“Life at Google is one thing, and life at Google, New York...

“Life at Google is one thing, and life at Google, New York is another.” – Gaurav Baheti, UX Design Intern, Google.

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When I say, time flies, I really mean it. 12 weeks at Google, New York have been amazing. Every day has a few new stories. And now I have hundreds of stories to tell. But I certainly cannot do that in one post. But I can share my overall experience.

Life at Google is one thing, and life at Google, New York is another. You get the best of life packed in one summer. It’s Google inside and New York City outside.

I’m from New Delhi, India and Google took care of everything from Visa to relocation. But interns had to find own places to live and I got to live in 3 different place in 12 weeks. Okay, not something I planned, but I experienced more of the city this way to be honest.

I was one of the UX design interns on Google Classroom and Forms; and this team made my entire experience super awesome.

But generally only 0.02% applicants get selected. It sure felt exclusive.

Inspired by Andre’s amazing article on A Day in the Life of a Google UX Design Intern, I wanted to share how it’s like to be an intern at Google, NY. The purpose of this post is to give you some insights about life in New York for the summer if you’re considering doing a tech internship and wondering if would be the right choice.

I’m going to try and illustrate my experience with pictures. All of them have a story behind, you can try to interpret. Or maybe I can share it with you personally someday.

Within Google and outside Google.

Had my first lunch here. 8th floor cafe. Called Hemisphere.
Bunch of folks who started on the same day.
This is how we become a part of Google. 
Starting with free food obviously.
8th floor also had another cafe. Truck Pit cafe. Yes, the truck serves food.
They invite chefs once in a while. This wall belonged to the 4th floor cafe, 5BB.

I generally had lunch at La Place though. It was on the 11th. The whole building belongs to Google, and is designed like New York itself. From the A-B-C stairs like subway lines, to the meeting rooms like the Apartment or Fulton Market.

And my workstation was on the 5th floor. It also had a cafe. Called the Water Tower Cafe. Usually the best for team lunches.

 

Music Room Sessions. They have everything in there. I learnt to play electric drums.

 

From rooftop after dark. One of my favorite places. You can see everyone being busy, while you’re relaxing.
Free museum entries. Few of the best art museums in the world. Definitely worth it.
Storm King Hike.
Free Baseball game for interns.
Team boat party. The boat in the picture was just the one to bring us on the bigger boat. It’s complicated.
Team offsite at Governors Island.

Yes, both trips were different.

The pride parade.
Intern Yatch Party. Oh, that night.

 

Best part of Google internship.

 

With Eric Schmidt Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.

And once in a while you get the opportunity to talk to and take a picture with people you’re inspired by.

They will throw all the perks at you. ALL OF THEM. Sometimes, it can get really difficult to decide whether to go eat on the 11th floor cafe with the balcony or just pack up the food and take it up to the roof with a view like this. #FirstWorldProblems

In the evening, there’s dinner in just one cafe, so no such hard decisions to make. View from there is something like this.

Empire State in the middle.

Fancy, right?


And here’s how life in New York City like.

City that never sleeps.
NYC without Times Square picture would be incomplete.
There’s Jazz and Rock concerts.
Then there’s EDM too.
You’d like the Bryant Park.
Or even Washington Square.
But Central Park is the boss.
You can go sailing in the Hudson if you feel adventurous.
Or maybe biking on the mountains.
You can also try fencing.
Maybe hiking at Black Forest Rock.
But I personally liked kayaking the most.
You should also check out a Broadway show.
But then you’ll want to see more of them.
There are artists all around the corner.
In the parks.
Museum of Natural History was cool too.
And Whitney.
But the magic of Van Gogh at MoMA was phenomenal.

If I had to pick one picture that depicts the complete experience, it’s going to be this one.

And the story behind this is hilarious.

This was my first time in US. Had a truly a remarkable experience. And I can’t be more thankful to Google for giving me this opportunity. Working with the most talented people, on the impactful things within New York City: it’s a good life; trust me.

Gaurav Baheti is a B. Tech in Computer Science student at Guru Govind Indraprastha University, Delhi. Apart from Google, he has also worked at Zomato and Zo Rooms. This post was first published on his LinkedIn and Medium.

Recommended readings:
1. Inside Google Office | 15 coolest things you get as a Google Employee.
2. 5 young achieving Indians at Google Science Fair 2015 you must know about.
3. Is working at Google as difficult as its interview process? | 4 Google employees tell you the truth!

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