By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor
Briana Glass is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in Spanish. She is from Carmel, Indiana. She is a member of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development in the Stillman School of Business. She is also one of the Vice Presidents of APICS and a tour guide for the Office of Admissions (Blue Crew). Currently, she interns for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Stillman Exchange spoke with Briana about her internship experience this past summer at Google.
Q: What were your responsibilities as an intern?
A: This summer I was placed on Google’s Online Partnerships Group, which helps online publishers grow their business through Google products, AdSense, and DoubleClick. My projects for the summer required improving our team’s training process for new hirers as well as speaking with publishers to provide optimization strategies for their websites.
Q: Why did you choose to apply for an internship at Google?
A: I had attended an exposure program the summer of my freshman year that Google offers to prospective college students, called BOLD Immersion. From this program, I had the opportunity to learn more about the business side of Google and found myself extremely interested in the technology industry as a whole. I especially became passionate about being a part of a company that wants to make the world better through technology.
Q: How did you go about getting the internship?
A: After attending Bold Immersion, I knew I wanted to apply to their summer internship program. I applied online the following year to the BOLD internship program and selected a few areas of interests such as sales, marketing, and legal. After submitting my application, I was then selected for interviews with a team that best fit my resume experiences. After my interviews, I was offered a summer internship in Mountain View, California for 11 weeks.
Q: What was the most valuable skill that you learned while interning?
A: Dealing with ambiguity was the most valuable skill I learned from my two internship experiences with Google. The company culture is very open and accepting to diverse people with unique opinions and approaches. Because of that, no one is going tell you there is only one or two ways to do something. Therefore as an intern, you are encouraged to think outside the box and take ownership of your project with very few formal instructions.
Q: How was learning in a work environment different than learning in a classroom?
A: Learning at work requires becoming more self-aware and understanding what skills you have and what skills you want to develop or improve. You have to take more ownership of your education and professional development and not rely on a syllabus or professor to tell you what you need to know or how to study.
Q: What was the company culture like?
A: Google’s culture is extremely electric, filled with creative minds that are doing very interesting and impactful work. The culture is extremely inclusive and accepting of diverse views, which helps to make it a place that you feel comfortable voicing your opinion, even as an intern.
Q: What were some skills that you learned at Seton Hall that you used in your internship?
A: Seton Hall does a fantastic job making sure through various courses that students develop the ability to work in teams. Every assignment I worked on during my internship required me to work with people that were either on my direct team or other teams within Google. Therefore, already having worked in various group projects at Seton Hall, I was confident in my ability to work well with all types of people in various capacities.
Q: What advice would you give to students who are actively searching for internships?
A: I would encourage students to look for internships where they can be respected and given opportunities to make a difference. Also, I highly encourage students to visit the career center and talk to their advisor on areas of interest to learn more out about potential positions available and companies that might be a good fit for their desired interests.
Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: I hope to graduate this upcoming spring and have a full-time job that allows me to develop and learn a variety of skillsets with a company that I believe in. I am excited to begin my career after college and look forward to the many opportunities and challenges ahead.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 17th print edition.
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