google’s culture and try to find out for yourself, not just whether you are a good fit for the company but also if the company fits you back.

Be open to new challenges and step outside your comfort zone. If you want to stand out, and be different, definitely push your boundaries and test your limits.

Interested to join the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
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Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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The Google Lime Scholarship was established in 2009 in partnership with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities working toward their academic and professional goals in all fields, including computer science.

Today we’re featuring Laura D’Aquila, a senior at MIT and 2013 recipient of the Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Laura is studying Computer Science/Electrical Engineering and Math enjoys playing the viola in MIT’s Symphony Orchestra and playing tennis. We recently caught up with Laura to learn more about her experience as a Google Scholar and intern.

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about yourself.
I recently took up running as a hobby and ran in the Boston Half Marathon this year for the first time. I had a blast!

In what way(s) has the scholarship had an impact on your studies?
Google recognizing me with the scholarship meant a lot to me. It increased my confidence in my ability to be successful in the computer science field, and the awesome experiences I had at the Google Scholar’s Retreat reinforced the notion that software engineering is the career path for me. I left the Google Scholar’s Retreat feeling very motivated to continue to dedicate myself in my studies so that I can ultimately have a positive impact on others through my work.

What tips would you give to someone when it comes to applying for the scholarship?
I think that the most important thing to get across in your application is that you're passionate about computer science and that you both have used it and plan on continuing to use it to have a real, positive impact on the world. Show some specific examples about how you've taken on leadership positions on a team project, research project, summer internship, etc. and how you’ve worked towards building something useful. The reviewers will give the scholarship to students who’ve been putting their computer science education to good use and have tangible plans to continue to do so. As for your letter writers, choose people who know you well and can attest to both your personal qualities and your technical abilities.

Besides the financial benefit, what else did you gain from the scholarship and Scholars' Retreat?
The Google Scholar’s Retreat excited me about the company, and by the end of an awesome few days I knew I wanted to come back to Google as an intern the following summer. The retreat provided me with some of the resources that helped make this possible – from the resume reviews to technical interview trainings to general tips for getting through the hiring process.

Another highlight of the Google Scholar’s Retreat was the opportunity to participate in my first hackathon – 24 Hours of Good, a hackathon to benefit various not-for-profit organizations. It was cool to be working alongside the other scholarship recipients on projects that had the potential to have a large impact on other people’s lives. There were plenty of activities, such as yoga and lots of food, to get us through the night, and I got to know other people better while working with them throughout the night.

You also interned at Google this summer. What was the best part of your internship experience? The most challenging?
I had an amazing internship at Google that exceeded even the high expectations I had for it! I woke up every morning excited to begin the day and come to work. Everyone at Google clearly loves what they do, and the environment is very open and collaborative. It’s neat to be working on the cutting edge projects that Google has to offer that are used by people all over the world.

Google places the happiness of its employees first. There’s a lot of fun things to do when you want a break, and breaks are definitely encouraged in order to maximize your overall productivity throughout the day. And you’ll certainly never go hungry working at Google with three delicious meals per day plus snacks!

The most challenging part of working at Google for me was trying to stand out among many other highly intelligent and creative individuals. Google may not be the place to work at if you want to be the best one there. But I ended up loving Google’s environment since it pushed my boundaries and helped me grow. I learned so much being surrounded by some the brightest people in the world, and other Googlers were always willing to impart their knowledge on me.

Do you have any advice for students who are just getting started in computer science?
Follow your dreams and don’t be intimidated! There are a lot of large-scale problems in the world that still need to be solved, and as a computer scientist you’ll have the tools at your disposal to truly have an impact. Always ask yourself if things can be done better, and before you know it you’ll be working towards making that happen.


If you’re interested in learning more about the Google Lime Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities, check them out on our Google for Education page.


Posted by Sarah Safir, Student Development Programs

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This past August, the EMEA Intern team challenged their 2014 intern class to create a video about a product they would launch if they had an unlimited budget and resources in the spirit of moonshots and 10x ideas. They needed to include their concept, resources required, potential impact and the problem it would solve.

The video was to be a maximum of 2 minutes in length, and points were awarded by a panel of engineers for product idea, feasibility, technology, innovation and impact. The prize was a fully paid week at our Headquarters in Mountain View soaking up the culture, lifestyle and general life as a software engineer in Google Mountain View.

Jakub Czarnowicz, an SRE intern in Zurich, was our winner this year, with his entry tackling how to help visually impaired people navigate everyday activities using “Google Assistance Dog” on a mobile device. We asked Jakub about his inspiration and experience:


Of all of the tech companies to apply to, why did you want to work at Google?
Google is one of the few places that allows you to grow and develop your skills as well as spend some marvelous time in awesome places. It's famous for being innovative and open for new, cool ideas. If you want to affect lives of millions of users - Google is the place to do that.

Due to that choice, my whole summer was one big series of coding, hiking, designing, sightseeing, learning and having fun. One big adventure!

In what way has Google impacted you and how have you left an impact at Google?
Surprisingly, I have learned many new things here. From coffee making and juggling to networking, software design and Go language. There are many talented, brilliant people working at Google and they are all open to sharing ideas and explaining bleeding edge technology. Just a few discussions during coffee time can teach you more than a month at the university.

It is difficult for an intern to have a big impact on such a company but I hope that my product idea from the Intern Competition would be introduced and one day I would see it running. That would be a really big achievement.

What is the most interesting/exciting thing that you have been able to do as a Google intern?
It's not that simple to decide what was the most interesting. As a "nerd" I was delighted to have an impact on Google-scale applications - thousands of instances running in data centers all over the world, millions of users, unbelievable performance and stability of services ... It's just amazing.

And then, after work, there was another kind of excitement. I fulfilled one of my biggest dreams - paragliding in the Alps. It's totally breathtaking!


How was working in Google HQ (MTV) different from working in a European office? Is there an added benefit to either?
Google HQ is different in every way. It's not an office - it's a whole district of buildings including over 30 cafes, tennis courts, swimming pools, bowling alleys and so on. There are ten times more engineers than in any other office. You need a bike to travel from one building to another. The Zurich office is a lot smaller and there are incomparably fewer places to spend your free time. On the other hand, it feels a lot more homely, it's less crowded and as quiet and peaceful as a Swiss facility can be.

Do teams work differently in different offices? Is the culture different?
Each team is different, each can work in any way the members prefer. There were two most noticeable differences between my team and the team I've spent my time in Mountain View with. First is working hours. In Zurich, many people prefer to stay up late. The office is far from being empty even at 9pm while Googlers I've met in MTV leave much, much earlier.

Another thing is the coffee culture. My team spends a lot of time chatting over a cup of a latte prepared with all the proper rituals. As a coffee lover - I really enjoy this way of spending a break.

What types of lessons/skills have you learned at Google, especially in your exchange office, that you will take back to school after this summer ends?
For me, the most important skills were independence and self-confidence. At Google, if you have an idea - you should introduce it and try to make it happen without any hesitation. Even if it's criticized and rejected, you will learn a lot and draw conclusions that will help you in the future.

During my exchange, I continued to work on my main project even though I was separated from my team. In my opinion, this was the best way to learn how to solve problems on my own and work on even the most difficult problems without any supervision.

After spending time in your exchange office, do you think differently about other office locations? Would you consider working in a different office?
Nothing changed in my way of thinking about different places - I always loved traveling and experiencing new cultures. This exchange just confirmed my beliefs that I should make full use of my youth before finishing my studies and starting work as a full time employee.

Each office is different and I would love to visit as many as possible.

You had to create a video to enter into this exchange competition. Tell us a little bit about yours and where your idea came from.
My idea was to create an app that would help visually impaired people deal with everyday activities. Even ordinary actions are challenging if you have problems with your sight. Shopping? Using public transportation? Crossing a road? If you think those are simple operations - try doing them with your eyes closed.
That is where the most marvelous ideas came from - just putting yourself in someone's else shoes and try to solve their problem in the most Googley way.


After this summer, what comes next for you?
It's hard to say. I still have two years of my masters degree so I want to come back to Poland and finish my studies. In terms of Google - my biggest dream for now is to come back as an intern to work awesome offices, such as New York or Sydney.

If you’re passionate and excited by working on cool things that matter, enjoy tackling the toughest problems in information technology and developing innovative products that make a positive difference in tens of millions of lives every day, Google might just be for you!

As an intern, you come here to build, lead, break, create, improve, shi, and shoot for the moon. Our career paths are varied. Google gives you tons of options to develop yourself, and then get out of the way and let you choose what’s best for you.


If you’re inspired by Jakub and other #googleintern stories, we encourage you to apply to our 2015 internship program. Applications are open now - apply today! We’re hiring for 2015 internships right now, click here to apply!

Posted by Raquel Inacio, University Programs Recruiting Specialist

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In early August, 20 students from 10 countries and 15 universities had the opportunity to attend Google’s European Android Camp in the London office. Students were invited to a jam-packed week of Android learning and development, career panels, tech talks and social activities. The goal of the event was to give students a chance to learn, practice and have fun while developing applications for the Android operating system with the support of Google engineers. The theme for the week was Create the Good in Your Community, with the winning team designing a carpooling app for ride sharing.

We asked the winning team to tell us about their experience at Android Camp:


What was the highlight of Android Camp for you?
Andreea: Android Camp was a mix of intensive programming, having fun and making new friends.

Hanna: My highlight was looking at my sleep deprived, zombie-like teammates in disbelief after the judges announced us as winners.

Raquel: I’d choose the last day of Hack-a-thon. Creating a fully functioning app from scratch within 24 hours is a blast! But the most important thing: we learned a lot while having a lot of fun.

Brit: The best part for me was the moment we solved the main problem in our code and got it to work.


Do you think Android Camp helped you build or develop any skills?
Andreea: Android Camp helped me understand the best way to be successful when developing apps (your app should do one thing and do it good).

Hanna: I went from knowing nothing about Android development to developing an app in just a matter of days - so that should serve as proof. I also learned a thing or two about teamwork.

Raquel: I learned a lot about Android development, how to develop user-friendly apps, and how to adapt to real users’ requirements.

What was your favorite session?
Hanna: The hack-a-thon was my favorite part of Android Camp. To go from an idea to a functional app in 24 hours was really cool, and the level of focus and determination in the room was truly inspiring.

Raquel: I’d choose two: the development of real-world applications session and the presentation skills session. Those tips will help me during my whole career.

Brit: My favorite studying session was the animation class. We learned how to create short animations for our apps, and it’s amazing how pretty and professional you can make it look with just a little effort. And the great sushi class!

How do you think Android Camp will help you further your academic career?
Andreea: I am thinking about creating an android application as my bachelor's thesis so all the work I did during that week will be helpful.

Raquel: It has reminded me that as an engineer, I can contribute to creating things to improve the lives of millions of people. Moreover, I feel more confident with my technical skills, and it has encouraged me to continue improving my software engineering skills.

Brit: When I arrived at Android Camp I knew absolutely nothing about Android development, and by the end of the week I built a whole app from scratch.

What are your next steps?
Andreea: I want to develop as many Android Applications as time allows to practice the skills I have gathered during my week in London, and also apply for the Google Internship next summer.

Hanna: I’m continuing my Masters in Computer Graphics, and developing a game in my spare time.

Raquel: I am doing a research internship at the University of Southern California as a part of my PhD. After attending Android Camp, I am really motivated to apply for the next Google summer internships.

Brit: I’m starting my Masters in Computer Science, but I hope to reapply for an internship at Google in a year of two!

Read more student testimonials in our ‘Live from London Android Camp’ G+ series.For more information on opportunities at Google, please visit Google Students. For more updates please stay tuned on the Google Students Blog.

Posted by Maya Tudor & Karine Karpati, EMEA University Programs Team

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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 fall!

Where are you from?
I'm from the amazing Moldova!

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the American University in Bulgaria.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I got introduced to Google as a potential employer when I was a freshman at university. At that point, I realized that working at Google would be a DREAM job. In the summer of 2013 I received an email with the call for applications for Google AdCamp EMEA, so I decided to give it a shot and amazingly, I got in. Through AdCamp, I got the chance to take a deep dive into Google’s culture and explore Google’s career opportunities, while spending four days at Google Dublin (EU HQ).


What type of internship are you doing?
I did a Business Associate Internship at the Google Wroclaw office in Poland. Half of my time was spent working with Small and Medium Business (SMB) Services for the Russian Market and the other half was spent working on my project: AdWords Policies optimization.

What does your workday look like?
Typically I would use the morning to do all of my SMB Services tasks and after lunch, I would mostly work on my project, which involved analyzing data, getting in touch with Googlers in other offices and developing supporting materials for my findings.

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?
Besides working on the core job related to SMB Services for the Russian Market, I completed an analysis of all of the major issues related to AdWords Policies in this Market. Based on my research, I was able to provide Google employees solutions and implementations related to providing a better user experience when it came to dealing with AdWords policies. Additionally, I managed to host two Webinars related to AdWords for the Russian speaking market. Finally, I delivered three trainings for Nooglers (New Googlers) and Full-time employees of the Russian SMB Services Team.

At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
I was able to work with Googlers who had deep knowledge on the subjects related to my core work and received support from the people around me, on any questions that arose during my project. Additionally, the team diversity made every working day unique, starting from people playing on the guitar when they wanted to relax and finishing with amazing travel stories from Mount Kilimanjaro.


We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
The perk that I loved the most was the ability to work from any Google office. This option gave me the chance to travel around the region and explore some amazing cities like Berlin, Prague and Warsaw.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
“Being Googley” is about being open to everyday awesomeness and collaboration. It’s about having a unique hobby and sharing it with other people. It's also about giving support whenever needed and loving all of the things that you do.

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
I simply fell in love with Wroclaw. Google was wise to place its office there. It is a super lively and a large beautiful city, while still providing you with a sense of coziness. It had anything a person needed for his or her free time, like: kayaking, aqua park, football, great pubs and restaurants, beautiful architecture and the friendliest people.


What will you do after your internship?
I’m back at university completing my senior year. Soon, I will start a part-time internship at a Marketing company in Bulgaria. I'll also be pursuing my hobby in theatrical acting.

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
First, be honest in your application. Everything you write should express who you actually are.

Secondly, be active during your student years by participating with different clubs and activities, and develop yourself through an interesting hobby.


Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
EEA work authorization is required for roles supporting EEA markets.

Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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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 fall!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland!

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I’m about to begin my fourth year of Marketing and Innovation Technology at Dublin City University, which is going to be pretty hard after spending a Summer at Google! After high school, it was my dream to go to art school, but when I was offered this course I decided to give it a try. Lucky for me, I absolutely love it! It’s an awesome and super modern course that covers basic marketing practices, but also explores the cutting edge technology and design skills that are needed to become a 21st century marketeer!

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
My Google story actually started about a year ago, when I was asked to participate in Google Adcamp EMEA (read my article about the experience here). If you haven't heard of AdCamp before, it’s 3 days of pure awesomeness! You get to spend those 3 days in the Google office, meet other students from across EMEA, attend product talks from seasoned Google employees, and explore Dublin.

I have always had an obsession with technology. More recently my focus has been on mobile and developing my mobile marketing skill set. Google is at the forefront of everything that is “mobile” and “connected” so it became apparent very quickly that this was where I needed to be.

Disclaimer: The free food, killer gym and massages did NOT play any part in my wanting to join Google (I swear) ;)

What type of internship are you doing?
I am a Business Associate Intern and am on the UK SMB Sales team for Google AdWords! I count myself so lucky to be on this team, because I am SO passionate about the product we sell. My role is to help small and medium businesses across the UK scale and grow through the use of Google's advertising solutions (it sounds amazing, I know).

The businesses that I work with come in all shapes and sizes, and no one Google advertising solution works for all of them. Adapting and developing unique online marketing strategies for each client is what makes my role so awesome! Every day is different and that is really important to me.

I am also working on Customer Education and have formed a Hangout on Air program for my team. We actually had our first live broadcast last week, which went down a storm. The customers loved it!


What does your workday look like?
Every day is different at Google, it’s what makes this such an amazing place to work. But here is what my average day could look like:

9:00 Breakfast with the Interns (Google has the best omelettes, so I usually opt for one of these!)
9.30 Work through emails
10:00 Consultation with an Advertiser
11:00 Intern events committee meeting
12:00 Lunch (Yes, it is free - all you can eat)
13.30 Consultation with an Advertiser
14.15 Consultation with an Advertiser
15:00 Training (this could be anything from Youtube, Google Shopping or Remarketing trainings)
15.30 Grab a coffee with one of my mentors
16:00 Shadow a different team (I try to spent at least two hours a week shadowing other teams)
17.00 Meeting with marketing team in Mountain View (The mountain view marketing team played a huge part in my customer education project, so I have a lot of evening meetings with them!)
18:30 TRX & Kettle Bell Class in the Google gym with my buddies

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 biggest accomplishment was being able to plan, execute and report on our hangout on air series from start to finish. We targeted the Hangout on Air at 5000 customers, so it was a pretty big project. There were so many stakeholders and being able to manage all is something I am super proud of. My team had never done anything of this scale before and I was delighted that I successfully launched the biggest one yet! I was also able to convince other teams (such as marketing) to support us with various assets, which felt pretty awesome too!


At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
Diversity is one of the best things about working at Google. The ability to work with people from different places and backgrounds, gives amazing opportunities to learn from one another.

During my Internship, I was lucky enough to be elected onto the “Intern social committee” which was a small group of interns who ran internal events! The group was made up of Irish, English, Russian, Dutch and Croatian members. A moment that stood out to me, was a brainstorming session when we spoke about the events that we could potentially run! Everyones ideas were so VERY different, but all equally wonderful! I guess it was just interesting to hear about what everyone considered a “normal” or a "frequent" event in their hometown!"

We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
When you don't work at Google, you think the perks are the best part. Speaking from experience, I can say that the best part about working here is the unique people. Being surrounded by such smart, enthusiastic and outgoing people, everyday, is incredibly inspiring. There is something fantastically interesting about every person you talk to here. You learn so much from your peers, it’s insane. Being around people like that everyday makes you the best possible version of yourself and it opens your eyes to so many different cultures, mind sets and ways of doing things.


What does “being Googley” mean to you?
I love this question! It’s something I get asked all the time! I honestly think that everyone has a different idea on what Googliness or what being Googley is, but it doesn't matter what it is or whether it's work related or not. It’s a passion that they bring to work and want to share, and use to help their work, their team, or all of Google itself.

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
The Google Dublin (EU HQ) is ridiculously cool! I just love it!

It spans 4 buildings and there is something totally unique about each one!

We have a gym, a swimming pool, dozens of kitchens, a bar, games room, karaoke rooms, nail bars, massage chair ... literally, you name it and it’s probably here!

My favourite area is in the Gasworks building. It has an old fashioned library, with hundreds of books and big, comfy armchairs. I get most of my blogging done there. Its just the perfect spot to plug in your earphones and get stuck into some work!

What will you do after your internship?

After my internship I am returning to college, for my final year of Marketing and Innovation Technology at Dublin City University! As much as I’ll miss Google, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my old classmates and getting stuck into some project work.

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?

1.) BE UNIQUE ― Do you have any idea how many people apply for these internships? No? Well, neither do I, but I’m guessing in the thousands. So it’s important to spend some time thinking about how you're going to stand out from the crowd. Be creative when it comes to your resume, add as many links as you can to your college assignments, any project work you’ve done, videos, slideshows ... you name it! I also think having a nicely formatted resume can do wonders!

2.) GAIN EXPERIENCE ― I know first hand, that it can be tough to get good work experience as a student. Remember that experience doesn't always mean “work” experience. There are a lot of things you can do to make yourself a more appealing candidate, such as:

  • Enter the Google Online Marketing Challenge: this will show that you have first hand experience with AdWords and running online marketing campaigns.


  • Become a blogger and have your own website: blogging is a great way to raise your personal profile and share your ideas. It also shows recruiters that you are dedicated and hardworking (if you post frequently). If you set up advertising on the blog (Via Google Adsense) and tracking (Via Google Analytics) it instantly shows recruiters you have first hand product knowledge.


Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
EEA work authorization is required for roles supporting EEA markets.

Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team

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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 fall!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Helsingborg, a small town located in the beautiful southern part of Sweden, only 4 KM from Denmark. The geographical location enabled my mother and father to meet each other, and hence I am half Danish. For the last five years, I have lived in Stockholm. Feel welcome to visit!

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I hold a bachelor degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Business Administration and Economics and I'm currently enrolled in their Business and Management Masters Program. I’m also super excited to be going on an exchange semester at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in the fall of 2014.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google has always been a dream employer for me due to its innovative corporate culture, diverse employees and the fast-moving business. My infinite interest in Google developed when I read “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, who held a high managerial position at Google. Sheryl Sandberg is my role model in business related manners, due to her interest in female empowerment. The fact that Google prioritizes diversity in its corporate climate made me even more interested in joining the organization. Furthermore, to be part of a successful tech company with corporate values that are aligned with my values played a significant factor in my motivation to apply. Since I had one year left at university, the best choice for me was to apply for an internship. Luckily for me, I got the fantastic opportunity to be part of Google team for three months.

What type of internship are you doing?
I was an intern at the SMB (small and medium size businesses) Services team for the Nordic countries. In my opinion, as an intern in the SMB Services department at Google you get the best possible internship. In services, half your time is spent working on a business development project and the other half with AdWords and customer support. As a result of this setup, I quickly learned the ins and outs of AdWords and how to troubleshoot and provide excellent solutions to our customers. I strongly developed my customer-oriented mindset, problem-solving skills and my ability to multitask.

For my business development project I was accountable for a revenue related project that required an extensive quantitative analysis. I structured, analyzed and created recommendations for how SMB Services can work more efficiently with revenue performance. I truly loved my project and all of the challenges I faced during the project path. I also got the opportunity to work closely with senior revenue Googlers on our team and across markets. From this project, I developed my quantitative analysis skills, learned how to break down a complex business issue to operational recommendations and how to structure and prioritize a project.


What does your workday look like?
I spend half of my day working on the core business giving AdWords customer support and the other half working on my project.

During my project time, I often chose to work elsewhere than at my desk, i.e. at the 13th floor which had the most beautiful view. This definitely gave me creative stimulation during working hours.

The team spirit was fantastic. We ate lunch together every single day and would regularly have fun playing ping-pong or pool.


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 am mainly proud of two accomplishments.

Firstly, I exceeded expectations when I passed the AdWords exam after only two training days. This resulted in a very fast ramp-up and enabled me to do customer face-time after only one week (normally this takes four weeks).

Secondly, I am very proud of my project analysis and recommendations. I was successful in communicating my key findings and recommendations to my team in a very concrete way and hence, grasped their attention and execution mode. The result of my project was appreciated and the recommendations are already being implemented as part of the core strategy in the SMB Services Nordics team and will soon be launched to the entire EMEA market.

At Google you have an opportunity to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds. What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
The diverse mindset is a fact at Google. You positively face it everyday. You meet people from all countries in the world - men, women, the LGBT community, different cultures and backgrounds, engineers, business people, etc. Before coming to Google, I had never experienced such a diverse environment and I am quite sure that nothing can compare with Google’s workplace diversity. This is totally fantastic and admirable!

The most outstanding moment was when I met one of my colleagues who is blind. Despite her impairment, she conducted her work with excellence ― talking with customers, guiding them through to find different features of the product. Google facilitated her work, by providing her with special resources so she can deliver without clear obstacles.


We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other perks. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
It's definitely the people. A company can provide as many perks as possible, but the thing that impresses me the most are the people. The people you meet at Google are intelligent, helpful, humble, have a high level of social intelligence and have fantastic energy. This naturally affects the atmosphere in the office landscape in an extremely positive way.

At Google many different communities exist and as a feminist and as a person with a high interest in female empowerment, I attended different female events and talked to many successful women at Google. This provided me with insights into how I, as a woman, can potentially reach my goal to become an executive in the future. As a young woman, it was extremely interested in talking to women in senior-level positions and I appreciate and admire how much time these women invests in collaborating and chatting with us.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
For me, it means being innovative, humble, open and to have positive energy.


What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
That’s a difficult question since the Google Dublin (EU HQ) office in Ireland is totally amazing. If I am forced to choose, it would have to be the different relaxing/creative areas, where you can work or just have a coffee with your colleagues.

Being a Googler means being a part of a big and lovely family. I spent all my spare-time with other Googlers. We explored the beautiful nature of Ireland, the fun nightlife and partook in the delicious food.


What will you do after your internship?
I will complete my masters degree and try to handle all of the recruiters that are contacting me after joining Google :)

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
(1) Be personal but professional; and

(2) Keep it simple, with a very results-oriented mindset.


Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!
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Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team