Nilson lands internship with Google

When Alec Nilson submitted his application for an internship at Google in Oct. 2012, he never imagined that application would send him to Ireland, but, that is exactly what happened.

Nilson is from Omaha, Neb. and a junior at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., double majoring in computer system security and network administration.  He is eager to start his international Google internship which starts May 7th, and will end in late August of 2013.

“Google has been a company where I wanted to work for a long time. I have a couple of connections within Google, and they helped me to apply overseas,” stated Nilson.

Initially, he applied for a United States based internship at Google, but with the help of an acquaintance of Nilson’s that already worked for Google, his application was sent in for the open overseas internship position. He was then contacted for an interview. After four interviews he was informed he had been accepted for the internship in Ireland.

“When I first found out I landed the internship with Google, I wasn’t sure what to think. It’s a big thing!” stated Nilson.

Nilson appreciates DSU’s open campus community which encourages him to succeed. “The fact that I can simply go to my academic advisor and ask what I can learn next, and then be given a topic to focus on so I can expand my knowledge base, makes a huge change in how a person can learn. Also, with DSU professors encouraging me and because of the self-confidence I’ve gained because of DSU, I decided to apply for the Google internship.”

Nilson’s duties will focus on desktop and end-user support during his Google internship.

“I’ve had other internships before with small to medium sized networks, but this opportunity will help me see how a world-wide, huge corporation like Google operates with such a large network,” said Nilson.

According to, there are more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries world-wide. Most are equipped with fitness facilities, cafes with free healthy food options and other on-site services to ensure Google employees are happy and healthy. It also explains that no two Google offices are the same, but there are a few common features in each office like murals and decoration expressing local personality; Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and “huddles”; video games, pool tables and pianos.

Last Updated: 3/18/13