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The working environment is just amazing, full of creative and extremely smart people. I've learned a lot and gain valuable experience.
I've been recognized as a full-time member of the team. My project was part of the work being done by the team in general and I did not feel like an intern at all.
Because I was treated like any other Googler, I was not given much guidance. I was expected to know what I'm doing and do it well.
The work was demanding but doable in the time I had. There were a few cases when I had to stay over hours but I think that was part of the experience. I was never the only one staying behind.
My project was an integral part of the team's project and was launched as part of the overall product. The project was not crucial, but was important and other team-members payed attention to is as it was developed.
This was very valuable career experience. I have learned much more than at University and met great, very inspiring people. I have learned a lot in terms of technical skills but also team-work and the process of development of big and scalable products reaching out to millions of people.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. There was no official dress-code and people had plenty of toys around. Nerf gun battles happened on a weekly basis
I did not feel like being on an internship. I was treated like a full-time Googler and I had to stand up to the expectations.
I had access to all the benefits a full-time googler has, including technical talks and workshops, training and social events.
I have been offered another internship next year and I was told by my supervisor he would be happy to have me full-time on the team in the future.
There were a lot of other interns around who organised cinema outings, clubbing, theatre and other. All were very smart and out-going.
I was placed in the centre of a capital city in Europe. The cost of living and socialising was fairly high but the salary was enough to cover it.
I was placed in the centre of a capital city in Europe. The cost of nightlife was fairly high but the salary was enough to cover it.
Google has a lot of societies in which you can get involved, including plenty of sport societies, organizing regular meetings and trips.
Placement (5-9 Months)
10th September 2011