Google offers a variety of opportunities for PhD students who wish to gain industry experience. Through our Getting to Know a PhD series, we’ll provide a glimpse into some of these opportunities as well as the impactful projects PhD students at Google work on.

Today we’re featuring Neil Houlsby, a former Google European Doctoral Fellowship recipient who interned on the Natural Language Processing research team.

So Neil, tell us about yourself and your PhD topic ...
I took an engineering degree at the University of Cambridge. I stayed on at Cambridge to do a masters in machine learning and cognitive science in the Computational and Biological Learning Lab, supervised by Máté Lengyel, then a PhD in machine learning co-supervised by Zoubin Ghahramani and Máté.

My PhD topic was in statistical machine learning, covering broadly two themes, active learning and matrix modelling. Active learning, or experimental design, involves designing algorithms that automatically choose the best data to collect. This is important when data is scarce or expensive, so minimizing redundancy is essential. One interesting application that I looked at was quantum tomographical experiments. Here, one wishes to characterise a quantum state efficiently; the active learning algorithm adapts the configuration of the experimental apparatus on-the-fly to maximize knowledge about the unknown state. My work on matrices involved designing probabilistic models and scalable algorithms to learn from matrix data, such as online purchasing data, networks, or psychometric questionnaires. One can exploit learned patterns to predict future behaviour, or infer people’s personality traits. I was lucky enough to be involved in a number of other collaborations, and the unifying theme of my PhD was the application Bayesian machine learning and scalable learning algorithms.

Why did you apply for an internship at Google and how supportive was your PhD advisor?
Statistical machine learning is an exciting field because there is much interacting research between theory and applications. In Zoubin’s lab we had a fantastic exposure to the statistical aspects of machine learning. Industrial experience allowed me to work more on large scale applications, but using similar statistical learning techniques that I was working on at Cambridge. My advisor, Zoubin, was extremely encouraging of my internship and other academic visits to gain new experiences in machine learning - provided that I finished my degree on time!

What project was your internship focused on?
I worked on semantic understanding. The goal was to annotate text with its referent entities (anything with a Wikipedia article) e.g. ‘Croft scored a century’ is referring to Croft the cricket player, not the fictional character, and ‘century’ means 100 runs, not a period of time. The algorithm needs to learn how to use context to disambiguate the annotation. Unlike previous approaches, we framed this as an inference problem in a probabilistic model. As well as the modelling aspects, much of the research focussed on how to do learning with a ‘Google scale’ model and perform efficient reasoning over millions of possible entities.

Did you publish at Google during your internship?
Yes, we published the project at the 2014 European Conference on Information Retrieval. This conference is not one that the Cambridge lab usually participated in, so attending and presenting my internship work here was useful to broaden the reach of my research.

How closely connected was the work you did during your internship to your PhD topic?
There was a substantial overlap in the machine learning methods used in my internship work and my PhD (topic modelling, variational Bayes, sampling), but my internship was a stand-alone project that did not overlap directly with my other research. For me, a novel (and fun) part of the internship was working with the Google infrastructure and computing clouds which, naturally, is harder to do outside the company.

What impact has this internship experience had on your PhD?
There were two main impacts. Firstly, I learned from my intern host, Massimiliano Ciaramita, and colleagues at Google a great deal about applied machine learning and more broadly, other topics in computer science. Some techniques I learned were directly applicable during my PhD, others added to my general academic education. Secondly, by broadening my view of machine learning, the internship fuelled my enthusiasm for the field, which motivated me during my PhD and beyond.

Has this internship experience impacted the way you think about your future career?
I always expected that I would pursue a career in computer science and research. I don’t think this has changed. However, the internship revealed the possibility of doing fascinating research in industry. It was only after my internship that I seriously considered a career in industry. Although I sometimes considered very different career paths, from my perspective academic research and research/engineering at Google have many similar challenges and possibilities.

You just recently started your job as a Research Scientist on the Pragmatics team in Zurich - What are you working on now?
I continue working in Natural Language Processing, but I am in a new research team, focussing on pragmatics, discourse and dialogue. Our team consists of a mixture of researchers with backgrounds in linguistics, NLP and machine learning. This is a fun and new research area of for me, I am continuing to use machine learning in much of my work, and am enjoying applying it to this rich and rapidly developing field.

Looking back on your experiences now: Why should a PhD student apply for an internship at Google? Any advice to offer?
When doing research at a particular university you tend to get a single view of your field of interest. It is definitely worth visiting industry and other institutions to broaden your field of view. A Google internship provides a unique research experience: the opportunity to work on some of the hardest problems at the largest possible scales, not to mention the unique environment and culture. Whether you decide to go into industry, or continue in academia, you can learn a great deal during an internship, and have a lot of fun. I would advise applying early in your PhD, as it only gets harder later in your PhD to find the time for an internship. Also, take the opportunity to do something new - apply to work in a different country, or work in a different aspect of your field. A PhD is a unique time when you have the flexibility to explore future possibilities, so take the opportunity while you can.

Google strives to increase educational opportunities in computer science and is committed to increasing the representation of underrepresented students in the broader field of technology. In order to do so, Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) was created to help high potential students prepare for college, build confidence, and be inspired to pursue a career in tech. CSSI is a Google-hosted summer program that invites 90 rising college first-years to participate in a 3-week interactive curriculum and learn a practical introduction to computer science (HTML, CSS, Javascript, App Engine and more). Students partner in small teams to develop web applications, and ultimately present and demo their projects to Googlers who are enthusiastic to see their web apps come to life. Students designed and developed a wide variety of applications, from a strategic puzzle game called Nonograms to TaxiCop, an app which tracks and estimates taxi fares in Ghana.

The curriculum is built and maintained by Google engineers, with the intention of giving these students a head start in computer science concepts before heading off to college. With their new knowledge and skills, students are more confident, prepared for their first year of college, and inclined to graduate with a computer science degree. Randy (17), a past participant from Cambridge said; “Career-wise [CSSI] was incredibly helpful. Even though it’s not technically an internship, it really helps set me up for future opportunities. I've met a lot of really cool people here that I was able to connect with. I learned a lot, and because of this program I want to continue pursuing CS in college. It has impacted me a lot.“

After completing CSSI, many of our participants have expressed an increase in readiness and confidence; Monica (17), a student from our Cambridge class said “I did not have much CS experience except one CS class from high school. Now I feel prepared for my CS classes in college. I feel like I can do projects on my own, which is huge. The program very much strengthened my technical skill set.”

If you’re interested in learning more about CSSI, please visit for more details and stay tuned for more information about the program in January 2015. In the meantime, please fill out this interest form if you'd like to be notified when our application opens.

Cross-posted from the Google for Education blog

Posted by My-Linh Le, University Programs Team

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

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

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

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

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!
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Posted by Nicole Zwaaneveld, University Programs Team