What I liked
The focus of the internship was learning and supporting younger interns, and I feel that I got a lot out of my summer because of that. Engineering Practicum (EP) interns are in a pod with another EP intern and two managers, all on one larger team of full time engineers. The full team really embraced my podmate and I, helping us and giving career and life advice during our conversations. My manager helped me explore topics I was interested in and integrate that knowledge into my project. In addition, there was a lot of social support. Every EP intern had a mentor who had some connection to their own life (same college, part of same minority group, etc.), and this relationship was super beneficial during my time at Google. In addition to the mentor program, there are many programs for continuing your education, such as mini classes or lecture series, and interns are encouraged to take advantage of these. I got to learn more about ML as well as about cooking and personal finance. Additionally, our project will actually be used by our team, so our team was invested in supporting us. This summer, I measurably got better at programming and reading code and learning how to learn new technologies, and I am much more prepared for my CS classes this year as well as my next internship.