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At Google, interns have the opportunity to work on some of the most cutting edge and innovative projects in the world. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Spotlights. This week, the spotlight is on Daniel Wiskman, a Business Intern in Google’s Dublin office. He was born in Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast but is currently living in Uppsala and attends a Master programme in Management, Communication and IT at Uppsala University.
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Give us one fun, outlandish fact about yourself.
I built my first computer when I was nine years old, and yes, sometimes I ask myself why I gave up my engineering career.

What inspired you to apply to this internship?
It is not for the free food and the other perks, even though those are really amazing. The answer is actually quite simple. I wanted to join Google for the opportunity to learn from a group of really smart people. Another thing that attracted me about Google was the opportunity to work on cool, cutting edge projects and to really make a difference.
What team are you on? What stands out to you about your co-workers?
I am on the Nordics Small and Medium Business (SMB) Sales team, delivering customer sales experience to Google's Swedish advertisers. In sales we work with all kinds of businesses, from small, family-owned advertisers to big digital marketing agencies. The most interesting thing about my peers is that they are all really well rounded with unique backgrounds and talents. That means there is always something inspiring you can learn from them over a cup of coffee.

What’s your typical day like?
Every morning I start the day in the Google gym or attending one of the swim classes in our lap pool. I am a triathlete and currently preparing for a full Iron Man. Hence, I really appreciate Google’s fitness facilities and great food that is available in our cafes, which allow me to improve my work-life balance and focus on the training. From 9:00am to lunch time, I usually work on my two personal projects. At lunch time, I like scheduling catch ups with fellow interns or other interesting Googlers. If the weather is good, we have lunch on the rooftop terrace with a stunning view of Dublin. After lunch to around 6:00pm, I continue to work on my projects and ensure they are moving forward. I regularly schedule catch ups and meetings with my sponsors to keep them in the loop.  
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An iconic graduation photo of my Noogler group when throwing up our caps
Has there been anything that has surprised you about working at Google?
One thing that has surprised me is how enthusiastic and helpful people are. They really try to grow the company as a team and everyone I have met during my internship has been really positive and supportive when I ask for help. Also, after being here for a couple weeks I found that interns at Google aren’t treated like interns, but rather as full-time employees. In fact, employees actually like that you have fresher ideas and want to listen and learn from you.

Do you have any words of advice to aspiring Google interns?
My best advice to students interested in Google is to do your research. Before you send in your resume, be curious and try to familiarize yourself with the company. For example, the company's values and current market trends. Try to understand, at least at a basic level, how the products, services and business model works. Start from the internship or role you are applying for and work outward. Doing your research can definitely be a great way to buff up your resume and answer interview questions more insightfully. That said, make sure that your resume and interview answers reflect your research.
You can learn more about student internship and full-time opportunities at Google here.

Posted by Ariana Palombo, Online Hiring and Insights Team

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Digital marketing is a growth machine for many businesses, and the Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) enables us to share knowledge through hands-on experience with the e-marketers of tomorrow. By participating in the GOMC, students and academics get to work with real businesses and real budgets, and provide them with an opportunity to deliver tangible results.


Every year, as part of the annual Google Online Marketing Challenge, Google gives hundreds of student teams across the world an AdWords online advertising budget of US$250 and three weeks to help a local business improve their marketing campaigns. Over 18,000 students from more than 80 countries and territories participated in this year’s Challenge and the results are in!

I. AdWords Business Awards

The AdWords Business Awards recognize the GOMC teams that made an outstanding difference to their business partners via online marketing campaigns.

Global Winner

The global winning team comes from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in India, under Professor Shilpa Sawant. The team of Saumil Tripathi, Shreeyash Dharmadhikari, Jainam Talsania, Jelam Bhatt and Agastya Sanjai worked with Devgad Alphonso Mango, a cooperative society of 700 farmers of the Devgad Taluka who sell the Devgad Alphonso Mango.

Regional Winners

The Asia and Pacific winner comes from the Foundation for Liberal And Management Education, under Professor Sajith Narayanan in India. The team of Aashima Praveen, Rohit Tiwari, Vyom Shah, Drishti Hingorani, Khushbu Patel and Manan Gala worked with Vega Auto Accessories Private Limited, one of the leading manufacturers of helmets and biking accessories in India.
The Americas winner comes from James Madison University in the United States, under Professor Theresa B. Clarke. The team of Morgan Mackenzie Moore, Lauren Crain, Dan Froehlich and Brea Zeise worked with the Calvert Marine Museum, a museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the natural and maritime history of Southern Maryland.
The Europe winner comes from the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt in Germany, under Professor Mario Fischer. The team of Thomas Kraus, Dimitri Schneider, Ramil Schweizer and Kristoff Gras worked with LEDMarkt24.de, a retailer specializing in LED lighting and accessories.
The Middle East and Africa winner comes from the Bilkent University in Turkey, under Professor Timothy Kiessling. The team of Akif Karaismailoglu, Nur Betül Ozdemir, Hansa Kaya, Arda Akat and Nihal Tokluoglu worked with Very Cupcake, a family-owned, local bakery that is bringing cupcake culture to Turkey.

II. Google+ Social Media Marketing Awards

The Google+ Social Media Marketing Awards recognize the GOMC teams that made an outstanding difference to their non-profit partners by creating online marketing campaigns using AdWords and Google+.


Global Winner


This year's global winner comes from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania under Professor Elena Vitkauskaitė. The team of Egle Zalnerauskaite, Aiste Stanislaviciute, Giedre Labanauskaite, Vydmante Rastokaite and Ignas Radzius worked with Sveiko Stuburo Mokykla, a company that organizes specialized spinal exercise classes in small groups under the supervision of a physiotherapist, and also arranges seminars and exercises for companies.
Regional Winners
The Americas winner comes from Fanshawe College in Canada, under Professor Liz Gray. The team of Shannon Cross, Emily Matlovich, Tess Bobbie and Nick Broadley worked with the London’s Children Museum, which aims to educate children ages 1 to 8 about the world through interactive play.
The Europe winner comes from Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais in France, under Professor Corinna Stocky. The team of Sidonie Vermont, Pascale Eigho, Laurie Marjolet and Vincent Bellido worked with La Chambreaux Confitures, a jam shop which invites lovers of taste and culture to discover the magic of its delicious jams.
The Asia and Pacific winner comes from PEC University of Technology - Chandigarh in India, under Professor Anju Singla. The team of Kirti Khade, Neha Gupta, Vaibahv Gupta, Jeevesh Sharma, Agam Kansal and Tanu Singla worked with Holidify, an online travel portal specializing in travel recommendations for India.
The Middle East and Africa winner comes from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria, under Professor Olatunde Michael Oni. The team of Obitade Ayobami Samuel, Ajeigbe Solomon, Oluwaseun Majolagbe, Stephen Odesola, Kunle Akinlabi Akinkuade and Iyanuoluwa James Adegbaju worked with Jandus Radio, a company with a mobile app that allows you to listen to Nigerian radio and other African radio stations on your mobile device anywhere in the world.


III. AdWords Social Impact Awards


The AdWords Social Impact Awards recognize the GOMC teams that made an outstanding difference to their non-profit partners via online marketing campaigns.


1st Place is awarded to Shannon Cross, Emily Matlovich, Tess Bobbie and Nick Broadley, who were taught by Professor Liz Gray at Fanshawe College in Canada. The team partnered with London’s Children Museum, which aims to educate children ages 1 to 8 about the world through interactive play.
2nd Place is awarded to Morgan Mackenzie Moore, Lauren Crain, Dan Froehlich and Brea Zeise, who were taught by Professor Theresa B. Clarke at James Madison University in The United States.  The team partnered with the Calvert Marine Museum, a museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the natural and maritime history of Southern Maryland.
3rd Place is awarded to R Jason Griffin, Aigul Aubakirova, Neil Gustafson and Matt Avery, who were taught by Professor Steven Koch at The University of Houston in The United States. The team partnered with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, a forty-piece professional, nonprofit chamber orchestra in Houston, Texas.
2015 Team Results have been posted to the GOMC Past Challenges page.


A big congratulations to 2015 winners and a big thank you to all teams for participating in this year's Challenge.


To learn more about the Google Online Marketing Challenge and to pre-register for next year’s competition, please watch the GOMC video and visit our website: www.google.com/onlinechallenge




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Posted by Andrea Cohan, Google Science Fair Program Manager

(Cross-posted from the Google for Education Blog)

Sometimes the biggest discoveries are made by the youngest scientists. They’re curious and not afraid to ask, and it’s this spirit of exploration that leads them to try, and then try again. Thousands of these inquisitive young minds from around the world submitted projects for this year’s Google Science Fair, and today we’re thrilled to announce the 20 Global Finalists whose bright ideas could change the world.

From purifying water with corn cobs to transporting Ebola antibodies through silk; extracting water from air or quickly transporting vaccines to areas in need, these students have all tried inventive, unconventional things to help solve challenges they see around them. And did we mention that they’re all 18 or younger?

We’ll be highlighting each of the impressive 20 finalist projects over the next 20 days in the Spotlight on a Young Scientist series on the Google for Education blog to share more about these inspirational young people and what inspires them.
Then on September 21st, these students will join us in Mountain View to present their projects to a panel of notable international scientists and scholars, eligible for a $50,000 scholarship and other incredible prizes from our partners at LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic.

Congratulations to our finalists and everyone who submitted projects for this year’s Science Fair. Thank you for being curious and brave enough to try to change the world through science.

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Dave Vos heads up Project Wing, Google's unmanned delivery vehicle program. Originally from Capetown, South Africa, he came to the United States at age 26 in order to do graduate work at MIT. While there, he earned his master's and PhD degrees. He has been involved in creating automated flying machines for over 20 years.


Q: It seems like everybody’s talking about developing delivery drones lately. Why the big fuss all of a sudden?
A: Many of the same technologies that have put smartphones in our pockets—smart software and small, inexpensive sensors like GPS and accelerometers—can be used to fly small vehicles on pre-planned routes. It’s become a lot easier for companies around the world to develop relatively inexpensive platforms for amateur and commercial users alike.


Q: Why is Google working on them?
A: Think about the congestion, pollution, and noise created by delivery trucks double-parked all over our cities, or the fact that we send a two-ton vehicle across town to deliver a two-pound package. On the other hand, a self-flying vehicle that can cover about a mile a minute would guarantee speed, accuracy, and on-time delivery. They could open up entirely new approaches to transporting and delivering goods—they’d be cheaper, faster, less wasteful, and more environmentally friendly than ground transportation. They also have the potential to help in crisis situations, like delivering medicine and batteries to cut-off areas after a natural disaster, or helping firefighters improve communication and visibility near a wildfire.  


Initially, we thought that defibrillator delivery would be a natural way to implement our vehicles—when a person needs a defibrillator, every second counts, and drones don’t have to deal with traffic. Ultimately, we had to put that ambition on hold because we realized there are many challenges with integrating into the emergency medical system that are outside our control. But we certainly hope we can try again someday.


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Project Wing's prototype vehicle tests a delivery drop in Australia

Q: Where is Project Wing right now?
A: Last August, we successfully tested real-world deliveries in Australia using our prototype vehicles. But our goals require more than us building our own operational aircraft—we aren’t going to be the only game in town, and we need to ensure that everyone can operate their own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) safely. Today, no system currently exists to manage the layer of airspace under 500 feet. So we’re also working on a traffic management system that could support a scalable, safe, and reliable commercial aerial delivery service, alongside others. As with any such project, we need to gather feedback, so we’ve been talking to regulators and aviation experts to develop a common approach from the very beginning.


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Click through to learn more about the field test in Australia

Q: How’s your relationship with the FAA [national aviation authority for the US]?
A: It’s positive and collaborative—we often meet with them and other regulators to explain how our technology works. We recently held a seminar where we invited the FAA, members of the Small UAV Coalition, and other members of the aviation community to gather feedback on what sorts of technologies might enable safe flights at low altitude. Meetings like this help inform our own product development.


Q: How do you feel about the FAA’s proposed regulations, which allow for limited, low-risk operations, but effectively rule out an aerial delivery service like Project Wing?
A: While we don’t necessarily agree with everything in these proposed regulations, we’re supportive of the FAA’s goals of integrating UAS into the national airspace. We recently submitted comments to say that the FAA should be able to approve more advanced operations as operators demonstrate greater safety and reliability.


More generally, we’re committed to working with governments around the world, as well as the broader aviation industry, to safely integrate small UAVs into the airspace.


Q: How do UAVs know where to gois there someone sitting behind a screen controlling them?
A: We’re still working this out—but the short answer is, while we’ll need to have an operator overseeing the vehicles, we’re designing our systems to be highly automated.


Q: How big are they?
A: The vehicle we’ve been testing is about one-and-a-half meters from wing tip to wing tip, and about one meter long (from nose to tail). But we’re looking at lots of different design options because different vehicles are good for different things. It’s too early to know what our final design, or designs, will look like.


Q: When will I see a self-flying vehicle delivering packages to my door?
A: There are a lot of technical and practical issues that still need to be resolved—for example, people’s concerns about safety, privacy, noise, or air congestion. Should self-flying vehicles be allowed to operate at all times of day? What’s the best way to let people know who’s flying vehicles above their property? We’d need to have answers to these kinds of questions before starting a full cargo delivery service. But we’re getting there—we’ve been testing people's responses to the design of the vehicle, its noise, and the drop-delivery experience—and will be listening carefully as we develop our technology further. We expect we’ll hit our safety and reliability targets in a matter of years, not decades.

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At Google Students, we’re all about providing content for students, by students. So, we asked over 100 Google interns for their best resume and interview tips. Last week, we shared their top 5 resume tips. This week, we’re sharing their top 5 interviewing tips (and a bonus tip for the coding interview):
1. Think out loud
Oftentimes, there’s a tendency to only speak in interviews when you have a fully fleshed-out answer. However, in Google interviews, we’re just as interested in your thought process as we are in your final answer. So, don’t be afraid to think out loud and talk through how you’re planning on approaching the problem and what steps you’d take to tackle it, especially when the question is complex.

2. Practice using the CAR technique to answer questions with stories
Stories are a brilliant way to paint a picture of your skills for the interviewer. Instead of just saying, “Everywhere I’ve worked, I’ve been a leader,” share a specific story of a time that you exhibited leadership skills. Not only will this give you more credibility, it will also stick in the interviewer’s mind. When telling stories, use the CAR technique: context, action, result. For the context, briefly describe what the situation was (who, what, where, when), then discuss the action you took and why you decided on that specific course of action, and finally, share the results.

3. Do your research
Before the interview, familiarize yourself with the company: What are some of the initiatives that the company is involved in right now? What type of products or services do they offer? What are their values? What do they look for in candidates? By doing your research, you’ll be able to answer (and ask) questions much more insightfully, which will help you to leave a very positive, memorable impression on the interviewer.

4. Hone your answers to the specific company’s values
This ties in with the previous tip. By doing your research, you’ll be much better able to adapt your answers to align with the particular company’s values and points of emphasis. For example, at Google, we place a lot of importance on emergent leadership, which is the ability to step up and lead when it’s necessary and you have expertise, but to also be willing to step back once the specific issue has been resolved. So, if you were interviewing at Google and you were asked about your leadership style, sharing a story (using the CAR format) that demonstrates your emergent leadership ability would be extremely effective.

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5. Ask questions at the end of the interview
Interviewers are people, too! At a place like Google, interviewers come from all different departments and backgrounds, so they have a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into. In light of that, at the end of the interview, be sure to ask two or three questions. At the beginning of the interview, the interviewer will usually introduce herself, so definitely pay attention during that part and think of some interesting questions related to the interviewer’s background, role, or thoughts on the company. Asking questions not only shows that you did your research and that you’re interested, it also can help you develop rapport with the interviewer (and you’ll probably learn a thing or two, as well!).

Bonus: Tech tip
Practice coding with the interview in mind. Although school coursework is designed to prepare you for the kinds of questions asked in coding interviews, the experience of coding by yourself is different than doing it in an oral interview. Also, you never know what data structures or algorithms you might have forgotten from last semester until you sit down to try answering some questions! For practice, try answering questions one at a time from Cracking the Coding Interview.
Posted by Steven Claunch, Online Hiring and Insights Team