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Google EventBy Joshua Ramirez
On Tuesday, March 5th, Google engineers and representatives descended upon WIT's campus to give a presentation outlining a two-year residency program that Google is actively accepting applications for.
This initiative - the Internal Technology Residency Program, or ITRP - welcomes recent graduates from a wide range of programs and degrees, and is intended to provide training and experience in front-line support, buttressed with a three-month stint performing work in a global office, and a second three-month period performing tasks within a specialized IT team.
During this 26-month period, residents are given a competitive salary and are provided with free courses in a variety of topics in order to ensure competency and high-caliber performance during their employment. Upon completing the program, residents can choose to find a team within Google to transition into for full-time employment, or they can simply take their experience and use it to stand out in the technological job market. And, of course, Google has a variety of other opportunities available to students beyond the ITRP program, including a variety of internships and other job opportunities, all of which can be found at google.com/jobs.
Immediately following the presentation, Google's own engineers proceeded to give out laptops and challenge attendees to resolve common issues that had been purposely planted on each of the computers, across a variety of operating systems. Students formed into teams and worked to troubleshoot and fix the problems in a fast-paced "FixIt" exercise, that tried to separate the more knowledgeable and best-of-breed technologists from the rest of the group.
The event concluded with a tallying of scores for each group, and the giveaway of a variety of Google swag, including always-handy cigarette lighter chargers for your "hopefully Android-powered" devices!