How To Get An Internship At Google
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In today's labor market, employers rely heavily on resumes that display a relevant work history, whether from internships, volunteer work, or actual job experience. When attempting to enter the job market, it's all about competition.
An internship enables you to gain first-hand exposure to working in the real world. It also allows students to utilize the skill, knowledge, and theoretical practice they learned in university. You can gain an endless amount of education in your life. However, that knowledge doesn't always translate to working life. The experience we go through is what makes us.
As a tech student, we always try our best to get hired by the best tech companies. Google is one of the best tech companies in the world right now. Not only that, but Google also offers various internships such as Engineering & Technical internships, UX, Project Management, and many more for students. And Google interns get paid more than most full-time employees across the country. According to Glassdoor, the average Google intern makes $5,678 per month or $68,136 per year.
Google offers different types of internships, which are outlined below, along with minimum requirements:
Engineering and Technology Internships
- Associate Product Manager: Currently pursuing a bachelor’s, master's, or Ph.D. degree in computer science or related field.
- Engineering Practicum: Currently, a first - or second-year undergraduate student pursues a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field at a 4-year.
- Hardware Engineering: Currently pursuing a full-time bachelor’s, master's, or Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field.
- Mechanical Engineering: Currently pursuing a full-time bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field.
- Software Engineering: Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science or related technical field.
- STEP (Summer Trainee Engineering Program): Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field.
- User Experience: Currently pursuing a full-time BA/BS degree in graphic design, human-computer interaction, computer science, or related field
How to Apply
Once you've found the perfect internship, the next step you need to take is to send your application. There are four main ways to do this:
Applying online on the Google internship portal. You will need your resume and transcript in PDF format. You can also add an optional cover letter.
Ask someone in Google to refer you. You can find them on LinkedIn who work at Google. This will only get you past the resume screening process. After that, the procedure is the same for everyone.
Mailing Google HR
Find a previous google employee ( x-googler ) or a former inter. Ask him/her to provide you the email address of HR. Mail the HR directly, clearly stating your purpose with a well-crafted cover letter and resume.
Google Summer of Code
Google Summer of Code is a global program where students work on the project with open source organizations under mentorship. Students contact the mentor organizations they want to inter with and submit a project proposal.
Prepare for an Interview
Interviews are one of the most difficult parts of the hiring process. But as long as you come prepared, you should be alright. Here are some interview tips to keep in mind:
Research, The Company
It is essential to learn about the company you are interviewing—lookup for important information about the company - vision and mission, key personnel, and recent milestones. It would help if you also read up on the latest news about the specific department or vertical you are interviewing.
Analyze Job Description
Read the job description carefully, and make a list of the points to justify how you can achieve these specific duties.
Prepare For Tests
Do prepare for any written tests, activities, and/or presentations mentioned in the job posting. This way, there will be no surprises during the interview, and you will be mentally prepared for it.
Ask a trusted friend or family member to roleplay with you and practice answering common interview questions like 'tell me about yourself,' 'describe who you are,' 'why should I hire you,' 'why do you want this job,' 'where do you see yourself in five years,' etc. Please make a list of such potential questions related to the job profile, background, company, etc. and prepare them in advance.
Good communication skills can go a long way in impressing the interviewer. Listen carefully to everything the interviewer is saying. When communicating, speak calmly and clearly. Don’t be in a rush to get all the answers out. Avoid mumbling as it makes you look nervous and unsure. If you do not know the answer, be honest about it. Always maintain good body language. When you talk to an interviewer, be sure to look at them. Don’t look down or at the wall or the clock. This shows a lack of confidence.
Every interviewer may have a different style of talking and conducting an interview. Follow their lead in their way of talking and professional behavior. This will show you can listen well and adapt easily to the office environment.
In case you feel the interview isn’t going as well as you hoped, don’t be sad or demotivated?. Continue to reply honestly and enthusiastically. Remember, a positive attitude can leave a good impression on the interviewer.
Ask The Right Questions
The interviewer may ask you if you have any questions. Here, do not hesitate to bring up whatever concerns you. However, ask only relevant questions. These can be about attributes of the specific job and the department. Any random questions can be dealt with later.
No matter how your interview goes, always take a moment to thank the interviewers for their time and consideration. A positive attitude and polite behavior can go a long way in impressing people. Remember, the interview is all about you and how well you represent yourself. So be confident and well mannered.
Once you’ve completed the interview stage of Google’s hiring process, a hiring committee will review your application, and if you are deemed fit for the role, you will get the offer. Let's try our best.
Good Luck 🍀
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