Over Christmas break Niki had the opportunity to take a trip through birthright with her Rabbi to Israel. Birthright Israel is a unique, historical partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists. Birthright Israel provides a gift of peer-group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. (information found here)
Lucky for Niki, her Rabbi had a few connections at google headquarters and provided her with the opportunity to visit Google following her Birthright trip.
What Google projects did you get to see while you were on your trip?
“I went to the research and development headquarters and was able to talk with some employees and see the not- so- top secret stuff that they were doing. For example, I got to see some of the integration of Waze and Google Maps that they had been working on. I went into this room and it was like a 4D google earth. All four walls around you were like a virtual google earth, you could zoom in, turn and navigate the maps.”
Did they give you any advice on applying for internships/ jobs?
“Google internships are highly competitive and their main advice was to maintain a high GPA, gain experience through other well-known companies prior to applying”
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What other interesting things did you learn about on your visit?
“I learned a lot about cloud computing, incorporating other applications to their products for example Waze and google maps. By integrating the two you will be able to find the fastest route and have a larger amount of analytical data collected to find the best route of travel. ”
What are your plans for this summer?
“I am interning with Booz Allen Hamilton this summer. I am on a task force of programmers who are given a project by the military and we have the whole summer to create a program to do whatever they need. The task force I am on is work through the military and I applied last summer and found out in the fall. I have a few connections with people in research and development at Google so I am hoping to use the experience I gain there to get an internship or job there in the future.”