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Shawn Jin

Fourth Year, Software Engineering & Embedded Systems student from Shanghai who is currently on co-op placement at Google, San Francisco.

How did you get this job?

Last September I got the interview and the interview lasted for three month, including coding and host matching. I’m lucky that I got the internship.

How are you finding your experience?

It has been great. My team is quite a young group. So we talk together, we go exercise together. 

What are you working on right now? 

Project Fi (A mobile virtual network operator by Google, providing phone, messaging and data services using both Wi-Fi and cellular networks belonging to Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Three.)

What’s it like working at Google?

The workplace is very free. We don’t have to wear a suit every day. We just wear T-shirts. But we also work hard. We have great restaurants and we eat the freshest foods. I just want to work and contribute to the team.

What advice do you have for students who want to work in Silicon Valley?

I have to say plan ahead. If you want to work at Google you have to work hard during your first year of studies. Google has a lot of programs that are only open for freshmen so you have to join that program and maybe you can get guaranteed internship offer in your senior year. You need to make connections with Google engineers. The Google Summer Program is a good avenue to take. 

Why was it important for you to do a co-op?

So I can apply the knowledge I learned from school to a real world problem. The problems we learn at University courses are maybe just a small subset of a really big problem. When you do an internship, you can get exposed to the entire project. You can learn a lot.

Is this a dream job for you?

Definitely it’s a dream job. I really enjoy the Google working environment because everyone is open and friendly and we help each other with problems. I’m having fun while doing the work.

What’s next for you?

 I’m doing an internship at Microsoft in Seattle this summer.

As an international student, when you applied to McMaster did you think that you would be working at Google and Microsoft?

I think I have a dream but when I accepted the offer with McMaster I couldn’t imagine this day. Also I reject an offer from the University of Toronto and UBC, and I choose McMaster because I love the engineering here. I think the engineering program at McMaster is great. We have a general first year and also because my father is also an engineer so I wanted to take an engineering program.

McMaster Engineering interviewed Shawn Jin during an Engineering Co-op & Career Services visit to Silicon Valley in February, 2018. Learn more about the trip and the Big Ideas contest here.