An Eccles School student’s experience at Google

Editor’s Note: Douglas Cabral is a recent Eccles School alum who graduated in May 2015. He interned at Google in the summer of 2014. The application deadline for the Google BOLD program is Dec. 10, 2015.

Everything started in the end of 2013 when I found out about the Google BOLD Program.  BOLD stands for Building Opportunities for Douglas Cabral Noogle Google headshotLeadership & Development.  In plain English, it’s Google’s business internship program.  I applied online and also submitted an essay describing why I wanted to work for Google. 

A couple months later I had two online interviews via Google Hangouts, just like in the movie “The Internship.”  Soon after, I received an offer to intern with Google’s Financial Planning and Analysis team in Mountain View, CA. 

I was astonished.

 Google’s benefits and perks go way beyond what anyone is expecting.  Also, the Googleplex makes you feel like you are in an all-inclusive resort. 

Some of the perks they offer:  28 completely free restaurants with breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacking stations, car-sharing program, arcade games, climbing walls, free bike to commute during the summer, free shuttles, food trucks, speaker series (I got to attend a speaker series with Hillary Clinton while I was there), weekly town hall meetings with Larry and Sergey, trying products before they’re released, Jacuzzi and sand court for sports.

I worked with Google’s Financial Planning and Analysis organization, more specifically with Corporate Finance.  Corporate Finance is the team that gathers and analyses financial information from all other teams, such as Youtube, Android, Knowledge, Fiber, Google X, People Ops and Marketing.  The end goal is optimal resource allocation.  My job during the summer was to improve and create financial forecasting models. 

I am very grateful to have received this opportunity and look forward for whatever is next.

Google BOLD internship program applications are due Thursday, Dec. 10. To apply, click here.

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