Google—It’s Not Just for Computer Science Majors

Duck alums from Google share career insights with Lundquist students.

As a Mohr Career Services Career Peer Educator, I recently had the opportunity to moderate an Industry Bite panel starring three Duck alumni who currently work at Google. Blaire Bender, Farbod Sedeh, and Steen Whidden discussed company culture, their job functions, and answered questions from the audience. Farbod touched on his role as Account Manager and the contrasts between working at Google and working at other big tech firms on the accounts side. Blaire talked about her role in marketing, specifically managing the current partnership between Google and Major League Baseball. Steen is a recruiter and talked about his journey leading to talent acquisition.

Heading into the panel, I knew Google was a massive corporation, but was unsure of what opportunities existed for students outside of the technical side of the organization. Google’s Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) internship offers a fantastic opportunity for business students to gain work experience. (Note that the BOLD internship deadline appears to have passed for summer 2024, but keep it in mind as an early fall application opportunity for next summer.) Blaire touched on her time as a BOLD intern during the Q&A. During the internship, interns work in different areas within Google’s business operations sector, such as sales, marketing, and management. During her time interning, Blaire found her passion in marketing and is now working in the New York office as a Senior Brand Marketing Manager.

I enjoyed how business-focused the panel was, and the speakers did a great job highlighting the opportunities within Google that do not require technological experience. The three speakers all work in different metro locations and touched on the similarities and differences between their specific offices. Throughout the Industry Bite, I gained new insight into the programs Google offers and how they can further my career skills.

The next virtual Industry Bite: The Business of Film, Television, and the Creator Economy is coming up on November 14. We hope to see you there!

By Gabe
Gabe Career Peer Educator