Everyone wants to become a Googler and so finding an internship here is pure gold. Google is at the top of the list of best places to work and has severally appeared in Fortune 100″s list.
It’s only at Google that you will be allowed to bring your dog to work, enjoy never-ending healthcare services, onsite wellness, fitness classes, extensive opportunities for professional and personal development and more.
In view of that, it’s extremely difficult to be accepted as an intern at the world’s leading technology company than it is at Harvard or Stanford.
However, you can get the internship when you stand out from the crowd, and this post will help you if you’re up for the challenge.
Explore Available Internship Opportunities
The first step is to find the right role from the job board. Google has a wide range of opportunities, but you have to explore its job board and find an opportunity that suits your skills and interests. The following are some types of internships, along with their minimum requirements.
Business: For individuals pursuing a business degree or master’s degree or its related business field.
Bold: For individuals pursuing BA/BS in a business-related field and is mainly offered outside of North America
Legal: For individuals pursuing a law degree at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
Career: For individuals with at least four years experience and presently on a career break. The target fields are marketing, digital marketing, service delivery, sales, project management and is offered outside of North America.
MBA: For individuals currently enrolled in an MBA programme.
Engineering and Technology Internships
Mechanical Engineering: For individuals pursuing mechanical engineering or related technical field at bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. levels.
Hardware Engineering: For individuals pursuing mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or related field at bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. levels.
Software Engineering: For individuals pursuing computer science or related technical field at a Ph.D. level.
Associate Product Manager: It targets individuals pursuing computer science or related field at bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. levels.
User Experience: Individuals pursuing computer science, human-centric interaction, graphic design or related fields at BA/BS level.
STEP (Summer Trainee Engineering Program): Computer science or related field at a bachelor’s degree level. This is offered outside of North America.
The internship opportunity may last between 3 to 6 months based on your offered programme.
Customize Your CV to that Position
For your application to capture recruiters and hiring managers’ attention, you should do the following:
Align your CV to the Job description: Select the particular internship you’re interested in, read the job description, highlight its keywords and phrases, and include them in your CV. Also, ensure that your skills and experiences are what is needed in that particular job description.
Highlight Your Key Skills and Achievements: List all the projects you have managed or worked on, the leadership positions held, success measurement metrics used and the outcome.
In the event that you don’t have work experience, you can highlight coursework or any school-related project that you engaged in and your skills, such as problem-solving.
It should be Short: Google recommends one A4 page, but even two pages are okay.
Submit Your Application
Since you have now selected your internship and prepared your CV, you’re now ready to send your application. Although a cover letter is optional, it’s recommended to attach it to your CV.
You can send it online via Google’s job board, college if it’s registered with Google or someone you know who works with Google.
It’s important to specify your preferred location in your application. Otherwise, the application will be submitted to different locations globally.
Prepare Yourself for the Interview
Preparing for the interview is not an easy task; however, don’t be terrorized. Here are some tips.
- You should research about Google’s products and services as well as its leadership team.
- Practice answering common interview questions. Google will be interested in your knowledge and technical skills.
- Be ready to ask questions because it’s proof that you’re interested in that position.
After the interview, a hiring committee will review your application, which comprises the interview performance, CV, references, and samples submitted.
Congratulations are in order if you’re accepted because Google’s acceptance rate for interns is less than 1%.
It’s important to note that some of the internship qualifications at Google are:
- Academic excellence
- Technical knowledge, i.e. software and algorithms systems
- Extra-curricular activities. You have to participate in coding competitions, workshops, hackathons or other events related to computer science
- Social media presence in sites such as CodeReview, The CodeProject, GitHub, Top Coder and BetterCodes.