Should a summer internship secure a permanent position?


A new video clip was uploaded this week about “The real Google interns’ first week” which is nicely timed as the “The Internship” movie is released this weekend.

Follow five real interns during their first week as Nooglers. Peek inside Google’s Mountain View, California campus. Find out about some of the cool things interns are doing this summer. Hear how they’re trying to have an impact on the world.

The air in Mountain View must be special for the Google Interns to come up with these classic sound bites:

  • I feel Googley.
  • some great advice is to not to be afraid to fail but we want to flip that around a little bit and say don’t be afraid to succeed.
  • Google as a company was attractive to me because they are a tech company that’s been so much more than that. There isn’t a place that Google is not.
  • It’s exciting to work at Google because unlike a lot of software companies, I use Google products every day.
  • One usually expects as a new person to be at the bottom of the knowledge totem pole. The fact that I’m not is an illustration of how much responsibility is given to us as interns across the board.
  • Every intern that I’ve seen come on has just exuded Googliness.
  • If this is what being an intern feels like, I’d love to be an intern for the rest of my life.

I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

Author = Doug Edwards – LINK


“Douglas Edwards was “Google’s word guy” between 1999 and 2005, responsible for official text and branding. A former journalist with a literature degree, he portrays himself as a rather bemused outsider, indulges in a lot of retrospective office-politics point-scoring.” Steven Poole – The Guardian

A Noogler is a new Google employee and the term was coined by Doug Edwards.

Summer internship at Amazon

Sloan DuRoss, Foster School of Business MBA 2013 

For his internship, he wanted to test himself in a large company, and a position at giant online retailer fit the bill. He discovered that his experience and the knowledge he had picked up in the program made for a good fit at Amazon, where he plans to return after graduation.

WDGLL specs

So what is the arrangement?  An intern gains supervised practical job experience and effectively has an opportunity to “try out the role” before making a job commitment.

Taking this path is a realistic option for those that have the “Bank of Mum and Dad” providing financial support as these roles are typically unpaid.

To what extent should an intern choose a Multi National Company like Google, Amazon versus a small start-up with better opportunities to secure future jobs?

On a different tack, the last time I saw anything like the colourful Noogler caps was years ago in a Conference Room Pilot which is effectively a walkthrough of one or more client SAP Business Processes where participants wear different coloured caps to signify their specific roles. I thought the concept was CR(a)P at the time.

So you have been waiting patiently. Here is “The Internships” official trailer

“Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention”.


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