February 11th, 2009 | Published in Google Student Blog
After hearing, reading, or in my case, experiencing all the amazing perks and benefits of working at Google it becomes very clear why they are the #1 company to work for in the world. Free gourmet food, exciting company events, awesome co-workers, world class technology, and how can I forget those amazing massage chairs. My internships at Google have been the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I have worked there for the past 2 summers (2007 & 2008) at their New York City headquarters, and man did I have the time of my life. The greatest company in the world and the greatest city in the world – you can’t go wrong. I worked as an IT Field Technician where my main responsibility was supporting all of the employees' computer needs. Along with this my tasks included direct support for Google’s corporate resources and applications, office relocations and expansions, web development of internal applications, and a less technical duty of drinking at least 2 Mountain Dews per day (I’m a Mountain Dew fanatic). Besides spoiling me with tons of fun and making me gain weight, working at Google has taught me how to be a more resourceful team player, introduced me to solving complex problems, amplified my self-motivation, and increased both my overall technical and business knowledge. Let’s just say I looked forward to going to work every single day.
This school year, I was chosen as the Google Ambassador for the University of Connecticut. As such I am the primary link between the student body on campus and Google. My main goals are evangelizing Google products, recruitment, and hosting CSE study break parties. Using Google Sites, I created a quick website for students to go to for more information, which you can visit at http://sites.google.com/site/
Back in December I held an informational session where I shared my experiences at Google, what it was like to work there, and what makes a successful candidate. I also talked about two very useful Google products, Google Docs and Google Calendar (or GCal).
To prepare for the event and get the word out, I used Google Spreadsheets to create a form for everyone to to use to RSVP to the event. I posted fliers all around campus to advertise the event and added the URL to the form’s website. Once people filled it out and submitted it, their entries were automatically put into a spreadsheet. As expected, this saved me a lot of time and heart ache.
As for the actual event, roughly 110 people showed up and, in a nut shell, they loved it. The pizza & sodas didn't hurt! I gave a presentation packed with useful information and YouTube videos about Google. In addition I did live demonstrations of Google Docs and GCal. Most of the people that attended the event had no idea the powerful and time-saving features both of these products have. Consequently, the informational session was a huge success.
All in all, Google has not only changed how the world searches and finds information but also has had a huge impact on me individually as it gave me a HUGE jump start to my career for when I graduate this coming May. I hope that more people get the chance to intern there so they can experience what it is like to work at the best company in the world – its life changing. Thank You Google!!!
Posted by Nick Chokas, University of Connecticut