July 19th, 2010 | Published in Google Student Blog
I can’t believe that it is already July and that it is time to update you all again! I am almost at the midpoint of my internship, and my summer projects and responsibilities are really starting to ramp up. I am currently juggling about 5 core assignments for my team. I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to make an impact on the YouTube community through these projects.
Many people have been asking me how my experiences as an intern this year compare to my experiences last year. Last year I had one, very large project that took me the entire summer to complete. I worked on a team within AdSense, one of Google’s largest and oldest advertising products. My project within AdSense was research-based, and I had the opportunity to speak with Googlers working on AdSense in Brazil, China, Japan, Argentina, Canada, and Dublin. As an international business major, last year’s project was certainly a dream come true!
In contrast, this summer I am finding myself learning how to juggle multiple projects at once. I worked on a team within AdSense, one of Google’s largest and oldest advertising products. This year, my experiences have been different in the following ways: the number of projects and deliverables, the amount of responsibility that I have been given, the increased exposure to clients, and the overall size of the department in which I work.
I am really humbled and excited by this opportunity and am really learning a lot about satisfying clients (which is awesome for a marketing double major.) I really feel that the fact that I am allowed to work on projects such as these demonstrates the high level of responsibility that is unique to a Google internship.
The other key difference is the size of the department I am in. YouTube is a surprisingly small company within Google! Everything feels like a start-up. All of the branches of YouTube (engineering, sales, marketing, etc) are fit into a single floor of their building. This smallness has contributed to a higher level of learning for me this summer.
Anyway, it’s time for me to sign off! But before I go, I just want to highlight some of the fun things I have done or am about to do!
- A sleepover with one of my fellow Google BOLD interns named Tessa
- A concert to see Ke$ha and Rihanna at the amphitheatre located right next to Google’s main campus in Mountain View
- A visit to the famous former prison Alcatraz in San Francisco
- A Pride Parade in San Francisco where I marched with Google’s Gayglers (Gay Googlers) in support of LGBT people everywhere
- A 2-story rock climbing wall party with my fellow interns -- the rock climbing wall is actually in one of the office buildings on Main Campus!
- An intern sleepover at Main Campus