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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 Fiona Yeung, a User Experience Design Intern working at our Mountain View Headquarters. Fiona is a graphic designer attending York University/Sheridan College in Toronto where she is pursuing a Bachelors in Design. When Fiona is not designing something, you can probably find her on the water training and racing other universities with the York University Dragon Boat team. She also enjoys travelling, exploring, and photography.



Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I’ve climbed 1,776 steps up the CN Tower in Toronto, the world’s tallest metal staircase with my family for charity. I’ve also completed Tough Mudder, a 12 mile obstacle challenge last fall with my dragon boat team!

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I wanted to learn from some of the most talented and innovative people in the industry. I also wanted to gain experience working at a larger company. With Google’s size, even though I would be focusing on one product area, I knew I would still get the chance to learn about all the other innovative projects that Google is working on such as the Self-driving Car, Google Glass, and Project Loon. Lastly, the internship program itself is extremely well-developed with tons of classes, workshops, and tech talks catered to help us develop our leadership and teamwork skills.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I’m a user experience design intern for Google+, specifically on the core mobile app team. One of the projects that I’m working on this summer is to redesign Google suggested posts such as “Communities you might like” or “Trending” posts so that they’re consistent across all platforms. I get to think about what the animations and interactions will be like so that users can use these suggested posts better, while having a smooth and delightful experience.


What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
My manager Brynn is incredibly inspiring because she is proactive and a great leader. I love working with her because of her enthusiasm, passion, and great energy. I’m lucky to have a mentor like Brynn to guide me through the internship. I also admire her involvement in the design community where she created an event series for women in design called XX+UX. I hope to help her spread these series to even more cities and host one when I’m back home in Toronto!

The best part about working with my team is how collaborative and supportive everyone is. Being able to walk around and check out what everyone is working on, as well as our weekly Mocktails where we all gather together to share ideas and show what we’ve been working on is something I really enjoy.

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?
My favorite part about working at Google is knowing that the work I’m doing will be impacting millions of users around the world. The culture at Google is also a huge plus. The environment is collaborative, open, and makes you feel welcomed. The people are humble and you really get a sense of community among each other.


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’m proud of the iterations that I’ve created thus far because I get to push myself to think beyond the visual designs to really dig deeper into how users interact when using Google+. Working directly with engineers and project managers is something I’m new to so it’s been a really cool experience so far.

I also worked with the Google Doodle team as part of my 20% side project. As a designer, creating a Google Doodle has been on my designer bucket list for a long time so being able to work with the doodlers was a dream come true. The doodle I created was for the Tanabata festival for Japan.


What does “being Googley” mean to you?
Being “Googley” to me is about trying your best, doing the right thing, and being an all-around friendly and good person. Being genuine, humble, and having a positive attitude are all traits of a Googley person. It’s about striving for excellence, being proactive, having a good time all at the same time.


If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Team up with friends or people you know and create things that you’re passionate about. A lot of skills are learned outside of school so go ahead and work on side projects. It’s also helpful to have an entrepreneurial mindset; to be self-starters and leaders that are passionate to work on challenging projects to help the world.

Dream Google office to visit?
All of the Google offices are so well-designed for Googlers but one that I’d love to visit is the office in in Zurich, Switzerland. I heard they have an aquarium relaxation room, and that they have ski gondolas as small conference rooms.

Best gFit class?
I try to attend about 3-4 different gFit classes a week such as yoga, cardio kickboxing, and body pump. One of my favorite ones is the Aerial Silks class because it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. It’s incredible that these kinds of classes are offered here at Google.

Best intern event you’ve attended?
The intern carnival was really fun with the inflatable obstacle course race and mechanical bull, but I have to say the Sky High Trampoline Dodgeball day was the best so far. Bouncing on the trampoline, while dodging dodgeballs is a pretty fun way to meet new interns.


Fiona’s Googler host for the summer is Brynn Evans. Brynn is a Design Lead on the Google+ Team. In fact, Brynn joined Google on June 27, 2011 - one day before we launched Google+! Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brynn went to Stanford for her undergraduate degrees and UC San Diego for her graduate degree. Brynn looks forward to weekly time in the Pilates studio and is a member of the Google+ UX acapella group, the Whizzy Whigs.



Why did you want to work at Google?
I had worked previously at a startup, an agency, and as a freelance designer. I wanted to experience working at a large company, expecting that I’d learn new & different things.

What are you working on at Google?
I’m a UX Lead on the Google+ team. I started as an individual contributor, became Stream UX Lead, and then became a UX Lead for a larger team that’s responsible for the G+ core mobile apps, including onboarding, growth, and engagement.

Why did you want to host an Intern?
I never had an intern before, but I have been an intern and knew how immensely valuable it is to have good internships. I thought my team could provide a good environment for an intern. Additionally, I love teaching, mentoring, and advising — especially new grads. When I was recently out of school, I wish I had had a mentor to help guide me; instead now, I’m hoping I can be that mentor for others.

What’s the best part about your team?
The people! The designers on my team are incredibly talented, humble, and collaborative. They’ve taught me a tremendous amount and make coming into work everyday a pure joy. It’s true what they say: it’s the people that matter.

What’s the best part about working with your intern?
Her passion, excitement, and motivation! Fiona came into Google fired up and excited to get started on a project. Since then, she’s worked on an exploratory project, created a Google Doodle (which is extremely uncommon), and has also started her main intern project. Fiona’s got the talent to be good designer; but it’s her passion and motivation that will make her great!

What’s your favorite perk to utilize at Google?
Google offers Pilates Reformer classes that I take twice a week. It’s become such an important part of my routine that I never let meetings or conflicts get in the way of my two hours a week of “me time.”

What’s the thing you’ve accomplished during your career at Google that you’re most proud of?
Last October, I kicked off an event series called XX+UX — a monthly meetup for Women in UX. I quickly discovered that there is an eager & talented community of women UXers who love to connect and share stories. Until recently, there just hasn’t been an event series dedicated exclusively to bringing them together, so I’m proud to have played a role in that.

So far we’ve had events in the Bay Area, Austin, and Paris. This summer, we’ll be having inaugural XX+UX events in NYC, London, and Sydney!


What’s your favorite Google moment so far?
As a member of the Whizzy Whigs, the Google+ UX acapella group, we sang Bohemian Rhapsody at TGIF last year! It was incredibly fun being up on stage in front of the whole company!

What is one fun fact about you?
I can sing “If you’re happy and you know it” in Japanese.

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 Shelbey Roberts, a BOLD intern in Mountain View on the GooglersGive team.

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I’m an Android (kind of)! Last summer, one of my internship "projects" included walking around the Google New York office in a massively large, lime green Android costume greeting Nooglers (newly hired Googlers).


What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
One time, I watched a nightly news special on TV and it profiled Google and how it is consistently ranked among one of the best places to work in the entire world. I thought it was so interesting how Google developed such a successful company-wide operations strategy while still truly caring about their employees as human beings and being socially conscious of the world. One day I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to say I interned for a place like that?” From there, I applied and the rest is history!

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
I’m an anchor and a producer for the University of Michigan’s student-run television station called WOLV-TV. I write news content, operate cameras and audio switchboards and I get to be on air for our campus-wide audience! It’s hard work and long hours, but so much fun!

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
As a BOLD intern, I work with the GooglersGive team which coordinates many of the volunteering and giving initiatives that allow Googlers to help out local communities and other places around the world. My core project includes developing, advertising, distributing and analyzing a global GooglersGive internal survey, of which we use the feedback to improve Googlers’ overall experience with our volunteering and giving programs as well as increase participation.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
The best part about working with my manager and the rest of my team is that our entire job is to come together to develop and implement strategies that will help improve the communities around us and around the globe. From organizing company-wide community service opportunities, to encouraging employees to donate to charity, to launching environmental, hunger, and education campaigns, we are able to provide Googlers with opportunities to give back in a tangible way. We make an impact and it’s a great feeling!

What is something that you’ve learned thus far about working on a team and/or in a professional environment?
When you’re working with a team, a positive attitude goes a longgg way! Team members tend to appreciate seeing a smiling face or hearing an encouraging word especially in the midst of stressful projects and tight deadlines. That kind of happy spirit is contagious! Plus nobody likes working with a negative Nancy!

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 coolest thing I find is that Google trusts its interns to work on projects that full-time employees would work on. In my case, my team implements changes to their global volunteering and giving programs partly as a result of the data results that I provide them with. Even as an intern, my team not only values my opinions, but they also encourage me to voice my thoughts on how we as a team can improve the work that we do. It’s nice to know that I am able to contribute.

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 have officially overcome my discomfort with numbers! Before this summer, I was never the most confident person when it came to statistics and other forms of math. Quite frankly, if it had to do with numbers, I wanted nothing to do with it. But this summer, my entire project is data driven which requires me to frequently use math and problem solving. With the help of my team, I have been able to do things like learn Excel, analyze data, and transform a weakness into a developing skill. I am very proud of myself for keeping an open mind throughout this entire project!


What does “being Googley” mean to you?
To me, if you’re Googley, you’re not only intelligent and capable of doing your job, but you also convey a personality of friendliness and willingness to get to know others.



Best meal at Google so far?
The chicken, waffle, egg and bacon breakfast sandwich from the Cluck It Up food truck is absolutely incredible! It’s a glorious mix of sweet, salty and unhealthy topped off with bacon!

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
First step: You won’t know until you try, so just apply! Second step: Really use the application to showcase who you are as a person. Many students who apply have the performance skills needed for the job, but try to find your personal Googley fact and include it. Maybe you broke a world record, or you’re a national champion of something, or you started your own business or maybe you just have a very interesting personal background story. Whatever your BOLD fact is, think about highlighting it to show what sets you apart from everyone else.

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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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.

Denver Ogaro, a student at Harvard University originally from Kenya, is a Software Engineering Intern in our Cambridge office. Denver is completing his third internship with Google after previously working as an Engineering Practicum intern. Denver is named after his dad’s favorite country western singer, is fluent in four languages and when he is not studying he likes to play Cards Against Humanity, play Rock Band, and watch movies.



How did you get interested in Computer Science?
The first time I used a computer was at the beginning of my high school freshman year. It was one of the shared desktops in the school’s computer lab. Two years later, I discovered a vulnerability in the school’s network that allowed an attacker to gain access to exam questions and edit transcripts before they were printed.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google is just barely sixteen years old, and in its relatively short lifetime, it has revolutionized how we obtain and use information. We have become dependent on many of Google’s products in our daily lives, from its search engine, to its mapping service. It is every developer’s dream that code they write will change the world. I believe that that is more possible here at Google than anywhere else.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
I work with the knowledge-events team, which is responsible for building and analyzing Google’s repository of music concerts, festivals and other live events. The team’s job is to make sure that Google’s Knowledge Graph keeps up with upcoming events. Information generated by the team’s pipeline shows up in Search, in response to event-related user queries.

This summer, I will mostly focus on investigating ways of improving the quality of data produced by the pipeline. This will involve modifying the pipeline to detect sources of known inaccuracies, and implementing ways of correcting them.

Zachary has been an amazing host and mentor. Proactively, he has made himself readily available to help me answer any code-related questions I might have, and has gone out of his way to smooth my transition into the team. His desk is just a few feet from mine, and he regularly checks in to help me through a task I might be struggling with, explain some obscure part of the team’s codebase, or pick on a silly (but hilarious) design flaw in an internal tool.

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?
Interns and employees get to try out new products and product upgrades before they are released publicly. It is somewhat of a thrill being privy to technology that isn’t available to the rest of the world yet.

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?
The team keeps an internal dashboard that is used to query for and display statistics about data managed by the pipeline. I have just finished working on a changelist that fixes a few bugs it had, revamps its UX, and adds new functionality to its backend and UI. The new version of the dashboard will be available across Google in a few days.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
One of the company’s core values, and one that has become ingrained in the culture at Google, is to always put the user before any short-term financial gain. I think the most important part about being ‘Googley’ is being able to innovate solely for the purpose of improving people’s lives, and without hope of anything in return.

Best meal at Google so far?
The best burritos I have ever eaten are those at Charlie’s cafe.

What is your favorite part of the Google office in Cambridge?
On the third floor of 5CC, there is space overlooking Main Street that has a giant swing suspended from the ceiling. The swing is large enough for you to lie in. It is amazing.

Best intern event you’ve attended?
The Mountain View office organizes a boat cruise for interns and their hosts at the end of summer. I attended one a couple of years ago. It was unforgettable.


Denver’s summer intern host is Zachary Clifford, a Software Engineer in our Cambridge office. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. When Zachary isn’t coding, he enjoys playing board complex games like Settlers of Catan with a group of friends.

Where are you from originally?
I grew up in the second largest Paris in the world (or that’s what we claim about Paris, TX, anyway).

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I once entered a LEGO robotics competition. My robot was named Trogdor (of Homestar Runner fame) because it was mostly notable for catching fire. Needless to say, I didn’t do very well in that competition.

What inspired you to host an intern?
I wanted to get involved with some of Google’s outreach programs, meet some people about to start on their careers, and get some experience managing/mentoring someone.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of the work you do?
I work on upcoming events in Search. Today you can ask Google about musical performers, and their Knowledge Card will show you upcoming events that we understand. I’m working on making the data behind it even better.

What’s the best part about your team?
We are working on a relatively prominent feature for people seeking information about artists, so I can see the impact on Search directly. The system is largely self-service for big and small performers, so I like to think we’re opening up a little bit of Search to content creators.

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?
Google is working on many amazing projects across the company, and the ability to move teams keeps me interested. I also have the opportunity to work closely with Googlers in offices around the world as part of my daily job, which is very exciting.

What’s the best part about working with your intern?
I’ve enjoyed outlining problems we’re trying to solve with Denver and seeing what solutions he comes up with for them. Having a new team member with a fresh perspective is great for that.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
Treating others with respect, being a little quirky, and above all, being enthusiastic about change.

Best meal at Google so far?
I really like the sushi bar.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
The keys to doing well at Google are knowing the fundamentals of computer science and being able to learn new things quickly. We have some amazingly complicated systems to solve the big problems we face, and quickly understanding them is an important part of building on top of them.

Dream Google office to visit?
Zurich. I’ve already been to Tokyo, NYC, SFO, and MTV. I hear Zurich is really nice.

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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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. 

For today's post, meet Cassie Kozyrkov, a Decision Support Intern located in the Google Mountain View office. Cassie is a PHD in Statistics at North Carolina State University. When she’s not crunching numbers and working on machine learning, you can find her at the theater, making art, or playing MOBA games.



Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I rode an ostrich once!

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google defines so much of today's technological landscape and all of its employees (even the interns!) have a real chance at creating delight, convenience, and opportunity for the world at large. That’s a huge part of why I chose Google. If that’s not reason enough, who wouldn’t be curious about what it’s like to work in Google's quirky environment?

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I'm part of the Ads Metrics team. My project focuses on using statistical methods to improve the experience of users who are actively shopping online using their smartphones, helping them find what they're looking for faster.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
My manager, Dan Liu, is wonderfully energetic and friendly (and super-smart, of course). It's a delight to work with her! As for the best part about my team - it's a tough call between their patience in getting me up to speed and their hilarious banter during morning coffee meetings.


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 heated toilet seats. Just kidding!

I love the speed at which ideas can become reality here. After working for 4 years in psychology labs (grants, tight budgets, and all kinds of red tape), it felt almost unreal when my boss said in week one, "Okay, I like that idea! Just do it.”

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've got an interdisciplinary background, so I'm really proud that the project I've started here at Google has allowed me to act as a bridge between teams with very different skill sets and approaches. We've had a lot of great, fresh ideas from the collaboration. (And yes, I did get a prototype working within my first few weeks here.)

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
Being Googley means having incredible mental flexibility and a way of brightening the day of everyone you come into contact with. The Googliest people I know have colorful personalities and genuinely care about others.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Don't try to fit a career stereotype. Highlight the experiences, skills, quirks, and interests that make you unique - part of what makes Google an amazing place to work is that Googlers dare to be unusual.


Best meal at Google so far?
Before the summer is over, I'm pretty sure I'll send a thank you card to whoever is responsible for the heavenly gluten-free cherry cakes at breakfast.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
Did you just mention the theatre? Let's go!

I also spend a lot of time playing MOBA games and making art by abrading mirrors with sandpaper. (Remember to wear a respirator if you try it at home, kids.)

Dream Google office to visit?
Google Ghana in Accra - I haven't traveled nearly enough in Africa and I'd love the excuse.

While at Google, Cassie is interning with her host, Dan Liu, on the Ads Quality Team. Dan attended Tsinghua University in Beijing before getting her PHD from UCSD and coming to Google in 2008. Originally from China, Dan chose Google because she wanted “to work with smart people and have a big impact”. Dan is a former Google intern herself, so she knew the benefits of interning when she signed on to host Cassie.

What are you working on at Google?
I am an analysis in Ads Quality working on developing ads metrics to measure user’s experience.

Why did you want to host an Intern?
I benefited a lot from my Google internship before I joined google as a full time, and would like to offer someone the same opportunity to learn and grow. Also, I know interns can contribute a lot to the right project.

What’s the best part of working with Cassie as your intern this year?
Cassie is very passionate and has a good intuition of our users’ behaviors and needs. Discussions with her always allow me to put myself into the user's shoes, which is critical to better measure and improve the user’s experience.

What’s the best part about your team?
Everyone is super smart and super fun to work with.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Traveling; I love seeing new places and experiencing different cultures.

What’s your favorite Google moment so far?
My tennis partner and I won the Google tennis championship (group B) in mixed double in 2010


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. 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!
Before the start of my freshman year of college, I backpacked in the Talkeetna Mountain range of Alaska as a Class of 2016 Levine Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I spent the summer sleeping in tents, scaling mountainsides, and seeing amazing sites. I did all of this without running water, which meant no showers for almost an entire month!


What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
A personal mentor of mine, Fabian Elliott, is a former BOLD intern and is now a full-time Googler in the Chicago office. He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has set an excellent example that I attempt to embody through my personal and professional life. I heard of his experience as a BOLD intern, applied, and quickly realized I could not pass up this opportunity.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
Currently, I am working on the People Operations Programs and Communications team. My current project involves completing the Great Place To Work Application, which will determine Google’s ranking amongst the Fortune list of the best places to work in the United States. We hope that this will be the sixth year of winning the #1 spot on the list.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
If you walk into my workspace, it won’t be long until you hear the singing of a catchy song or jingle followed by the laughter of the entire cube. My team may be super silly at times, but we always get work done. I consider my manager, Annie Robinson, to be like a second mom to me. The best part about working with her, and the rest of the People Operations Programs + Communications team, is that I can sense that they genuinely care about my well-being and want to see me succeed in my role as an intern. My team challenges me professionally by providing me with an active workload, but also caring about my personal development and constantly stressing the importance of an inclusive intern experience.

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 are great! My favorite part about working at Google has to be receiving the opportunity to work with my aforementioned team members. They have been able to provide me with an open, positive working environment that I do not think could be recreated elsewhere.

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?
Thus far, I have already been able to present at a People Programs + Comms weekly meeting and hope to continue to develop my public speaking skills through similar opportunities as the summer continues.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
When I think about “being Googley” several words come to mind: audacious, open-minded, and thinking big.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Though this may sound cliche, I would offer this one piece of advice to potential student applicants: “Just be yourself.” I have already learned from my few weeks of working in Mountain View that the stereotypical Googler does not exist. No one possesses an identical perspective or the same pathway to Google and I believe this sort of diversity is greatly embraced by the company.

Best meal at Google so far?
Cheeseburgers and fries hold a special place in my heart, so I am slightly biased when I say the cheeseburger and fries I had for lunch during my first few weeks here has been the best meal I have had while at Google.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
Throughout the year, I am often busy with my coursework and studying, but I am also actively involved in my school’s Student Government Association and recently joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Outside of the classroom and library, I enjoy spending time with my friends and fraternity brothers, while planning on-campus events that the entire student body can enjoy. With my fraternity, I look forward to competing in this year’s step shows and other performances.

Dream Google office to visit?
If I had the opportunity to visit any Google office in the world, it would probably be one in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Visiting an office like our Singapore office would be an immersive cultural experience that I believe would be the experience of a lifetime!

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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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 Andrew Ring, a Software Engineering Intern in Google’s Chicago office. Andrew just finished his BS in Computer Science and will be headed back to the Computer Science Masters program at the University of Illinois at Chicago this fall, focusing on Artificial Intelligence, especially Machine Learning. When he’s not coding, you can find him spending time with his wife and four awesome kids. He also enjoys photography, racquetball, science fiction, and space exploration (he has also interned with NASA!).


What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I’ve respected Google for a long time, not only for their technical achievements, but (perhaps more importantly) for their ethical and moral standards. Google’s well known mantra of “Don’t be evil” is a very powerful statement to me. It’s a recognition of the ability to violate people’s privacy and expectations that everyone deals with everyday, but is much more pronounced at a large data dependant organization such as this. It’s also a commitment to fight against that possibility. I respond really positively to this view, and think it’s important that this issue is given a great deal of emphasis.

On top of a solid ethical foundation, I have been very impressed by the breadth of problems that Google has been tackling. My favorite example is the self-driving car program (Disclaimer: I’m not working on this project, I’m just a fan). I’m thrilled at the idea that we could help save tens of thousands lives every year that are lost to car accidents by systems which can respond much more quickly, consistently and soberly than humans.

As to the application process and encouragement, I have to thank a couple of my professors for helping encourage me in that realm, specifically Prof. Tanya Berger-Wolf and Dr. Mitch Theys.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I’m working on the Double Click for Publishers, Inventory Management and Forecasting core team. It’s a mouth full, I know. Basically, the team projects advertising traffic information into the future to help content publishers (website owners) plan out advertising on their websites.

I’m working on the backend system for this, and am transitioning some of the storage architecture to be more efficient, saving resources. I’ve also been updating some internal monitoring tools to help the team more quickly analyze the state of the system.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
Steve has really set me up to be able to work on a meaningful project which will have a tangible impact, which is really exciting and encouraging. He provides good support while still giving me enough room to be self driven.

Joel is a fantastic technical mentor, and I love all of the little efficiency improvements he’s able to impart. Everyone on the team has been extremely friendly and helpful, and it’s made it a wonderful environment to work in. Thanks guys!

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. Everyone has been very friendly and supportive, but more than that it’s an intellectually stimulating environment. There are big challenges being faced, and the supportive discourse is pervasive. It’s a wonderful blend of anything is possible and a pragmatism that allows for tangible accomplishments.

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?
One of the first things I worked on, as I was getting used to the technical environment / infrastructure, was some internal tools. A particular one was suffering from slow down, and I restructured and expanded it to make it much more responsive. It was a really good feeling to finish that and allowed me to get a feel for the whole process before tackling a much larger challenge. Context is critical, so this is a huge benefit for me.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
I feel the core of this is an attitude built of optimism and care. Care for people, both Googlers, our users, and beyond. Care for the immediate and the future. Optimism as to how far we can go if we work together.

What’s your favorite thing about working in the Chicago office?
Not having grown up in a big city, I love getting the experience of working downtown among all the high rise buildings. There is a certain gravitas to the scale in which I find myself, walking from the train station or looking out the window at work.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Think seriously about what it is you care about and want to achieve. You are a unique and able individual. Figure out what you dream of doing, and work towards that dream. Your passion will show, your drive will make you work harder, and better. The person that you are is as important as the skills that you’ve learned. You need them both.

Best meal at Google so far?
I’m going to have to go with BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwiches, though stir fry day is definitely a close second.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
I spend most of my time outside work at home with my four wonderful children. Outside that, I’ve spent a lot of time in robotics over the years, from UIC’s Chicago EDT (Engineering Design Team) who competes in various robotics competitions throughout the year, to a two year internship at NASA Ames Research Center where I worked primarily on human robotic collaboration projects.

Dream Google office to visit?
I’d love to visit Sydney, Australia. It looks like a beautiful place, and it would be fun to get exposed to a cultural perspective which has grown out of a different part of the world.

What is something that you’ve learned thus far about working on a team and/or in a professional environment?
I’ve definitely gained an appreciation for what thorough code reviews can provide in the sharing of information about a system. It’s not a practice that tends to crop up in academic settings, so I didn’t have a lot of experience on that front prior to this, but it’s been very helpful. It takes time, but the end result is better and there is less stress because you know someone else will have the chance to catch it if a mistakes slips past you. I also love that the attention to detail goes all the way down to the level of grammar in comments. ;)

Andrew’s intern host at Google is Steven Milak. Steven attended Purdue University and has been a Software Engineer at Google since 2008. When Steve isn’t working on Inventory Management and Forecasting, you can find him in the office’s gym, doing 50 pushups and pullups daily. He has advice for those pursuing an internship or career at Google...and a strange story about some nut-throwing monkeys.


Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I was once attacked by a bunch of nut-throwing spider monkeys while hiking in the jungle.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Most of my time outside of work is spent with my family. Some fun things we do together are hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, soccer, bike rides, and visiting with family and friends.

What inspired you to host an intern?
Over the past 6 years that I have been here people have always taken the time to help coach and grow me as an engineer. I desired the opportunity to do that for another individual. In a sense, to pay it forward.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of the work you do?
Inventory Management and Forecasting, which is a feature of the larger DFP ads platform. IMF basically forecasts the traffic to a site and helps the publisher maximize their advertising opportunities.

What’s the best part about your team?
The people with which I have the privilege of working.

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?
Again, the people. The caliber of people on our team (and, for that matter, Google Chicago Engineering as a whole) is absolutely amazing.

What’s the best part about working with your intern?
The excitement, cheerfulness, and eagerness that he [Andrew] brings to the job every day. For example, I had to smile when he kept telling me how awesome it was to push a button from his workstation and have 800 machine cores running for him in Oregon.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Make sure you can solve problems and that code can roll off the tips of your fingers!

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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For today's post, meet Marieh Scales, a BOLD intern on the People Operations team in Mountain View.

Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I collect stickers off of fruit.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
I am part of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a career prep program, of which Google is one of the corporate partners. Through the program, I was able to visit the New York office and better understand the many different roles within Google. That trip helped me realize that Google wasn’t solely a tech company and that there are many other equally important roles that make Google a wonderful company. As a potential intern, I enjoyed learning about how valuable employee development is to Google as a company, and I was sure that if selected as an intern, I would not only further develop my pre-existing skills, but I would also learn new skills.

What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I am working in People Operations, specifically in the PeopleDev organization with the Metrics and Evaluation team. I have been tasked with two major projects. The first is to reverse-integrate two major websites (and other online resources that overlap with similar content) to create a one-stop-resource for Program Managers and Program facilitators. This resource will outline all phases of the program design cycle, including assessments and evaluation. In addition, I help to improve the user-functionality of a dashboard which helps Program Managers evaluate and conduct post-program survey analysis. In essence, both projects will simplify the process of conducting program evaluations and assessments.

What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
What I like about my host is that she trusts me enough to give me a project/task and the autonomy to finish it the best way I see fit. It gives me ownership and really challenges me to use my critical thinking skills. I often think to myself “would my team do it this way?” or “How would my team approach this problem?”

My team are also such comedians! I laugh a lot, but at the same time get so much work done. They make Google an even more enjoyable place to work. Each team member has their own super skill, which makes my team all the more phenomenal.

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?
It was not hard to transition from school to Google. (I had two days between the end of the semester and my start date.) I love the fact that the dress code is, “just wear clothes,” and that there is flexibility with the hours in your day. Also, I like working in a huge workspace with five other people. I never feel isolated or alone, plus it makes it easier to build a relationship with my team.

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’m looking forward to the completion of the reverse-integration project that I spoke of earlier. While I am sure the project will be completed and easier to use than previous versions, I am anxious to see how many people will utilize the website!

Dream Google office to visit?
Sao Paulo

Best gFit class?
The Brazilian Samba class! UJam is a close second!

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
Being Googley means being your genuine self. There is no right or wrong way to be Googley—as long as you treat others like you want to be treated! I don’t feel like I need to hide my interests, or be dishonest with people. It’s ok to say, “that [insert music/sport/game/etc.] just isn’t my thing,” and I am not judged for that.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
Dance! Give me an upbeat tempo and I am sure to work up a sweat!



What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Repeating myself

What is something that you’ve learned thus far about working on a team and/or in a professional environment?
Work with the information that you have and if need be, ask questions. But you’ll almost never have every minute detail given to you, so do the best with what you have.

If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
Be genuine. Do not try to hype up your accomplishments, service hours, skills, etc. Be genuine and that will shine through on the application.

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.