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Internship at Google is no comedy

EMMA WHITTAKER
Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
Google Intern

BIG OPPORTUNITY: Bridget Beh completes an internship with Google.

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When Bridget Beh arrived at Google's Sydney headquarters to start work her new supervisor asked her if she'd seen the film The Internship.

Then he told her to forget it because her time as a real-life intern with the internet giant wasn't going to be anything like a comedy.

The Mt Eden resident is just back from what was the opportunity of a lifetime for a software engineering graduate and is waiting to hear if she will be given a job with with the company.

"It was definitely interesting meeting all of the Googlers and absorbing all of their Googleyness.

"The whole thing was pretty eye-opening," she says.

During her two-month stint she worked on the Google Drive application for smartphones.

Google Drive allows users to store documents and other files in one place online (rather than on their device) and share them.

"At the start it was pretty challenging learning new systems and figuring out what I was actually meant to do," she says.

Google's Sydney office is one of its largest software engineering centres.

"The office was amazing. It's pretty much what you see in the pictures online and in YouTube clips - I watched a lot of those before I went over."

A high point was getting good feedback on a presentation she had to do about her work at the end of the internship in February.

"It was nice to know what I had done was actually useful."

Miss Beh graduated from Auckland University last year with a conjoint commerce and software engineering degree.

The internship was a good step towards planning her future, she says.

"Interning at Google opened my eyes to how much I don't know about the industry.

"I was planning on doing my master's straight away, but I'm rethinking that now," she says.

"I'm probably going to work fulltime for a year or two to get more experience.

"Obviously I would love to work for Google again, but I'm pretty interested in the finance industry too," she says.

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