"It honestly felt like I was going to Disney World," said Braun, who now works full time at Google.
Braun said he was paired with a mentor who checked in with him regularly. He helped organize Gayglers — gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees — for Gay Pride Week. And, with his fellow interns, Braun was treated to an evening cruise around San Francisco Bay aboard a four-story ferry with a dance floor, dining area and karaoke deck.
The most rewarding part of his internship, Braun said, was working on "Life in a Day," a crowdsourced documentary that stitched together moments from their lives on a single day in 2010 that people uploaded to YouTube. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and streamed live on YouTube.
He and others at Google say being a Google intern isn't quite the way it appears on the big screen.
Vaughn and Wilson definitely pass the "layover test" for new hires as in who would you like to be stuck with in an airport. But it's a far-fetched idea that the two goofy washouts would land internships at Google in real life.
In the movie, Vaughn and Wilson enroll in the University of Phoenix (they dub it "the Harvard of the West") to qualify for internships at Google. In order to get an internship at Google, students have to be enrolled in a full-time degree program (or in a graduate program).
Vaughn and Wilson get an offer from Google after taking part in a Google Hangout video chat at a local library. In real life, interns go through at least two 45-minute interviews, and engineering interns are asked to code or solve a technical problem.
Unlike in the movie, interns are not placed on teams and pitted against each other to compete for a small number of full-time jobs. There are no quotas for the number of summer interns Google hires, Ewing said.
And the people who run the internship program are not mean-spirited like Roger Chetty, played by Aasif Mandvi, Braun said. Mandvi's character reveals himself to be likable at the end of the film, something that was not in the original script. Filmmakers say they did not make the change to appease Google.
By and large, the movie shows Google as a fun — and meaningful — place to work, Kang said.
She was won over by a scene in which a tireless Google employee, played by Rose Byrne, underscores the corporate philosophy of "Googleyness," a combination of intellectual curiosity and a passion to change the world that the company says motivates its staffers. "I actually believe," Byrne tells Wilson, "that what we do here helps make people's lives a little bit better."
"It's true. What Google does is very beneficial," said Kang who uses Chrome as her Web browser, Gmail for email, YouTube to watch music videos and Google Docs to share college lecture notes with friends. "I can't imagine living without it, even more than Facebook."
"Watching the movie gave me a sense of hope that I can find a job after graduation," she said. "And it just made the workplace seem really amazing."