Eng Practicum Application FAQ

Thanks for your interest in the EP Program! Please see our list of commonly asked questions below:

IMPORTANT: Completing the application

About the program

Eligibility

Completing the application:

How do I correctly submit my application and where do I attach my application materials?

Step 1: Complete 2019 Eng Practicum Essay Questions (your response to each essay question should be 200 words or less):

  1. How were you first introduced to CS? How have you continued to develop your technical skills and seek additional exposure to the field?
  2. What is your strongest programming language? How much experience do you have using the language? Please go into detail about how you used this technical language. If talking about a group project, be specific about your role in the final product. (Examples can include projects, coursework, competitions, websites, previous internships, etc.)
  3. At Google, we believe that a diversity of perspectives, ideas, and cultures leads to the creation of better products and services. Tell us about your background and experiences and how they make you unique.
  4. Please list the technical courses you'll be taking next semester. If you haven't registered for classes yet, please list the courses you plan on taking.
  5. Please list any clubs and/or organizations that you participate in.

*Your essay responses should be combined with your resume to create ONE PDF ATTACHMENT—this should be added the "Resume Section" listed below.

Step 2: Click on the “Apply Now” button on this page to provide the following required materials in the appropriate sections (PDFs preferred):

I forgot to include my transcript and/or essay, how do I add them to my application?

Your application will still be reviewed as is by our campus screening team for potential program fit. Should the team wish to move forward with your application, they will reach out via email to collect your application’s missing materials. Due to volume, please allow several weeks to hear back about your candidacy.

I made a mistake on my application, can I update it or send you a different document?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to update your application or application materials and your information will be screened as submitted.

I am a freshman and I don’t know my GPA nor do I have a transcript, can I still complete the application?

In lieu of a transcript, please attach a list of the current courses you’re taking in the “Education Section” of the application. The course list can be unofficial and doesn’t need to be provided by your university. Additionally, under “Degree Status,” select “Now attending” to upload this document.

What is the timeline regarding next steps?

Second year undergraduate students: We will be reviewing applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis until the program is filled. Please allow for several weeks after you’ve applied before hearing back from someone on our team.  

First year undergraduate students: We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and will start reaching out in December to schedule interviews.

I have a competing offer deadline. What should I do?

Please email eng-practicum-program@google.com so that we can take it into consideration as we review your application. We cannot guarantee that we will expedite your application review due to a competing offer. Please note: We are unable to expedite the process for first year students who have offer deadlines prior to December.

How do I apply to the Freshmen Engineering Practicum program?

Both freshman and sophomores are eligible for this program and should apply to the same application.

About the program:

What is the difference between the EP and SWE internship programs?

Both programs provide the opportunity to work on challenging, impactful technical projects alongside full-time software engineering teammates. The Engineering Practicum program focuses on providing support and development for students early on in their CS careers, where interns work in a pod-based structure under two hosts, and participate in a mentorship program. The Software Engineering internship is a larger, more competitive program that focuses on technical development in a more complex, independent environment. Interns have sole ownership of their project with the support of one host, and have the option to participate in a mentorship/buddy program. Interns from both programs have the same opportunities to participate in events, tech talks, and the other great Google perks available to all interns!

What dates will the program be taking place?

The Engineering Practicum is a 12-week program with two planned program sessions to accommodate quarter and semester school systems: May 20th-August 9th or June 17th-September 6th. These dates are firm and students must be available for the duration.

In which office location(s) will this program be offered? How do I get assigned to a location?

The Engineering Practicum internship program will be held in Mountain View, CA; Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; Kirkland, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Irvine, CA; San Bruno, CA; Boulder, CO; PIttsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL.

We ask that applicants be open to all of our amazing office locations listed above.

We will also have a cohort in our Waterloo, Ontario office in Canada and there will be a separate application for this office.

Click here to learn more about our different offices.

Compensation and Relocation

The Engineering Practicum is a 12-week paid internship. Relocation stipends are offered and tailored to each office.

Eligibility:

Please note: If none of the below information answers your eligibility questions, please apply to the program and use the essay section to explain your specific situation. Please do not email the alias with additional questions.

I attend a university outside North America

As your university is located outside of the US, Canada or Mexico, you would unfortunately be ineligible for the program. If you attend a satellite office of a US University we will consider your candidacy on a case by base basis.  

You can view our other student opportunities at google.com/students/intern.

I am an international student studying in the U.S.

If you are an international student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the US,  you are eligible for this internship as long as you can obtain a Curricular Practical Training (CPT).  Please speak to the International Student & Scholar Services office at your school about your eligibility. You can find out more here.

I am an international student studying in Canada.

As an international student studying in Canada, you may be eligible for a J1 Visa.  Please check with your school’s International Center for Students to learn more. If you are eligible for a J1 Visa you are eligible for this program.

I attend a university in Europe or Asia.

The Engineering Practicum internship program is only available to students that are currently enrolled in a computer science /electrical /computer engineering program at a university in North America. That being said, we offer the Summer Trainee Engineering Program (STEP) for students currently enrolled in a university in Europe as well as similar programs in Asia. You can find more information about the STEP program here.

I haven’t declared a major yet.
A student is eligible for the program if he/she intends to declare a major in computer science, electrical or computer engineering. Freshmen must take one CS course by the end of this calendar year (December 2018) to be eligible for the program. Sophomores need at least two completed CS courses within this timeframe to meet eligibility requirements.

I am currently enrolled in a 2-year program and plan to enroll in a 4-year program next year.  

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a BA/BS undergraduate program, so unfortunately students currently enrolled in a 2-year program are not eligible for the Engineering Practicum. However, feel free to check out some of Google's additional resources:

I am a high school senior.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a BA/BS undergraduate program, so unfortunately students still in high school are not eligible for the program.  Please check out our other student programs by visiting www.google.com/students.

I am a second-year student (a sophomore) but I am graduating a semester early, in December 2020.  

The program is open to second year undergraduate students who will be graduating a semester early.

I am a student in a 5-year BA/BS co-op program.

The program is open to first or second year students pursuing a BA/BS degree in computer science, electrical or computer engineering at four and five-year undergraduate programs. Please note that this is strictly a 12-week program over the summer and we are unable to accommodate any extensions (see the above dates).

I am a third year student (a junior) graduating before December 2020.

This program is open to first and second year undergraduate students pursuing a BA/BS degree in computer science, electrical or computer engineering, who ideally will be returning to a Bachelor's degree program with at least two years remaining in their academic program after completion of the Summer 2019 internship.

I am a second-year student with junior standing due to AP class credits.

The program is open to first and second year undergraduate students pursuing a BA/BS degree in computer science, electrical or computer engineering, who ideally will be returning to a Bachelor's degree program with at least two years remaining in their academic program after completion of their Summer 2019 internship.

I am a first-year student, but haven’t taken a CS class yet.

We require that students complete at least one Computer Science class (in one of our core coding languages) by the end of their first semester because we find that it will better prepare you for the technical interviews. Please note that a high school CS class would meet this requirement.

I am not currently enrolled in an academic program, but will be in the spring.

You must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of your application to be considered for this opportunity.

I’m in an undergraduate program, but I’ve changed majors/transferred/etc. I still plan to graduate in 2021 or 2022.

Please apply to the program and use the essay section to explain your specific situation. We will then review your application on a case-by-case basis.

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Additional Questions?

Thank you for reviewing the above information. If you still have questions please email us at eng-practicum-program@google.com and please add “ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS” in the subject.

***Please note: If you still have eligibility questions, please apply to the program and use the essay section to explain your specific situation. Please do not email the alias with additional questions.***