Re: 6 Cool Tech Internships You Wish You Had
This is very cool, and it was nice to see a couple of unexpected names on here, like Qualcomm and Dropbox, along with the givens like Google and Facebook. Though a lot of these blend together after a while (free housing, food, gym), that doesn't make them any less impressive, and I was glad to see you included some of the extracurricular and learning activities the companies offer as well. All the great perks reinforce the mantra these tech giants have that a great home-life balance and work environment improves quality of work...you would think, given their success, other companies would take the hint that that's true. It paints a nice picture of the workplace of tomorrow that, Google or not, we can all aspire to.
I do agree with some of the others, though, that this almost has a negative side. Maybe envy and being beyond the target age colors our opinions here. Though internships can be great opportunities, they've essentially become mandatory for young people... which means if you're not one of the ~3% of applicants to get accepted at Google, you're stuck at one of the lousy ones mentioned on the first page. It can be a convoluted system that feels luck-oriented (not unlike hiring); one linked anecdote included someone who flew across the country for a pair of interviews at Google, only to fail at a third unannounced phone interview he had when he got home. Considering still-high unemployment in the US, and related issues like Jschmidt mentions, it would seem to magnify the gap between the haves and the have-nots, which is the last thing we need. Not to be overly negative: these are still great places to work, and perhaps the takeaway we can have is to all make our work life a little more Google-like.