Google starts summer internships

Lenoir is first data center to try program
May. 15, 2013 @ 01:48 AM

Google has never before hired interns to work at any of its data centers around the world, but it is starting with Lenoir.

Next week, up to eight Appalachian State University students will begin working at Google for just under three months, Enoch Moeller, the data center’s operations manager, said Tuesday at a meeting of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.

Google considers it a pilot project. If it’s successful, it may be tried at other data centers, and the Lenoir data center may involve other universities, Moeller said.

“We’re testing to see how the students will do,” he said.

As with any internship program, he said, the hope is that Google spots some people it would like to hire after they graduate.

Most of the students are rising seniors, all in either the computer information systems or computer science programs.

Moeller said the idea for internships came up a few years ago during partnership discussions with ASU. It took a while to convince Google management to try it.

“There are different levels of security and safety concerns,” he said.

Background checks on the students are still being conducted, he said.