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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!
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’m from Lübeck, Germany - a lovely little city north of Hamburg. If you haven’t been there: GO, it’s beautiful! :)

Where and what do/did you study at University?
I did my Bachelors in ‘International Business Administration’ at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), The Netherlands. I’m currently enrolled in a Masters program in Business Information Management.

What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
At Google, you can truly be yourself. You can dress however you like and express yourself freely, without having to worry about being judged. Everyone I’ve met at Google has been nothing but welcoming and open-minded. The people at Google are really amazing!

What type of internship are you doing? Give a brief description.
I’m doing a 3 month Business Associate Internship in the SMB Services team at Google’s Wroclaw, Poland office. As a native German speaker, I joined the DACH team, which means that I work with customers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We support small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in their marketing activities using Google AdWords. At its core, this entails understanding their business environment, discussing the goals of their online efforts, setting up AdWords campaigns and analyzing their results.

At my workstation, chatting to a client

What does your workday look like?
It starts with an awesome breakfast! After my morning glass of fresh orange juice and some fruit, I would usually support our customers either by calling, emailing or having a chat. When I don’t know the answers, I can always consult with my colleagues, which is important to really understand all underlying issues and learn. On average, I would also have a couple of hours a day to work on my intern project, which in my case was focused on increasing our customer satisfaction. I looked into past data, found patterns, interviewed people from different offices and departments, and had meetings to keep all stakeholders updated.

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?
It would have to be when I presented my project findings to my team and management at the end of my internship. It was really exciting to share what I had been working on over the past few months ― knowing that the work I’ve put into my project was really insightful to them.

Motivational Message

What moment stood out to you, where diversity in the team made for better and more innovative work?
Time for balloons!

This would have to be planning a TGIF (Thank Google It's Friday!) with the other interns. We were a group of students from all over Europe with different backgrounds and experiences. The input from so many diverse people certainly made the planning a very creative process, with many different ideas and thoughts being picked thrown on the table in making the 'Intern TGIF' a summer highlight.

For me it’s really important that a workplace is international and has diversity. I greatly appreciate that Google provides me with just that. It’s really awesome!

We all know Googler’s 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?
Assuming that you, as the reader, already know all about the amazing food, gym and massages, my favorite part of Google is how amazing the people are. I’ve made so many friends and have had such amazing times. Speaking of time, time flies when you’re at Google. Really, it’s that much FUN!
Enjoying the Google swings has also been one of my favorite parts.

What does “being Googley” mean to you?
It's kind of hard to define. But ultimately, what it comes down to is: being an open-minded, social and caring individual (perhaps mixed with a little bit of craziness).

What do you like most about your Google office and its locations?
When I found out that Google imports German products like "Club Mate" or "Fritz Cola" for us, I couldn't quite believe it. This was just the cherry on the cake. Or more like the softly baked Oreo cookie on my cake, as I'm not actually a big fan of cherries. Anyhow, the office is amazing! I remember how on my first day when I was given an office tour, I was just walking around with my mouth wide open, not quite believing this is where I'd be working over the next months.

Highlights: the relaxing room with its massage chair, the fact that we have an office dog, and the central location of the office with a view over the city.

Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
This year I have dedicated myself to music by joining the 'Acapella Project' at my university and starting piano lessons. It's my goal to be able to play a couple of my favorite songs on piano and sing along to them, by the end of the year.

What will you do after your internship?
I’m going on exchange for my Masters in Canada, for about half a year. As sad as I am that my internship is over, I’m super excited about living in North America for a while. And who knows, maybe I’ll return to Google faster than I think ;)

What are your top 2 tips to potential student applicants?
1. Believe in yourself! It sounds cheesy, but it’s really important. Once you’re in the recruitment process, you must believe that you have the ‘googleyness’ they are looking to see in you (because you do!), show them what an engaged and caring person you are. Google isn’t all about having the best grades; it’s much more about being an engaged worker with ambition.

2. This might sound a bit dull, but prepare well. Depending on what internship you’re applying for, the questions might vary of course, e.g. if you’re applying for SMB Services/Sales, you should familiarize yourself with the relevant products, be clear about your motivation, your aspirations ,etc.

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you! :)

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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The annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing wrapped up last week, and as attendees from all over the world head back to their schools, universities, companies, and organizations, we want to reflect on what our commitment to this Celebration means to Google.

What started as a vision and a blank piece of paper shared between Anita Borg and Telle Whitney over dinner in 1994, has now become the single largest gathering of women in computing. From the first conference in Washington DC with 500 attendees, the Grace Hopper Celebration has grown exponentially to the massive number of over 8,000 attendees this year.

Google has been attending the Grace Hopper Celebration for over a decade, and we are proud to show our long-standing dedication to this conference by partnering at the highest level as a Visionary Platinum Sponsor. Google has been working with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) since 2004, and Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Knowledge, has been a member of the ABI Board of Trustees since 2006. To Google, Grace Hopper is more than a conference, it's an opportunity to invigorate and unite technical women.

20,000 glowsticks lit up the final night’s celebration at Grace Hopper.

We experienced many highlights this year and encouraged attendees to post about their experiences, as they happened using the hashtag #GoogleGHC14. These posts most accurately capture the exhilaration of GHC on-the-ground; excitement over seeing the self-driving car, reunions between interns, chatting with Megan Smith, the new Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and students pleased to demo Cardboard and get their very own to bring home.

Grace Hopper also reminds us of the work we have left to do to welcome future generations of women to the tech field and to retain those already here. GHC serves as a setting for women to share their experiences--and talk honestly about technology--the amazing, the awe-inspiring and even the extremely challenging aspects.

When we talk with faculty on college campuses, they frequently tell us how important the Grace Hopper Celebration is for their students, and that Grace Hopper can often serve as a game-changer for younger students in solidifying their interest in Computer Science. For that reason, Google was proud to sponsor travel scholarships for over 100 students, as well as invite and fund over 200 of our interns to join the celebration at Grace Hopper. These students came from all over the world; as far as Kazakhstan and South Africa. One travel grant recipient, Brianna Fugate, class of 2018 at Spelman College had this to say about her experience at Grace Hopper:

“Thank you so much for the opportunity and grant to attend Grace Hopper. When I share my stories with young girls considering tech I always tell them how important it is to have a strong network of social encouragement. It was an amazing experience to network with so many successful women in tech and gain insight as to what path I should be taking as a woman just beginning her journey in this industry.”

The Grace Hopper Celebration allows women in computing and their allies to connect, develop skills, and become invigorated as we - at Google and in the larger computing community - set our vision for bringing even more women into the technology industry. We can hardly wait for GHC 2015, and hope to see you in Houston!

Posted by Sidnie Davis, University Programs Specialist

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Applications are currently open for the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 2015. This scholarship supports talented computer scientists with a disability across Europe by offering 7,000 Euros towards their studies for 2015-16. As part of this commitment, Google has teamed up with EmployAbility, an organization dedicated to assisting disabled and dyslexic students in the transition from education to employment.


We recently caught up with Michael, a student from Russia and 2014 recipient of the Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, to hear first-hand about his experience as a Google Scholar:


So Michael, tell us a little about yourself…

I am studying for an undergraduate degree in Information Engineering and Management at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. For me,Computer Science and its subdomain of Software Engineering are fields which offer an intellectual challenge and satisfaction through innovation and problem-solving. I enjoy analysing problems and then designing and implementing applications that solve these problems in the most efficient and elegant way.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in creating and developing new technologies that will improve human life in some tangible form.

What do you think of the application process?

The application process was very clear: you have to write several essays, upload your resume and find two referees who will write letters of recommendation for you. If you are an international student, then you will also need to translate your official documents into English before submitting them with your application.

If at any stage during the preparation of your application you have any queries or problems, don't hesitate to contact the EmployAbility team, they can very quickly help you with any question and they can also give you valuable advice. They helped me several times with my application at the beginning.

In what way(s) has the Scholarship had an impact on your studies?

The scholarship, as recognition from Google and my university, was very important to me. It increased my confidence and encouraged me to continue what I am doing and to work even harder to achieve my goals.

During the course of my studies I wanted to attend some tech conferences. Now, after receiving this scholarship, not only will it be possible for me to attend these conferences, but I can also attend several others.

What tips would you give to someone when it comes to applying?

Start your application process with writing the answers to the essay questions. In writing your essays try to show who you really are, talk about your interests, contributions to open-source projects and commitment to computer science and technology. But don't forget that the Google Scholarship will assess you as a whole person, therefore your leadership skills and achievements are also crucial for this application.

If you are not sure you understand particular questions or any other aspects of the application process, discuss your issues with EmployAbility - they can really help.

Other important pieces of the application package are your recommendation letters. Try to submit your application early and leave enough time for your references to write them for you. It is in your own best interest.

Besides the financial benefit, what else did you gain from the scholarship?

I am extremely grateful to Google for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. It really means a lot to me. This has given me more confidence and understanding of what I can achieve, and has motivated me to continue to work on my projects, make contributions to assistive technology and promote the value and importance of Computer Science among students with disabilities and also encourage them to consider careers in technology.

Did the scholarship influence your thoughts about a career at Google or within the Tech sector?

It certainly did. It made me feel more confident in my abilities and once again confirmed my plan to have a career in the tech industry. I hope to continue to develop my technical breadth and depth while taking on more responsibilities and leadership. By the time I graduate from my university, I’d like to either start a tech company or join a company such as Google, a company that has a disability inclusive and diverse environment made up of smart people who work on innovative products that change the world around us.

What advice would you give to someone who isn’t sure about applying for the scholarship?

If you are not sure whether you should apply or not try to write the answers to essay questions and prepare all the necessary documents. After that you can ask the EmployAbility team to look at your application and judge whether there is enough relevant content and what can be done to improve your application. Even if you are unsuccessful in your scholarship application, you can reapply next year. You have nothing to lose, but you could potentially gain a lot.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Applications close on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, 17:00 GMT.

For questions about the scholarship or your application, please reach out to EmployAbility at googlescholarship@employ-ability.org.uk.

Posted by Efrat Aghassy, EMEA Scholarships Program Manager

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We are very excited to announce that applications for the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship have opened today and university students in EMEA are eligible to apply.


The Google EMEA Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship honors Dr. Anita Borg who devoted her life to encouraging the presence of women in computing. The scholarship is open to current female undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applicants should be enrolled in a Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related technical program and maintain a record of strong academic performance. Recipients of the Scholarship will each receive a € 7,000 (or equivalent) award for the 2015-2016 academic year. As an Anita Borg Scholar, you will participate in a unique program that includes professional development as well as outreach in your community which kicks-off at the Scholars Retreat in Zurich.

We will be accepting applications until Monday, February 2, 2015, 17:00 GMT. Apply today!

For more on Google’s scholarships please visit www.google.com/students/scholarships.

Posted by Efrat Aghassy, EMEA Scholarships Program Manager

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We are excited to announce that applications are now open for 2015 Google scholarships. The application deadlines are in mid January, but don’t wait to get started on your application!

At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. Our education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. We are now accepting applications from current university students, undergraduate and graduate, for the following scholarship programs:


Read through these helpful tips before getting started on your application.

Apply!
The first advice is simple: apply! You never know unless you apply - don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

What we look for
When evaluating scholarship applications, we are especially interested in the following qualities: passion for and commitment to computer science, technical accomplishments, leadership and involvement in your community, and academic achievements. Keep these in mind as you fill out your application.

Work on your resume
Be sure to update your resume, as it is an important component of the application that helps us understand your interest and accomplishments in computer science. Google has some tips for preparing your technical resume here. Your university’s career center may also be a helpful resource.

Be descriptive and call out your accomplishments
Don’t be shy when it comes to describing your accomplishments. We often come across applications where the applicant has worked on an amazing project or has great leadership experience, yet barely mentions this in their application! While we evaluate an applicant on all components of the application (i.e., resume, references, transcript, and essays), we want to know what’s important to you, and we encourage you to call out the accomplishments that you are proud of.

The essays matter
The essays help us to get to know you better and they hold a lot of weight in the review process. We read through many applications and what we remember most is the quality of the essays. Read the questions carefully and answer each component of the question, as they’re designed to help us evaluate your application based on the criteria we look for. Trust us, someone who has put a lot of time and effort into their essay questions stands out above the rest!

Proofread
Though this may sound simple, you may be surprised at the number of grammatical and spelling errors that we find in our application pool. You wouldn’t be ruled out for a typo, but a well-polished application does say something about the effort you put in filling it out.

Be mindful of deadlines--both for yourself and for your references
Don’t miss out just because the deadline slipped your mind! Mark your calendars and be sure to submit your application on time. Likewise, give your references ample time to write a recommendation and remind them about the approaching deadline to ensure your application is complete.

For more information on all scholarship programs, please visit the Google Scholarships site.




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We are excited to announce that professor registration for the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC 2015) is now open.

The Google Online Marketing Challenge, now in its eighth year, is an annual global online marketing competition for students from higher education institutions around the world. Student teams develop and run an online advertising campaign using Google AdWords and/or Google+ for a real business or non-profit organization of their choice, using a US $250 budget provided by Google. An independent GOMC Panel of Academics, along with our own team, review the campaigns and select winning teams based on the success of their campaign and the quality of their competition reports.

Why GOMC?
  • GOMC provides a unique, hands-on learning experience by integrating a real-world business partner and budget into the classroom.
  • Students get a chance to support their local community by working with a non-profit, and the opportunity to win donations from a total pool of US $30,000.
  • GOMC enables professors to provide their students with an engaging and innovative in-class experience, which provides real-world impact and grading material.
  • Great prizes for global and regional winners of the challenge, including trips to Google offices, digital devices and more.

To learn about the impact of GOMC on the lives of students and academics, check out this recent video:


What’s next?
In order for a student team to participate in the competition, they need to have their Professor register first. Professors can register from Oct 8th, 2014 until April 8th, 2015, and students from October 15th, 2014 until April 22nd, 2015.

For more information, please visit www.google.com/onlinechallenge. To stay informed about GOMC, add our Google+ Page to your circles: google.com/+googleonlinemarketingchallenge.

Here’s your chance to make a global impact!