The most surprising Hong Kong job in this multi-billion dollar Google team

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The most surprising Hong Kong job in this multi-billion dollar Google team

If you thought it was already too late to land a 2020 internship with a global firm in Hong Kong, Google has a nice surprise for you. Google shuttered its Hong Kong, China and Taiwan offices in late January in response to Covid-19, and it closed applications for most of its Hong Kong internships in late November.

Despite all this, the tech giant is surprisingly giving Hong Kong students another chance to secure one of its sought-after internships. Its careers site doesn’t provide timings for the internship (perhaps because of the coronavirus), but it will presumably start when more staff are in the Hong Kong office – summer seems more likely than spring.

There are at least four caveats, however. Firstly, you must apply before 25 March, so the deadline is Tuesday next week. Secondly, this is not an internship programme with a cohort – Google just wants one person. Thirdly, you must speak and write Mandarin “fluently and idiomatically”. And fourthly, the job title may be too niche for some students – Google is after a ‘devices and services trade compliance intern, consumer hardware’.

On the flip side, if you’re a finance or business student and haven’t secured an internship with a bank this summer, this Google job in Hong Kong could be a good alternative, because the tech firm is accepting applications from penultimate-year students pursuing these kind of degrees (along with others such as international trade or law) at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level.

Your application will need to show you have an interest in international trade and compliance, and that you have good project management skills, according to Google’s careers site.  

This Google internship focuses on APAC trade compliance for Google’s consumer hardware business. Even if you have to feign an interest in compliance, the internship is a foot in the door of Google’s expanding hardware unit, which produces Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops among other products.

While Google doesn’t reveal revenue numbers for hardware, the division is now a “multibillion-dollar” business, the company revealed during parent Alphabet’s Q4 earnings call.

If you ace this internship, you may well secure a permanent role in hardware in 2021, and it may not necessarily be a compliance job, or even a position based in Hong Kong, according to one Hong Kong recruiter we spoke with, who works with tech firms. As at banks, the mantra at Google is to use an internship as a shortcut to a more exciting graduate role – so perform all tasks well, no matter how mundane.

Some of the tasks you’ll need to do in Google’s latest Hong Kong internship include helping to “drive trade quality and audit programs, supported by APAC customs entry record-keeping and dashboards, to monitor the trade compliance performance of Google’s vendors and service providers, such as contract manufacturers and customs brokers”.

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