North Central College - Naperville, IL

Google internship leads to job offer for computer science, math major

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Oct. 13, 2011—North Central College computer science and mathematics double major Jonathan Rascher’s experience as a summer intern with Google has led to an offer of a full-time job with the company.

Rascher, a senior from Bartlett, worked in New York City on Google Apps Script for Google Apps and Google Docs as a software engineering intern. He landed the internship after participating in Google FUSE, a recruitment program for computer science students. He initially learned about Google FUSE from fellow North Central College senior Kitt Vanderwater, a former FUSE participant and project management intern.

Rascher says the fact that North Central’s academic year begins in mid-September—when most other college students start classes in mid-August—helped him complete a project during his internship experience.

“I had to work on a project for 11 to 12 weeks, and the trimesters have helped with timing,” Rascher said. “It’s not as stressful compared to students with semesters.”

He also praised North Central College’s computer science faculty he’s been working with throughout his undergraduate studies.

“The computer science faculty is awesome,” Rascher says.

The internship led to an offer of full-time employment with Google, which Rascher accepted. He’ll work in the company’s New York office after he graduates in June 2012.

Rascher began his studies at North Central College while still of high-school age, through the College’s Lederman Scholars program. While at North Central, he’s earned awards in computer science programming through contests sponsored by Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA). He’s also conducted mathematics research and presented his findings at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).