Career Opportunities in Art & Technology
The new comedy The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, tells the story of two guys who attempt to turn their lives (and careers) around with jobs at Google. The first step on the Google corporate ladder? An internship.
New Googlers, called Nooglers, are considered to be part of the Google team, just like regular employees. Interns work in all parts of the company, including marketing, systems and operations. As one Googler put it, “As a Google employee you can have a positive impact on the lives of others in a way that you just couldn’t accomplish on your own.”
With Google moving into businesses like transportation (driverless cars), Internet service (Google Fiber) and more, there’s a demand for top talent at the company—and no shortage of people interested in those jobs.
This summer, Google expects to hire some 1,500 interns from a pool of 40,000 applicants. The Internship is expected to bring even more attention to the Silicon Valley company and Google has released a short video to showcase what’s it’s like to work at the company as an intern:
Getting in at Google
There are lots of great jobs at Google and getting your foot in the door is easier than you think—if you prepare properly. For starters you should probably be learning how to develop for Google’s Android platform, or learning programming.
Google’s hiring process is very thorough. Candidates typically talk to a recruiter and several hiring managers at Google before they are hired. What is Google looking for in an employee? Problem-solvers, people who think outside the box and can get things done. But they’re also looking for people that know their products. If you’re interviewing for a technical role like a software engineer, you should be ready to answer high-level technical questions.
But like any job interview, you should demonstrate that you’re unique and bring some interesting skill sets to the table, like the time you accepted the challenge to build a robot using LEGOs or wrestled a bear. We don’t know if watching The Internship will help, but it can’t hurt.