How Does A Student Get In With GOOGLE?
By Hannah Sbeghen
Remember the time Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn interned at Google? The Hollywood blockbuster responsible for many of us daydreaming about the ultimate Google job, now has students pinching themselves. Especially Google Ambassadors like Erika Menezes, who has had a sneaky peek behind the secret doors of the Google headquarters in Sydney herself and says that the mantra is to work as hard as you play – which might explain the lego! Read on…
At an end of year Google at Griffith picnic at South Bank campus this Thursday 3 December, students will be able to grab some insights into the world of Google and how to apply for a role like Erika’s as they grab a slice of pizza.
The Google picnic is on from 11am to 1pm at the Griffith QCA campus and will answer all of the questions students can find on how to apply and what it means to become a Google Student Ambassador, before the final application deadline on the 14th December.
Erika was the only Griffith student amongst the 60 Google Ambassadors for 2015 and says it all came down to applying some skills, which proved to be the trickiest part.
“I did get a little confused about whether we had to publicly publish our GoogleDocs CVs or add in into the application via the shareable link. I contacted the 2014 Griffith GSA, and he let me know that we just use the shareable link, because for personal reasons they understand that not everyone wants to publish their CVs online.” Erika said.
“It’s important to showcase how willing you are to learn to play with Google Apps.
“One of the Ambassadors did his video about surfing and one ambassador did hers about how she used Google maps to navigate around Europe.
“The important thing is to show how an App relates to your hobby and how you can convey your enthusiasm and passion for using the Apps.” She said.
Erika said students should not shy away from the opportunity if they are doubting their GPA or level of experience.
“They don’t really care about how high your GPA is, its people who are studying anything from zoology to business. It’s people from all walks of life, people in university to people with children,” Erika said.
Erika said some current ambassadors have already been offered opportunities.
“Some of the experiences I’ve heard people have are amazing, such as negotiations with Google in Paris, and one ambassador even landed a job with Google in Japan.
“Being a part of the ambassador program means you have higher priority for the Google internship,” Erika said.