Google Intern Insights 2014 – Meet Sonali Mehta
Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects – not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. For today’s post, meet Sonali Mehta, an intern on the Content and partner Operations Team at YouTube in San Bruno, CA.
Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!
I have a YouTube channel where I upload videos of myself singing and playing the piano. One of my covers was once featured on a TV show in Brazil!
What inspired you to apply for this internship, and what made Google appealing to you as a potential intern?
Google is one of the most innovative and exciting companies to work for. My passions lie in the intersection between entertainment, tech, and business, so I really couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect job for myself than here at YouTube!
What team are you working on at Google? Can you provide us with a high-level description of your summer project?
I’m on the Content & Partner Operations Team at YouTube in San Bruno, CA. I’m working with my manager to develop some of our partner communities and connect creators with each other. I’m also working on some programs and initiatives for our biggest superusers.
What’s the best part about working with your manager? What about your team?
My manager and team members are all really inspiring and enthusiastic! They were so welcoming to me when I first started my internship, and I’ve loved learning from them and getting to know them all.
We all know Googlers and interns love the food and the other benefits. Outside of some of the well-known perks, what’s your favorite part about working at Google?
I’m doing exactly what I always wanted to do when I started my own YouTube channel five years ago. I feel like I’m helping creators like myself move our platform forward. In addition, Google does an outstanding job of valuing their interns; I’m encouraged to participate in meetings and share my projects all the time. I even had the opportunity to attend the YouTube Global Content Summit in San Francisco during the first week of my internship, as well as VidCon down in Southern California a few weeks later!
What’s something you’ve accomplished during your internship (thus far) that you’re most proud of? Or something you’re looking forward to working on?
I became YouTube Certified at the beginning of the summer. I’ve also completed projects that will benefit YouTube partners of all kinds, but particularly those belonging to US Emerging Markets.
Outside of being a Google intern, what are some fun things you do outside the classroom/office throughout the year?
I’ve been singing and playing the piano my whole life! I started uploading to YouTube years ago, and though I’m just a casual creator, I really love making videos.
What does “being Googley” mean to you?
To me, being Googley means being professional, creative, confident, and respectful.
Dream Google office to visit?
YouTube Space Tokyo!
If you could give one piece of advice to potential student applicants, what would it be?
This is a cheesy answer, but be authentic! Google has so many departments and organizations, so express what your genuine passions are in your application, and you’ll thank yourself later.
Want to learn more about internships at Google? Check out our Student Careers Site. Additionally, follow Google Students on Google+ and use the hashtag #googleinterns to keep up with Intern Insights this summer.
Posted by Maggie Hohlfeld, University Programs Team