Last summer was such a success, Google is doing it again. The company is searching for applicants for its BOLD Diversity internship program. BOLD stands for Building Opportunities for Leadership & Development.
Designed to provide exposure to the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field (with African- Americans most under-represented), the BOLD Diversity (BOLD Immersion Program for Freshmen) internship program is open to qualified college students who will have completed their second year of college or university study by June 1, 2012. The program aims to reach students who identify with a group that is historically under-represented in the technology industry, including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic, Native American, students with disabilities, and veterans.
Last summer was Google’s largest contingent yet. They had more than 250 students take part in BOLD.
The program covers a variety of areas in the tech field. Besides working in development/engineering, interns will also learn the business aspects of a technology company. Departments include sales, marketing, people operations and finance across 11 offices in North America. Interns will also participate in employee resource groups such as the Black Googlers Network and the Gayglers.
The 11-week paid internship will involve personal and professional development programming, executive speakers and mentoring. There will be Google business seminars, skill-building workshops and executive speakers. Interns will be mentored by Googlers from across the company. BOLD internship assignments have included advertising sales and user operations; finance and analytics; People Operations, which focuses on human resources; and marketing.
According to a Google spokesperson, “Our philosophy has always been that a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures means better products for our users. In order to increase diversity in the tech sector, we must increase the pipeline of diverse talent in the workforce. At Google, we have an inclusive work environment and constantly promote diversity through scholarship programs, internship opportunities and partnerships with organizations working to educate the next generation of engineers and professionals.”