Well-known search behemoth Google has always highly innovative in their implementation of technology.
As an example, they’ve collected some of their services – GMail, Google Talk, Google SMS, Blogger, Google Desktop Search, Google Scholar (to look through academic journals), and Picasa (for pictures) – and combined them all to a service called College Life, which allows you to access all the services from one page. It seems to be in the beginning stages; hopefully it’ll become more robust and useful, perhaps as a portal for all relevant services (including those not on College Life yet, such as Book Search, which I’m surprised isn’t there yet) or as a way to provide college-specific information.
There is more to Google than just their web tools though. Google is known for being very supportive of education, with a variety of opportunities available to students around the world (yes, Malaysia too!). Here are some things found in the Students section of Google Jobs:
Google has plenty of full-time jobs and internships geared towards students in computer science and software engineering. You can apply to gain work experience in the US, Australia, Brazil, Japan, India, and some other places. The benefits are great too – free food, freedom of dress code, laundry and dry-cleaning, swimming pools, and so much more! There are plenty of positions available, so take a look.
To help you along the way, they have come up with some resume & interview tips to get you prepared. Some of the information is Google-specific – their interviews will be technical, they’ll ask you to write code, etc – but there are also tips that can be applied to any job situation, such as how much information should you put in a resume.
One very interesting program they have is the Google Pizza Program – which is basically what the name is about. Computer Science students are picked to be Pizza Ambassadors and deliver pizzas to their peers and classmates during crunch time (such as exams or assignment due dates). They will also get some cool Google gear and represent Google on campus. It looks to be US-specific at the moment, but it’s a cute model that can be adopted by other companies too (for example, The Star, which has teamed up with Pizza Hut to provide pizza parties to winners of the Newspaper-in-Education contests).
There is an amazing opportunity for students outside the US though – and yes, that includes all you Malaysians. Google has plenty of scholarships on offer – including the 2006 Google Global Community Scholarship for the Grace Hopper Conference. A group of female students from outside the USA will be sponsored by Google to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in San Diego, USA from October 4th – 7th, 2006.
To qualify, you will need to be:
- Enrolled full-time in their undergraduate or graduate study in a university outside of the United States
- In Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related technical field major
- Maintaining a strong academic background with demonstrated leadership ability
From the website:
How To Apply
Visit the link below to complete the online application:
Please mention that you are applying for the Google Global Community Scholarship in the first sentence of the essay portion of your application.
Required materials for online submission will include:
- Name & Email
- Summer contact information
- Current and permanent address & phone number
- University name, faculty member contact information
- Estimated travel costs for the conference
- Answers to a few short answer questions and one essay question
You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions or to send in resumes & transcripts to support your application. Applications close June 1st 2006 and results will be announced in August.
Being involved with Google is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will definitely boost your career and your life in general. If you get the chance, take it! And good luck.
Links in Post:
- Google Talk
- Google SMS
- Google Desktop Search
- Google Scholar
- College Life, powered by Google
- Google Book Search
- Google Jobs: Students
- Google Jobs: Students: Full-Time Jobs
- Google Jobs: Students: Internships
- Google Jobs: Students: Resume & Interview Tips
- Google Pizza Program
- The Star (Malaysia)
- Google Scholarships
- 2006 Google Global Community Scholarship for the Grace Hopper Conference
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
- Grace Hopper 2006 Submission & Review Site