Hangouts On Air: Google Interns
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Hangouts On Air: Google Interns

JESSICA: Hi, everyone
who is watching. My name is Jessica. I manage the Google students
page on Google+. It’s the channel to go to for
all news and updates related to students in Google. So we post internships,
programs, scholarships, announcements, and one of the
coolest things we talk about is our internship program, and
today I’m joined by some of the interns who we featured this
year in our Diary of a Summer Intern blog series. We’re going to start off by
having them introduce themselves. One of them is actually running
late to work so he’ll join us in a little bit, but
we’re going to start with those of us who are here now. So we’ll have them introduce
themselves, say what university they go to, what
they’re doing at Google and anything else they want to
share about themselves. So let’s start with Franklin. FRANKLIN: Hi guys my name is
Franklin [? O’Chen. ?] I’m a Kenyan. I study computer science
at the University of– JESSICA: Franklin, can you
talk a little bit louder? I can’t hear you. FRANKLIN: Okay. My name is Franklin, Franklin
[? O’Chen. ?] I’m a Kenyan By nationality. I studied computer science at
the University of Nairobi. [INAUDIBLE] At Google I’m a software
engineer at Emerging Markets team. Emerging Markets team is
typically assigned with coming up with projects. Projects that [INAUDIBLE] people
in emerging markets, mostly Africa And for my
internship I’m working in [INAUDIBLE] Zurich, Switzerland. JESSICA: Great. Jess, how about you go. JESS: My name is Jess. I go to Carnegie Mellon
University. I have three majors. I am studying computer science,
and logic, and philosophy. I am working in the Pittsburgh
office at Google, which is also conveniently where
Carnegie Mellon is. And the team that I’m working
with is the SRE team. That’s site reliability
engineering. JESSICA: Cool. How about you Pablo. PABLO: Hi everybody. I’m Pablo. I’m now doing an MBA at Haas,
in the University of California Berkeley. And [INAUDIBLE] is doing product marketing
in the Mobile Labs team. I’m in Mountain View. JESSICA: Awesome And Rio, last
but not least and staying up the latest for our Hangout. RIO: No, hi, my name’s Rio,
I’m a second year master’s student at Stanford, studying
computer science. And yeah I’m joining in
from the Tokyo office. It’s a little like midnight
right here, but during my daytime hours I’m actually an
intern in the APM program, which is the Associate Product
Management Internship. And specifically I get to work
on YouTube and within YouTube, a feature related to captions. JESSICA: Very cool. So we’re going to start off with
some general questions for each of you since you all
have such unique stories of what brought you Google. Franklin, do you want to tell
us a little bit about what it’s like working in the Zurich
office, and maybe how you came to Google and heard
about the internship and your experience so far? FRANKLIN: I’m working as a
[INAUDIBLE] and this is the first time I come out
of my country– JESSICA: Sorry, can
you talk louder? I can’t hear you. FRANKLIN: I’m saying this is the
first time I’ve come out of my home country. And so it is a really
good experience. I’m seeing a lot
of new things. Zurich is a very cool country. And Zurich– Switzerland is a very
cool country. And [INAUDIBLE] And everything is just perfect
in Switzerland. Google is very– I like it because
it’s fairly new. That’s something that people,
the biggest office in [INAUDIBLE] And it has so many engineers. All of them are really smart,
so you can learn a lot [INAUDIBLE] And there’s also a lot
of fun in Zurich. You get to know other people. Many people are friendly here. I’ve enjoyed myself. JESSICA: Good. Jess, why don’t you talk a
little bit about what it means to be an SRE and your
experiences as an SRE intern in Pittsburgh. JESS: For anyone who is not
familiar with SRE or liability engineering. That’s the folks who are making
sure that all the stuff inside of Google is working. If something breaks internally
there are people who get paged at two in the morning
to fix it. So as a consequence, most of the
stuff that the SREs work on is not necessarily
user-facing. So we can’t really say yeah I’m
working on YouTube, which is really awesome. But it’s really cool working for
the SRE team because you learn so much about Google
internals, Because you’re knee deep in fixing any problems that
go wrong, you learn a lot about the infrastructure in the
part of the company that you’re working for. So that’s been really cool. JESSICA: And how did you find
out about the SRE internship? JESS: So I was looking primarily
for positions at Pittsburgh, because I loved
the city and I was here already for school, and I want
to stay for the summer. And one of the teams that
contacted me during the interview process was the SRE
team and I really loved the project they had to offer me. I also knew people who
previously worked in that team and they vouched for everyone to
being really cool, which I can say after working for them
for almost three months is completely true. So it was really just
[INAUDIBLE] JESSICA: Cool. Pablo what about as
a grad intern. I know we have a lot of students
that ask us about non-engineering roles and
especially for grad students. Can you talk about how your
internship has been going maybe how you heard about
the job, the team you’re working on. Well the good thing about
doing a graduate program sometimes is that Google comes
to talk to you about different internships that they have,
different projects, different positions that thay have. So the process I guess is
different from engineers. So basically Google comes
to you in your city. They show you how amazing
Google is. And they get everybody excited
to apply to Google. This application process
is very simple. It’s through their website, and
the only thing that you need to know is where
to look at in the jobs website of Google. So it’s not a big deal. And now, once you’re in Google,
I don’t think being a graduate intern is different
from being an engineering intern in their [INAUDIBLE]
itself. And what I mean with this is
that Google is such a flat organization that it doesn’t
matter what your level of education is. It’s just– you talk to
everybody, everybody talks to everybody, everybody has access
to almost everybody. And everybody is treated
at here [INAUDIBLE] is taken care of. And you have a lot of speakers
[? here that ?] engineers have their own,
we have our own– Speakers here are more focused
on what we do. Basically [INAUDIBLE] but in the end it’s a very
flat organization. I would say that the industry
experience is not really different from what they do–
the engineers do basically. JESSICA: And what sort of work
have you been doing on your team this summer. PABLO: So this summer I’ve been
working on the Mobile Advertising team, as I said. And I’m doing marketing. So one of the project managers
in the Mobile Ads team wanted to know what’s going
on in the local Mobile Advertising space. What are other companies
doing. What are some startups doing
that is exciting and cool. One of the projects I was
working was [INAUDIBLE] people are doing outside Google
in this space, and how can Google do the better in this
space, what ideas I had. And that’s one project. And another project is that in
the Mobile Advertising team we have a huge initiative
that is GoMo. That propels businesses to go
mobile, to have [INAUDIBLE] And they wanted to create
a dashboard that could comprehensively measure
the success of these initiatives worldwide. And that’s huge because it’s
already launched in more than 20 markets. There’s a lot of data to
consider, to manage. It’s difficult to
find the data. You need to see if the campaign
has been successful or not This has been
my [INAUDIBLE]. JESSICA: Sounds exciting. And Rio, our Stanford student
who is all the way over in Tokyo, how is that transition
to heading to another continent for your internship,
and how has your internship been going so far? RIO: Oh, it’s been going
really great. I think it’s one of those
privileges that Google provides, both in full-time
employees and interns, to be able to work within this
Google, Googley– the way Pablo talked about the
flat company structure pretty much anywhere in the world. And Tokyo is no exception. I get to work alongside Japanese
engineers as well as American engineers, and people
come in and out a lot from different offices. And so it’s really nice to be
able to interact with so many different people, kind of like
what Franklin mentioned about working out of the
Zurich office. One nice thing about Tokyo is
that there’s so much do outside of the office as well. I’m sure it applies to a lot
of places around the world too, but Tokyo has a lot
of glamour and glitz. And the Tokyo office itself is
actually located in one of the more vibrant parts
of the city. So you just have to go out of
the office and you have tons and tons of places where you
want to go eat, have fun. Yeah it’s been really fun. JESSICA: Cool. Well that’s great timing. Look who’s decided to join us. We have Luke here. LUKE: Hey how’s it going guys. JESSICA: Luke is our
BOLD intern. Do you want to introduce
yourself and say where you go to school, what team
you’re working on? LUKE: Yeah absolutely. Hey guys. My name is Luke Fernandez. For I’m a senior at the
University of Texas in Austin. I’m a double major in
finance and film, so lots to choose from. I’m working on a team
called Interactive Solutions at YouTube. They manage all the large
marketing campaigns, so all the live streams for festivals,
all the contests and all the aggregate
channels. They just oversee the
implementation of all those. So it’s been really great summer
and I’m really excited to talk to everyone. JESSICA: Cool. So we just went over what people
have been working on this summer, and I know
you just got back from Lollapalooza. So do you want to talk a little
bit about how that went and what you were doing
to prepare for that? LUKE: Yeah, absolutely. So like I said my team runs all
the streams for the big music festivals, and our most
recent one was this past weekend, Lollapalooza. So before the festival there’s
a lot of talks that go in, pretty much just coordinating
the design for the channel that the live stream
actually runs on. So there’s actually a channel
through Lollapalooza,,
where the stream happens. And it shows two different
stages at once all throughout the entire day, a bunch of
different artists playing. So it’s just working with the
sponsor and the partner just to make sure that channel’s
the right feel for the festival, and the ads, and all
the other sponsorships across it are OK. But then when we actually get to
the festival it’s all about just kind of updating the
channel, and watching the feed, making sure everything
is dynamic, and making sure that it’s all up to date. On the second day there was
a huge thunderstorm at Lollapalooza and they actually
had to evacuate everyone from the festival including us. And when we came back our
production truck was flooded, So we couldn’t turn it on
or the entire festival would have blown up. So naturally we didn’t. So we got it back on for the
very, very last song and we were able to get the stream for
Red Hot Chili Peppers back up, the headliner for
that night, so everyone was really excited. Yeah, so a lot of time spent in
the truck, but also on my breaks is really, really awesome
because we were with YouTube and et cetera we got
cheap crew passes, which meant we could get backstage and front
stage for any shows. JESSICA: Very cool LUKE: Yeah it was
a great time. JESSICA: Awesome. Talk about some bumps in the
road that you had to navigate. LUKE: Yeah, definitely. JESSICA: Okay, so we’re going
to go with questions that we’ve gotten from some
of our followers. The first one is asking what the
most challenging part of your internship has been. So we have a lot of questions
to go through. We’re not going to have
everyone answer them. But let’s start with Rio since
I know you have some experiences that you could
talk about, in terms of challenges you’ve encountered. RIO: Well, I think one of the
things that’s interesting is the APM program and
the internship program for it really– it sort of throws you into the
deep and of a pool, and you’re entrusted with a lot
of responsibility. So what a product manager does
is essentially try to make a feature or a product that
someone comes up with an idea for. They want to make it usable
for the people. And in order to prefer to
actually get into the hands of normal everyday users, you need
to go through, obviously, making the product. But there’s all sorts of other
things like how do you publicize, how you market it,
does it make business sense, and who is it going to impact. Is it going to impact only a
small percentage of people or is it going to impact the
whole entire world? All sorts of questions. And I was given this
responsibility of tackling captions on YouTube And trying
to say OK, captions are great, how do we get more people
to use captions? And that’s a very broad question
to give an intern, and for the first couple weeks
I was like wow this is a big, big challenge. How do I go back to making it
and transforming it into something that I can
show and roll out? So that was probably my
biggest challenge. JESSICA: You were really thrown
in the deep end there. We kind of like to
do that with out interns though, right? I mean, you only have
a few weeks with us. We got to throw you in right
away and sink or swim. But you all seem to be doing
really well, that’s the goal. Jess, I think you said you could
also share a bit about your experiences. JESS: Sure. I think the most challenging
part of my internship so far has just been the
learning curve. There’s definitely been a lot
of stuff to pick up on. A lot of Google internal tools,
and infrastructure, and all this stuff that you just get
completely submerged in. You’re tossed into this giant
codebase that you’ve never seen before. So I think the hardest part of
my internship so far has just been getting up to speed and
doing it quickly, because the internships have
been so short. It’s twelve weeks,
give or take. So you really have to hit
the ground running. JESSICA: Yeah. And Franklin, did you have a
story want to share about something that’s been
challenging for you? FRANKLIN: Yeah sure. Similar to what Jess
just said. There is a lot of things to
learn as an intern, as a software engineering intern. You have to pick up a
lot of technologies that Google is using. You have to be able to pick
something out of that. I can tell you, it’s information
overload. And you don’t want to be just
the intern who came and left. So you want to come and do
something, maybe as a software engineering intern. I want to be the person
who came and– brings the test coverage from
70% to 100%, or introduce a new feature or something. You have to leave a mark. You have to be able to come
up with a balance. You have to be able to consume
multiple information and [INAUDIBLE] That’s how [INAUDIBLE] Google’s been going so far. PABLO: We lost you
Oh you’re back. JESSICA: Sorry, I don’t know
what happened there. Can you guys hear
me and see me. I’m in here twice now. This is weird. LUKE: Yeah One of them
is a sole frame. JESSICA: Weird. OK, sorry. Continue on. FRANKLIN: So like I was
saying, as a software engineering intern, one of the
biggest challenges has been information overload. There are a lot of things
to be able to learn. There are a lot of technologies
to learn. There are a lot of things
to pick up on and– do something big. So as a software engineering
intern my biggest challenge has been to be able to to
process all the knowledge, all the information that I’m given
and be able to make something out of it. You don’t just want to be the
intern who came and left and would much rather be able to
contribute and do something productive. So that has been the biggest
challenge so far. There’s a lot to do
in so little time. JESSICA: I like that. You don’t want to be
the intern who just came and left, right? You want to make your impact. OK, let’s go on to the
next question. How about Pablo, you can
tackle this one. How have you been able
to find a balance between work and play? Google has a lot of awesome
benefits for their employees. How have you been able to sit
yourself down to get work done, and then also be
[INAUDIBLE] across the way to a free concert like
we had yesterday. PABLO: It’s not easy. That’s really, a
good question. But I think, I guess, Googlers
are people who are responsible and who like [? a big deal. ?] So it’s not so much about
finding a balance saying, hey, I need to work X hours. I think there’s a lot of
flexibility there. So basically, they expect you
to get your work done, and they don’t care so much, at
least in my experiences– they don’t care so much about when
you do it, how you do it, or where you do it. So you can see people working
from the benches outside because it’s sunny outside. So it’s not like the classical
office environment that you need to sit at your desk and
not go for eight hours. You can have a lot
of flexibility. For example, in my case I’ve
been playing a soccer league in Mountain View. So I go to play soccer, and
that’s my free time. And everyone knows that I play
soccer on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM. So everybody understands that,
and everybody likes it, and they encourage you to do it. It’s not so much that you
need to fight for it. You’re encouraged to do stuff
outside for work, and they expect you to be responsible
and to be just Googley in that sense. So I don’t think it’s
a big deal. So you can do it, everybody
can do it if you’re responsible enough and you know where to find the balance. JESSICA: Good answer. Let’s see. We have got quite a few
questions to get through. So we’re going to move on to the
next one, which is, what’s your favorite part about working
at Google and all of you probably want
to answer this. But we’ll go to Rio
in Tokyo for this. RIO: OK, so I think my favorite
part is being able to really sort of highlighting what
Pablo talked about, the flat structure, it’s really
easy to be able to talk to other people in Google and sort
of come up to them and say hi, I have a question,
or here, I’d like to get to know you more. And what’s interesting here in
Tokyo is that you see a lot of people come from different
cultures. For example a lot of Japanese
students, or students who lived in the United States,
come back and they work for Google. And when you talk to them
there’s so many ideas, so many different cultures to come up,
and it’s a really humbling experience in that regard to be
able to talk to people and be able to have a conversation
really easily inside the office. JESSICA: OK Luke, I’m putting
you on the spot. What’s your favorite part
about working at Google? LUKE: Yeah, that’s
really tough. This is my second summer here,
and when I first came to Google I think my favorite thing
by far was the food. I’m an absolute fatty and just
love food and really, really take advantage of
all the food. But by the end of last summer,
I’ve really found that it is the people, and that’s honestly
what most people would say who’ve worked here
for a while is just that there’s nothing that beats
the people here. Everyone is so innovative and
smart, but clever and quirky and kind of weird in
their own way. Every day is a really
interesting day, so it’s definitely on the people that
I’ve had to work with. I love the content I work and I
love my function, but if it weren’t for the people,
my days wouldn’t be as great as they were. JESSICA: Cool. The next question we have is
what skills have you gained at Google that you plan to
take back to school? We’ll start with Jess
for this one. JESS: So actually that was an
awesome segue from Luke because I think the skill I’m
going to take most back to school is the ability to
ask people who know more than me for help. So I mentioned before that the
most challenging part of my internship has been just
learning everything and getting up to speed. And I feel like sometimes,
especially in really competitive school programs,
There can be a sense of not wanting to ask for help because
you’re competing to try to get into grad school,
trying to get into good jobs. But I found that at Google
people are so friendly and so willing to help, that one of
the things I really came to terms with was that it’s a
really good idea to ask people to explain things to you and
to bounce ideas off of. And I think that’s something
that a lot of schools try to foster, but it can be harder
in that kind of environment because I feel like it’s
apparently more competitive. So yeah, I think the biggest
one would be faculty, the ability to rely on in school
would be TAs and professors. At Google it was my coworkers,
being able to ask them to teach me new things. JESSICA: It’s a great skill to
learn when you’re this age. Franklin, what about you? FRANKLIN: I’d have to say
it’s working in a team. At Google you’re put in
a team to work with. And you’re supposed to
think up a project. You’re supposed to design it. All things are good. Working in a team has
been one of the skill-sets that I’ve learned. I’ve learned to be able to talk
to people, to be able to bounce out, and presenting
stuff as a group. And if we’ve been having a
problem, if you go to some of the people who probably know
more than me, who can always– at a position of where
they’d like to help. I’d like to talk to
a lot of people. That’s to my computer science
background of being able to learn how develop systems that
are going to be used by millions of people. So in that case you need to
consider a lot of things like availability, coding
for performance. Just, generally, I can say I’m
a better computer scientist than I was. JESSICA: And I’m going
to follow up with you on another question. This one came from Emanuel
[? in Kenya ?] and he’s wondering as a software
engineering intern what sort of skill set did you find useful
during your internship. So could you expand upon that? FRANKLIN: Your skill-set. As a software engineer you’re
supposed to know your stuff. You’re supposed to
know the basics. You’re supposed to know what
you’re working on, what you’re working with, the tools, and
then we consolidate able to apply it and do something
innovative. You need to be able to
be impressible enough to learn new stuff. And you would to pick up on new
technologies and use them just as well as [INAUDIBLE] So yeah, you should be
able to learn fast. In my opinion that’s the
biggest [INAUDIBLE] you [INAUDIBLE]. JESSICA: Great. So let’s move on to a very
popular question. This is from Michelle
in Malaysia. We’re going to go to Jess
first to answer this. So how did you prepare
for your interview? Daunting Google interview,
how did you prepare? JESS: I think the biggest
confidence. Nerves will completely shake you
up and you could know your material backwards and forwards,
but if you’re terrified you’re
going to blank. It’s the same way where you’re
really nervous before a big test and you have a chance
of messing things that you know for sure. So I think anything that you can
do to make yourself feel more confident in your
abilities, whether that’s reading through your textbooks,
or your notes, or your practice problems, whatever
it is to make you feel comfortable is the
best thing you can do. And at least in terms of coding
interviews, it’s really helpful to be familiar with
coding on a whiteboard. Coding at your computer is way
different than coding at a whiteboard. And it’s just a completely
different skill and it’s something you really
need to practice. So I am fortunate enough to
teach during the semester because I’m a TA. So I do lots of code on the
whiteboards when I do recitations or during
office hours. But if it’s not something you
find yourself doing, get a friend or you could just do
it yourself, and try it. Practice, because it’s a skill
you need to pick up and it’s going to be really useful if
you are already comfortable with doing that by the time you
get in the room with your interviewer. JESSICA: That’s great advice. We always tell students to
practice coding on a whiteboard. Rio, what about you? What helped you prepare
for your interview? RIO: I mean, Jess
said most of it. I was going to say I became
really good friends with the whiteboard. And even for APM program,
which is– there’s a good portion of it
that is technical, but there’s also a portion of it where you
have to think about products and how you would
make something work in the real world. And I’m a very visual person
and for those who want to communicate ideas in a visual
way using a whiteboard is really essential. So I definitely would
encourage that too. JESSICA: Okay. And let’s go to the
non-engineering side. So Pablo, Luke what did you guys
do to help prepare for your interviews. What was that like? PABLO: In my case I think there
are I would say three things that I looked for for
an intern here at Google. And one of the things is that
you love technology and you’re passionate about
this industry. That you’re passionate
about this. The second thing is they want
to see that you’re good for Google standards. And that’s something that you
need to show [INAUDIBLE] with Facebook [INAUDIBLE] sometimes– it means that people that
are graduate students are familiar with. And the third thing that they
see, they want to see that you’re Googley. So what does that mean? A lot of people ask me that. So Googley means that you’re
someone that can deliver, but it’s also he has integrity,
he’s fun to work with– he can deliver. It’s the same thing, that
work [INAUDIBLE] balance we talked
about before. You want to be someone that
wants to have fun while working, but also delivers. So the way I would prepare for
the interview would be first, read a lot about Google,
of all the products, about what they do. I did a list of Google
products. I did a column saying hey, do I
like them or do I hate them. And another column said why do
I like them why do I hate them, and what would I change. So that got me into learning a
little bit more about all the products that you could come
across at Google Because you never know who’s going
to interview you. You don’t know if it’s going to
be someone from the Chrome team, or someone from AdWords. So you never know. So it’s good to know a little
bit about everything. That would be my advice. JESSICA: Good advice. What about you, Luke? You’ve been back. This is your second
summer at Google. So clearly your interviews
have gone well. What have you done to prepare? LUKE: I hope they did. Well, I think it’s a
lot like he said. It’s fit and knowledge. So it’s fit, like, are you
Googley, are you going to fit in, are you all these
above qualities– these smart, but quirky,
lot of integrity, but it’s also knowledge. I mean you definitely have
to know your stuff. If you’re interviewing for a
certain team, like I did, Enterprise or YouTube, you
really have to know that product in and out. You have to expect questions
like what would you do to make the product better? What’s your favorite
part of something? What’s your least favorite part
of something, et cetera. And I learned that lesson
kind of the hard way. My very first interview last
year for Enterprise, I got a question along the lines of
what’s your favorite product, or what’s the product that you
like a lot within Enterprise? I was extremely ready for this
question, gave like a huge spiel on how much I love this
certain product and how great it was because of x y and z. And after I was done the guy
was like that was really great, but that wasn’t an
enterprise product. And it was just kind
of really awkward. He gave me another shot, and
afterwords he told me you got it wrong but it was really
well delivered and you obviously know about the
company, so do your research before the next interview and
know that product in and out. JESSICA: That’s a good
learning story. A couple of people are
listening in to that. OK, so the last thing I want
us to go over because we’ve already been in for about 30
minutes now, for anyone who just pressed Play and is
watching our Hangout, we’re joined by some of our awesome
Google interns. You guys wave. Say hello to everyone
who’s watching. They’re based in timezones
all over the world. We have Franklin in Zurich, Jess
is in Pittsburghh, Luke’s here in San Bruno Pablo’s
in Mountain View, and Rio is in Tokyo. So we’ve got all our bases
covered across all of our global offices– not all of them, most of them. And we’re going to finish up by
having each of them give a spiel on what’s a day in
the life like for you. So take us through
an average day– I know at Google it’s very hard
to have an average day because things come
up all the time. So let’s just try and do like
a quick version of what’s an average day like for you. So Franklin do you want
to kick things off? FRANKLIN: Yeah, that’s
a very good question. Every day is very dynamic. [INAUDIBLE] One of the most common things I
do is I get to the office at about ten o’clock in the
morning, and I can stay all the way to 7:00. And it’s very [? impressible ?] and the timing depends on
amount of work I have. Maybe between the day I’ll spend
half my days [INAUDIBLE] and I normally go to the
kitchen, go hang out with guys, play pool,
and [INAUDIBLE] You have to make sure you also
do your working time. JESSICA: Sounds like
a fun day. What about you, Jess? What’s your average day like? JESS: I usually get in early
enough in the morning to get a hot breakfast, which
is delicious. But if I miss it I’ll
[INAUDIBLE] and grab some fresh fruit or something. And in the morning before lunch
I usually go through my email, and I’m figuring out my
plan for the rest of the day, what I want to work on, if
I need to meet anybody. I’ll have lunch with my team,
usually pretty early maybe like 11:30. And then from noon or so through
the end of the day I’m really focused in on what I’m
working on whether it’s writing code for something, or
reading documentation, or meeting with someone to
bounce ideas off of. But I get some good solid work
in from maybe 12:00 to 6:00. And then I’ll stay after work
sometimes and play pinball or something with my coworkers,
or sometimes I’ll stay late for dinner because the
food is really good. But yeah, I think that’s
pretty much an average day for me. JESSICA: Cool. All right, Luke what’s
your day like? LUKE: Right, so in the Bay Area,
in Mountain View, in San Bruno and all these offices
Google has shuttles that run across the entire area and pick
people up at different parts of the city and
then bus them to their respective offices. So I have the option of either
hopping on an eight or ten o’clock bus and depending on
what I do depending on if I eat breakfast. So get here, eat a warm
breakfast, sit down at my desk, and check my emails and
then I’ll probably have a few meetings in the morning
and go to those. And then after the meetings I’ll
come back and shoot a few golf balls in the putting
green right in front of my desk. And then come back to my desk,
and then probably work on my project for a few hours. And go to lunch, which is
probably my favorite part of the day, always. And then get back from lunch,
check up on emails again, go to a few more meetings, get out
of those meetings and do few laps around the office
on a scooter. And then go upstairs and
play a game of pool. I take this one 30 minute
break every day in the afternoon, where I literally
take a lap on the scooter and then play a game, sometimes
two of pool. And then come back, and work on
my projects, sync up with of my managers, get on the
shuttle to go home, and have a huge smile on my face. JESSICA: And do it all over
again the next day. LUKE: Yeah. Sometimes we get to see Fitz
and The Tantrums too. JESSICA: Sometimes were you
here yesterday for that? LUKE: Yeah, for a bit of it. JESSICA: Oh Yeah that
was pretty fun. That was a good example
of work-life balance here at Google. All right, Pablo,
how about you? PABLO: So I think it’s
very similar. In the morning I get here at
around 8:30, and I have a warm breakfast, which is great. It’s awesome, bake them
every morning. It’s not healthy for
me, but it’s great. And then, yeah it’s like
the typical stuff. So you have meetings, you check
your email, you have some meetings. You get to see how the product
is evolving, what the next launches are going to
be in this product. And organize with other teams
to see how you can help with the launch in the end. And then you have these meetings
with these people, where work on your own
project [INAUDIBLE] But you work on that for a few
hours, and you go to lunch and the best thing about Google is
that you can have lunch with almost anyone. So you can contact someone. Find someone on the internet. Say hey, I’m interested in
what you’re working on. And we have lunch and
talk about it. Normally they say yes. So you go to lunch with
anyone you want to meet from the office. And then you come back, you do
some more work, and then we take the shuttle back to, in
that case to Berkeley, which is where I live. JESSICA: Very cool. Last but not least, Rio what’s
it like in Tokyo, average day? RIO: So, I live about 15 minutes
away from the office. I walk here, and get
in around 9:00. One of the interesting things
of working in the remote office is the time
zone difference. And so most of my emails
actually come in from Mountain View or San Bruno, which are the
two teams that I usually work with most often. They come in while I’m asleep,
so from like midnight to 7:00. So when I wake up and check my
email I’ve got this ton of emails that need addressing. So most of those I try
to get out of the way as soon as I can. I also end up living fairly
in advance of– like I’m planning a week or two,
maybe a couple of more weeks in advance, so I’m trying
to see what needs to be scoped out. So I do scheduling of meetings
at the same time. But otherwise it’s
really similar. I have lunch. The food here is really good. And they have really good food,
like special menu items on certain days. Yeah, and then afternoons
are pretty much a lot of meetings as well. And trying to do some
brainstorms as well. So sometimes I’ll ask for other
people to join in for a brainstorm and say OK, here’s
what I want to do. What do you think? Obviously I can’t be the only
one making ideas, and so a lot of those happen. Dinner here is good too, so
it’s really easy to end up staying here fairly late. So when I do that I stick
around for dinner. Before that, usually around
four o’clock I’ll pull in another intern whose work– there’s a couple of interns
here, and so we’ll play pool on one of the floors. And I still suck at pool. JESSICA: One skill-set you have
not developed as much RIO: Not at all. I’m still really bad JESSICA: OK, so I’m going to put
you all on the spot with one more question. If you had to sum up your
internship at Google in three words, it can be like a phrase
or three different words that describe your internship,
what would you use for those three words? And if anyone wants to go first
they can, but if not I’m just going to put one of you
on the spot and you have to pick your three words. FRANKLIN: I could go first. JESSICA: Perfect. FRANKLIN: I could say, JESSICA: I love it. That’s a good one. No pressure for the rest of you,
but that’s a good one. RIO: I have one. It’s a homely one. So much impact. JESSICA: So much impact. That’s another great one. I hear that a lot
from interns. I like to hear that. OK, the last three Who’s
going to go next? LUKE: I’ll go. It’s just so Googley. JESSICA: Just so Googley– you
guys are good at this. I didn’t give you this
question beforehand. I was interested to see
what you came up with. All right, Jess and Pablo. JESS: I’ll go. Say I learned so much. JESSICA: Learned so much. That encapsulates a lot. OK Pablo, no pressure. PABLO: OK, I’d say so
much different. JESSICA: So much different? Hopefully in a good way. PABLO: Yeah in a good way JESSICA: I don’t know if that’s
what you thought it was going to be like. Awesome. Well thank you guys so
much for joining us. I know Rio it’s very
late for you. For those of us in Mountain
View it’s pretty early. But it was really great talking
with all of you about your internship experiences. I think hopefully you open up a
lot of people’s eyes to what opportunities there
are at Google. Thanks again for joining us, and
thanks to those of you are watching right now and tuned
in during our Hangout. We’ll post the video recording
to our YouTube channel, which is just, and then we’ll be doing
more of these in future so stay tuned. Bye guys. PABLO: Bye.

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7 thoughts on “Hangouts On Air: Google Interns

  1. I wish I had that opportunity! I applied to the program, but I didn't have much of luck. Maybe I’ll get another chance at another place on another time… wish me lock Googlers !!

  2. Awesome! So different regions and I'm having quite the same experience!! Great food, great facilities and the best of the best are the Googlers!!!!

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