People who know me know that I’m a big fan of Google and all of the projects that people working there do. I like to think that I’m a fan of the future and the people that are making things that were once only science fiction into a reality for everyone in the world. That’s what drives me to Google, and this summer I got to return for another summer internship, this time at the Mountain View, CA location working on the awesomely fitting Medical Knowledge Research Team. When I applied saying that I would love to come back after college but only for a summer because I would be going off to Harvard Medical School in the Fall, someone found the perfect role for me and I loved it.
I can’t share too much about my actual work, but my team is doing cutting edge research on applications of machine learning in the medical field. I implemented an end-to-end Android app and corresponding web service for my project. I got to work through the process of going all the way from from an idea, through design and testing, to a demonstrable tool created to be easy to use and highly impactful. I learned a lot and developed my skills as a software engineer, a designer, and as an interviewer of future users of my project.
I made the most of my time at Google and scheduled a lot of lunches and meetings with awesome people there, including Dr. Kapil Parakh, MD, Dikembe Mutombo, and a reunion with Peter Norvig and Jeff Dean. I also got really involved with organizing events and lunches among the thousands of interns at Google and made a website internally which became pretty famous called go/intern-events where people could suggest events or lunches at a given time with a max attendees and people could sign up for them. It became a fun side project and through it I got to try out my first escape room with 12 other interns! I also was honored with being highlighted in an internal email digest as one of “eight interns with extraordinary backgrounds.” In addition to walking in the SF Pride Parade right after gay marriage legalization, the Darpa Robotic Search-and-Rescue International Competition, and and going home for the Fourth of July, this was a pretty amazing summer! Next up, Harvard Med!
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