Have you ever “Googled” something? Chances are, you have.
Elena Davidson, New Mexico State University honors student, will be doing more than Googling something this summer. Not only will she know Google as a search engine, she will get to know the company from the inside as an engineering practicum intern.
She was accepted into the 12-week developmental program from May to August. The engineering practicum program is open to first- and second-year undergraduate students interested in the technology field.
A sophomore computer science major, Davidson will be working with a team on a software project at Google’s Mountain View, California, location.
“Google is the place to intern if you’re a computer science major or an electrical engineering major, and I am excited about absolutely everything about this internship,” Davidson said. “I’m excited to get my feet wet and really start taking what I learned in the classroom here at NMSU and applying it in the workplace. I’m looking forward to networking with these amazing Googlers and other interns.
“For a girl born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, I’m also excited about living in the Bay Area for a summer.”
NMSU Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken speaks very highly of Conroy Scholars and said Davidson is no exception.
“We knew when we were recruiting students as Conroy Scholars that these were people with enormous capability and potential,” Chaiken said. “Elena’s success in earning this prestigious opportunity as only a sophomore is proof that our expectations were accurate. Elena and her fellow Conroy Scholars are definitely going places.”
High school students who are national merit semi-finalists or national Hispanic merit semi-finalists are eligible for the Conroy Scholarship beginning with their freshman year. Students’ PSAT scores determine whether they are invited to apply for the scholarship, which is a four-year offer if a 3.5 grade point average is maintained.
Davidson said her hands-on experience at NMSU has helped prepare her for this opportunity. She was a camp assistant and research assistant with the Young Women in Computing program for over a year.
Daniela Miranda-Tellez was the program coordinator for Young Women in Computing when Davidson worked with the program.
“Elena has always brought an outstanding approach to her work through her strong desire to connect with the program participants and families,” Miranda-Tellez said. “I have no doubt she’ll do an exceptional job at Google, because she has always demonstrated a tremendous drive to succeed.”
Davidson recently began working in the NMSU Media Productions and Learning Games Lab in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. In her new position, she will assist with application development and website creation from an educational perspective.
She equated the competitive Google application process to that of an Ivy League school. She said her recruiters and interviewers emphasized the importance of the applicants’ ability, passion and problem-solving capabilities.
She also said that both NMSU and her family have provided her with much-needed support.
“NMSU has such an amazing, supportive and encouraging environment,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to go into this internship if it weren’t for all of the opportunities NMSU has provided me. I also want to thank my mom, dad, sister and the rest of my family for their encouragement and excitement regarding the internship. My entire family has been so supportive, now and always.”
Google employs over 50,000 people in 50 countries. The company makes hundreds of products used by billions of people, including YouTube, Android, Google Search and Smartbox.
Author: Kristie Garcia – NMSU