If you’re a student in Singapore, you may well have spent the past few weeks applying for internships at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and other global banks in your city. But there’s another, even larger, company whose local operations in Singapore are now expansive enough to demand the hiring of interns: Google.
The good news for Singapore students is that application deadlines for 2020 Google internships are still open, and there are three distinct types of internships, one of which doesn’t require coding skills.
Google’s software engineering internship takes place next summer and you need to apply by the end of this month, but that’s where the similarities with a banking internship end. At Google, you will be working for 14 weeks (between May and September), about a month longer than you typically would at a bank. Moreover, while banks predominately hire undergrads, Google also takes its Singapore engineering interns from masters or PhD courses.
But getting a software engineering internship at Google in Singapore isn’t just about having technical skills on your CV. At a Google job interview, you’ll need to demonstrate what the company describes as a “passion and enthusiasm for coding” – for example by showcasing your own tech projects and your “computer science-related extracurricular activities”.
What will you do as a Google intern engineer in Singapore next summer? Specific responsibilities vary according to the project area you’re assigned to. But as a general guide, you might be working on projects related to mobile development, distributed and parallel systems, machine learning, information retrieval, natural language processing, networking, large software systems, and/or security software.
Separately from the software engineering internship above, Google is accepting applications until 31 October for its student training in engineering programme (STEP) in Singapore. This is a 12-week internship for second-year undergrad students studying computer science or a related subject. STEP, which Google also runs in the US and other countries, is aimed at students from groups historically underrepresented in tech, including women.
STEP appears to be more structured than Google’s software engineering internship. The tech firm’s jobs site sets out several elements of the programme: a software project (you’ll work with a team of Googlers and other STEP interns); skills-based training (you’ll learn new programming languages); professional development (e.g. interview workshops and technical talks by senior Googlers); and mentorships (a Google engineer will guide you through the summer).
Thirdly, Google is hiring for its business internship programme in Singapore. The application deadline for this 10 to 12-week summer internship isn’t until 24 November, and (unlike the above two internships) applicants can come from any academic background. To be considered, you must currently be in your penultimate year of a bachelors degree, or be enrolled in a masters degree.
Your responsibilities on the job will vary according to your educational background, interests and skills, and you could find yourself working in Google teams such as sales, enterprise, finance, people operations (HR), legal, trust and safety, or marketing.
However, there are some common threads that will improve your chances of getting one of Google’s Singapore-based business internships. Aside from showing an interest in Google’s technology and business, it’s advantageous if you can “apply analytical and interpersonal skills” to strategic projects. You can expect interview questions about your project management and organizational skills, and your ability to “innovate and implement ideas”. It’s also helpful to know one or more Southeast Asian languages.
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