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A typical day in the life of a Google Intern | by Elynn Lee, former Google intern.

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google__0_0_0_0_0_0This article has been adapted from Elynn Lee’s answer on Quora here. She’s currently a Product Manager at Quora and has previously worked at Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Science in Computer Science with a Music minor from the Integrated 5 Year Master’s Program.


Everyone’s experience is different, but this is what my routine this summer has been so far:

  1. Arrive at about 10am. I’m not really a morning person. I can wake up early, but I won’t be productive. That, and I walk to work, so I tend to get in a bit later. Also, it helps that my team doesn’t really get in until 10 or 10:30.
  2. Eat breakfast. My go to breakfast at Google is a cup (yes, a cup, not a bowl) of Cheerios with bananas and milk. Yum.
  3. Answer emails, check calendar for the day, take care of administrative things. I like to do this in the morning while I’m eating breakfast at my desk.
  4. Code. Because this is what I do.
  5. Eat lunch. My team is awesome and eats lunch together every day! And, I post pictures of froyo or sometimes even pictures of my plate (if the food is pretty enough). You can find these photos on my Instagram!
  6. Code. Because this is what I do.
  7. Chat with my host. We chat at least once a day. Sometimes, it happens a couple of times a day. But, even though I’m returning to the same team, my host still makes it a point to check in on me rather than ignoring me, which is great.
  8. Code. Because this is what I do.
  9. Get a snack. This usually happens around 3 or 4 pm. Or earlier, if I’m having a particularly slow day. I love to munch when I’m thinking or drink something sweet like ice tea lemonade or flavored water.
  10. Code. Because this is what I do.
  11. Code. Because this is what I do.
  12. Eat dinner. Sometimes this happens at work. Sometimes, I go out for dinner. Kind of depends on the day!
  13. Maybe code. This kind of depends – most of the time I go home if I’m not close to finishing something.
  14. Go home. Yes, I actually leave the office. I’m weird and usually leave at 7:30 or 8.

Of course, there are occasionally meetings or talks or events. But, on a normal day at work, this is what I do. Sprinkled in with these normal events are random chats with teammates and funny incidents that cause the whole team to laugh. And yes, sometimes I check my personal email or my text messages or my Facebook or Quora. Occasionally, I will grab coffee with a friend, work in the library, host a friend who’s visiting, or even leave work early for an event. But, for the most part, the typical Google intern (undergrad or grad) goes through the a similar routine that involves coding, talking to your host, eating, and going to meetings.

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