Google Summer Internship

I’m was recently offered and accepted an internship at Google for the summer. I’m extremely excited about this opportunity as I’ll be working at the company which has been having such an incredible amount of impact on the web. I’m looking forward to being around and learning from the very talented people that work there.

My title will be Software Engineering Intern, and I’ve been placed on a team that works on web applications for Google’s intranet. I won’t be able to discuss any specifics of what I’m working on once I begin, but I’m expecting it will relate to primarily front-end work (user interfaces and such using HTML/CSS and JavaScript/AJAX) as well as some PHP.

I’ll be out in the San Francisco Bay area again (6/5/07 – 8/10/07), most likely living near downtown San Jose. I’m definitely looking forward to reconnecting with many of the people I met last year there and meeting many more.

Lastly, some people have asked me about Yahoo!, and why I’m not returning there for another summer. I had an incredible experience at Yahoo! last summer; it is a leading web company and I learned a lot by being there. However, I feel like my summer would be better spent at Google for a few reasons. First of all, this is the one time in my life where I’m able to easily check out multiple competing companies in a relatively short period of time. Secondly, while Yahoo! is doing great things, Google is behind more products that I currently use on a daily basis and I have a strong appreciation for their simple but powerful interfaces such as Gmail and Google Calendar. I’m not putting Yahoo! out of the question in terms of future employment, but I also don’t feel an obligation to go back.

I’m looking forward to this summer at Google. I expect to learn a lot and will hopefully have another great, eye-opening experience.

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  1. Chen Yang said,

    April 20, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

    Congrats! I have accepted an full-time offer from Yahoo!, so I’ll start working in project Panama(YSM) in July. I’ll see you in CA then. :-)

  2. Richard Crowley said,

    April 21, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    Congrats again on the Google job. Make sure you look up Stu Glaser and Matthew Bensley, both from Wash U, when you get out there. I’ll of course be giving you a call when I finally move out to SF.

  3. Dimitry said,

    April 21, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    Great opportunity and great decision man :)

    Looking forward to seeing you this summer.


  4. Ben Burchardi said,

    April 23, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Sounds like a plan Phil. Have an awesome summer!


  5. Rhea Drysdale said,

    May 31, 2007 @ 9:33 pm

    Congrats on the job and be sure to blog about the experience! Enjoyed meeting you and thanks for the Facebook discussion, that’s definitely something I need to look closer at. :)

  6. Kenny said,

    June 19, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    I noticed that you go to UF — I’m a student there as well (computer science). Since they don’t recruit at the campus career fairs, I’m assuming you submitted an application online. I’m going to be a sophomore this fall, and I plan on applying to Google (as well as Yahoo!) for an internship next summer. I was wondering if you had any tips/etc for the application and interview processes. Thanks

  7. Lisa said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

    Hi there! I came across your site as I was checking out who else works in the web space from Gainesville. I’m a web copywriter and I also work as the marketing director for an SEO firm. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Sounds like you’re getting some great experience! Keep on adding stuff here when you can! Lisa

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