Champlain Busy Beavers at Big Companies

By Kate Young ‘14

Throughout the summer we’ve been talking to Champlain students with internships all over the country. We’ve heard from students interning at CBS News, Abominable Pictures, MySightSee, Element Productions, YMCA Camp Bay View and GE Healthcare . This week we talked to one student who is working at a company you’ve probably heard of – Google.

Josh Heier ‘14

Josh Heier '14 outside one of the buildings on Google's main campus in Mountain View (all the on-site filming for The Internship is of Mountain View locations). The building is dedicated to Google's mobile platform, Android, and has a "garden" of large figurines representing the codenames used for different Android versions during development (hence the donut!).

Josh Heier ’14 outside one of the buildings on Google’s main campus in Mountain View (all the on-site filming for The Internship is of Mountain View locations). The building is dedicated to Google’s mobile platform, Android, and has a “garden” of large figurines representing the codenames used for different Android versions during development (hence the donut!).

Google, Ann Arbor, MI

Josh Heier is majoring in Computer Networking and Information Security at Champlain College. He is working on specializations in both Cybersecurity and Systems Administration. Heier was first informed of the position from a recruiter on LinkedIn. That person helped him complete and submit an application. He then had to go through a few phone interviews before he eventually received an offer. As an intern, Heier is providing front-line technical support for Google employees in the Ann Arbor office. He is also getting the opportunity to work on technical projects and to receive some mentoring from the more senior staff members.

“I’ve only been through one day so far, but I would have to say my favorite part has been the people. Being a little bit introverted, large groups of people that I don’t know can be a bit intimidating and a bit awkward. I’m just not the person who’s going to jump right in the middle of a cluster of strangers and start making grandiose introductions and small talk (I’m terrible at small talk). However, thus far at Google, I haven’t felt intimidated or uncomfortable or awkward. Everyone is incredibly friendly and approachable. Small groups form and dissolve, expand and shrink, and diverge and converge regularly. Strangers from other parts of the country and even other countries, on different continents, become non-strangers incredibly quickly and it’s almost like they were never strangers at all. Imagine a puzzle where all the pieces are equally sized and, regardless of the number of pieces, a pleasant mosaic can still be made. It’s a strange work of artistry and witchcraft, but it’s one of the reasons Google is such a great place to work.”

If you (or someone you know) have a summer internship you want to talk about email me at katherine.young@mymail.champlain.edu! To read up on other awesome internships we’ve written about, check out here, here and here.

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