Brid­get’s in­tern­ship at Google is no com­edy

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

Big op­por­tu­nity: Brid­get Beh com­pletes an in­tern­ship with Google.

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