Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called “BackRub” that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998 they had formalized their work, creating the company known today as Google.

Since then, Google has grown from offering search in a single language to offering dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, Google now has thousands of employees and offices around the world.  Google divides its business into the following areas:

Search – A visit to or one of more than 180 other Google domains yields information in many different languages.  Information is everywhere from stock quotes to sports scores to news headlines to looking up the address of a local post office or grocery store. There are also find images, videos, maps, patents and much more. With universal search technology, viewers see all of these items combined in one result page per query, and services such as personalized search help to find even more information tailored to interests. Google is also working to digitize some of the world’s information that until recently hasn’t been online, like books.

Ads – Google generates the majority of its revenue by offering advertisers measurable, cost-effective and highly relevant advertising. Its goal is for the ads seen on Google to be as useful to you as they are to the advertisers—so that they can be a valuable form of information in their own right.

Apps – Web applications (“apps”) make it simpler for people to share information and get things done together. Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs help people communicate and collaborate more easily, whether planning a wedding or building a business itinerary. Googles designed its Apps, the business version of these tools, to be powerful enough for large enterprises (Google uses it across all of the company, in fact) but simple enough for mom-and-pop businesses too.

More – Google knows that whenever someone searches the web they want it to be as fast as possible, with all their favorite websites at your fingertips, so it offers software like Google Chrome to help browse the web quickly and easily.  Google also makes its services available through mobile smartphones.  With the Open Handset Alliance, it developed Android, the world’s first fully open platform that any mobile developer can use and any hardware manufacturer can install on a device.  In 2006, Google acquired YouTube, which lets billions of people discover, watch and share original videos as well as professional content.

STEM Ed Initiatives: 

Google RISE - Roots in Science and Engineering - Awards are designed to promote and support Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS) education initiatives. Google provide awards to organizations working with K-12 (primary & secondary schools) and university students to provide enrichment programs in these fields. The following institutions received grants from RISE.

BOLD Internships - This program is designed to provide exposure into the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field.

Summer of Code - Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Google has worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 6000 successful student participants and over 3000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

Code-in – Google Code-in, Google's contest to introduce pre-university students (age 13-18) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible, concluded on January 10, 2011. There were 361 students from 48 countries completing on over 2,000 tasks during the 7-week contest.

Apps for Education – Google offers cloud-based applications for universities and K-12 schools. These products offer advantages including affordability.

Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) – Google has created the Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI). Up to 60 aspiring computer scientists were selected to attend an all-expenses-paid CSSI sessions at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The first session took take place from June 26 - July 16, 2011 and the second took place from July 24 - August 12, 2011. This special institute included an interactive and collaborative CS curriculum, as well as a unique residential experience in which students could build a network with other attendees.

LEAD Summer Engineering Institute - During LEAD Summer Engineering Institutes, students reside and attend classes on-campus at 6 of the nation’s top engineering schools for 3 weeks. Summer Engineering Institutes provide diverse, high-achieving high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers.

Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) - CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in high school and middle school curriculum. With a grant from Google's Education Group, universities develop 2-3 day workshops for local high school and middle school CS teachers. These workshops incorporate informational talks by industry leaders, and discussions on new and emerging CS curricula at the high school and middle school level. On this site, you'll find information on how to apply for a CS4HS grant, information for workshop attendees and partners, and other helpful resources.

Scholarships – Google helps students -- primarily women and minorities -- with computer science and technology studies, to encourage them to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders.

Computing and Programming Experience (CAPE) – CAPE is a four week summer program located in Google offices across the US, designed to inspire excitement about computer science for incoming 9th grade (graduating 8th grade) students.

Google Teacher Academy - The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google's free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other primary and secondary educators in their local region.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Santa Fe Institute

The University of Texas at Austin

Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Colorado State University

St. Vrain Valley Educational Foundation

Distance learning Center, Inc.

Technology Access Foundation

Duke University

San Jose State University

FRC Team 3328, Noho Robo

University of California Riverside

Girls Excelling in Mathematics & Science (GEMS)

University of San Francisco


Uplift, Inc.

Lancaster High School Eagle Robotics

Xavier College Preparatory HS

Rochester Institute of Technology




Google is not a conventional company, and does not intend to become one. While it does share attributes with the world’s most successful organizations like a focus on innovation and smart business practices it is committed to retaining a small-company feel. At Google, every employee has something important to say, and every employee is integral to its success. It provides individually-tailored compensation packages that can be comprised of competitive salary, bonus, and equity components, along with the opportunity to earn further financial bonuses and rewards. 

Google has offices around the globe, from Bangalore to Zurich, but regardless of where, it nurtures an invigorating, positive environment by hiring talented, local people who share its commitment to creating search perfection and want to have a great time doing it. Googlers thrive in small, focused teams and high-energy environments, believe in the ability of technology to change the world, and are as passionate about their lives as they are about their work.

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