2 former Google interns reveal what it’s really like to work at the tech giant, and their advice for turning an internship into a full-time job

Steven Claunch

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Google can receive more than 100,000 applications for its internship program each year. The search giant offers positions in both tech and business roles, and in 2020 hosted interns in 43 countries around the world.

Andrea Florence, director of intern programs, told Insider that they’re looking for people drawn to tackling big problems at scale.

“In the early days at Google, the focus was on finding anyone with the technical skills to do the job to come in and help us build new technologies right away,” she said. “Now, 20 years later, it’s much more important that we hire for culture ‘add’ and to build a workforce that represents our users.”

Florence added that one of the key qualities they scout for is a “growth mindset,” meaning people who actively participate in their work and activities because they want to learn, grow, and connect to others.

“We give interns responsibility from the very start, and we expect them to have an impact right away,” she said.

Internships are staying virtual in 2021, with Google offering a workspace allowance of $1,000 (or local equivalent) on necessary business-related equipment and furnishings. Interns still receive the coveted welcome package including the intern backpack and a laptop delivered to them with Google hardware.

The firm doesn’t disclose the number of interns who go on to work full time for the company or the precise salary range. Employment review site Glassdoor notes that in the United States, software engineering interns earn on average $7,700 a month.

To find out what the program’s really like, Insider spoke to two former interns about their experience before the pandemic.

Using mentors as a resource and career guide

Dasani Madipalli was an engineering practicum intern, a program for college freshmen and sophomores, at Google’s Mountain View campus in 2017. Having worked for the payments team, she went on to intern with Microsoft and Khan Academy, and told Insider she would’ve interned for life if she didn’t have to pay off student loans.

“As an engineering practicum, they pair you with another intern. You both work on the same team, either on similar projects or the same product,” she said.

The team had four interns with two mentors between them, whose role was to make sure that they could succeed in their tasks. Madipalli was also appointed a mentor outside of her team whom she could talk to without worrying about being evaluated on performance.

Madipalli and her fellow interns were invited to a number of talks.

“One that really made an impact on me was a talk by Karishma Shah, who was the chief catalyst at X, the moonshot factory,” she said, referring to Google’s secretive research and development facility. “It inspired me so much that I reached out to her after, and she took me and a few other women on a tour of the X campus.”

There were also get-to-know-you activities with other interns, where they hung out and ate snacks, as well as technical workshops to learn infrastructure and internal tools.

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Source:: Business Insider


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