The best way to find out what computer scientists do is for you is to get some experience right where the action is. As a bonus, it could kickstart your career.
By Ben Skuse
What Google computer scientists do can vary hugely. With a mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, in its 16 years Google has changed the way we interact with our digital world.
Since Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded the company on 4 September 1998, Google has become a global company employing around 50,000 people worldwide.
During that time, the company transformed workplace culture and its name even became a verb!
As a company that’s passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital technology, it’s no surprise that Google is excited about encouraging everyone to learn to code, and that what Google computer scientists do is changeably so rapidly. Start with Code is Google’s initiative to help Australians discover and unlock the potential of a career in computer science.
“We really encourage everyone to learn to code,” says Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community & Outreach Program Manager at Google.
“Learning to code offers the widest possible career path, as code and computer science touches every industry and even careers that don’t exist today. CS + X is the key to unlocking an amazing future, working on big problems and making a difference in the world.”
Internships at Google are wildly popular. “A Google internship is a great way to start a career in software engineering,” says Sally-Ann. “Many of our interns convert to full-time employees on completion of their degree and have the opportunity to work at offices around the world and on different products over their career at Google. The real world skills you learn through an internship are great preparation for work in industry, further research, a PhD, or even starting your own company.”
Opportunities vary from Software Engineering and Product Management Internships for final year students, to Summer Trainee Engineering Programs for first and second year students. Internships are full-time for university students. The cutting-edge work and the fun, social culture at Google mean that every experience is unique. And you don’t have to go halfway round the world to become a Google intern.
“In Australia, we work on many global products – Maps, Chrome, Apps, Drive, Google+ and many others, and the engineering operations team works on back-end infrastructure, networking tools, networking engineering and more,” says Sally-Ann. “Each intern is embedded in one of these local teams and works alongside engineers on a project that fits their skills and challenges them to extend themselves.”
Author: Ben Skuse
Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.