Technical Development Guide
This guide provides tips and resources to help you develop your technical skills (academically and non-academically) through self-paced, hands-on learning.
This guide is intended for Computer Science students seeking an internship or university grad role at Google.
What this guide is for
- You can use this guide to determine which courses to take, but be sure stay on track with your courses required for your major to graduate.
- We encourage you to learn more outside of this guide. The more you know, the better!
- The online resources we’ve cited aren’t meant to replace courses available at your university, but they may help supplement your education or provide an introduction to a topic.
- The information and recommendations in this guide were gathered through our work with students and candidates in the field. It is a work-in-progress, a living document, so be sure to periodically check back for updates.
Note: Following the recommendations in the guide does not guarantee a job at Google.
How to use this guide
- The guide lists topics and resources in a rough progression, from possible places to begin if you have little or no technical skills, to resources for those with increasing skills, to ways to gain exposure in the Computer Sciences field.
- You can use any of the resources you want, in any order.
Recommendations and Resources
|Take an “Introduction to CS” course||
Focus on basic coding instructions.
|Learn to code in (at least) one object-oriented programming language (C++, Java®, Python®)||
Online resources for beginning programmers:
Online resources for more experienced programmers:
|Learn other programming languages||
Add to your repertoire:
|Test your code||
Learn how to catch bugs, create tests, and break your software.
|Develop logical reasoning and knowledge of discrete math||Online resources:|
|Develop a strong understanding of algorithms and data structures||
Learn about fundamental data types (stack, queues, and bags), sorting algorithms
(quicksort, mergesort, heapsort), data structures (binary search trees, red-black
trees, hash tables), and Big O.
|Develop a strong knowledge of operating systems||
Computer Science 162, UC Berkeley, YouTube
|Learn artificial intelligence and machine learning||Online resources:|
|Learn Android development||
|Learn web development||
|Learn other developer skills||Online resources:|
|Learn cryptography||Online resources:|
|Work on projects outside of the classroom||
Create and maintain a website, build your own server, or build a robot.
|Work on a small piece of a large system (codebase), read and understand existing code, track down documentation, and debug||
GitHub is a great way to read other people’s code or contribute to a project.
|Work on projects with other programmers||This will help you improve your ability to work well in a team and enable you to learn from others.|
|Practice your algorithmic knowledge and coding skills||
Practice your algorithmic knowledge through coding competitions like CodeJam or
ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest.
|Become a teaching assistant||Helping to teach other students will help enhance your knowledge of the subject matter.|
|Gain internship experience in software engineering||
Find Google’s internships in Engineering and Technology on our Students site.
Online resource to prepare to interview for software engineering positions, including for internships: