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Filipino American valedictorian of Marianas High School and Harvard U student accepted as a Google intern

By Lori Lyn Lirio

Robert Malate

MARIANAS High School valedictorian of Class 2017 Robert Malate was accepted in Google as summer intern in its California office.

For the next 12 weeks, Malate, a Filipino American, will be under Google’s Engineering Practicum Internship program.

“This is a unique internship that Google offers that is primarily focused to freshman and sophomore college students,” Malate said, adding “I felt fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity to learn from an innovative company.”

Malate, who is attending Harvard University, started his internship on May 21.

“There was a lot of information presented to us, and there were a lot of interns. However, going through orientation has made me look forward to what I am going to be doing and what I can be doing at Google,” Malate said, recounting his first week working at the giant internet company.

Google’s Engineering Practicum program is a 12-week developmental opportunity for first and second- year undergraduate students with a passion for technology – especially students from underrepresented groups including women, Native American, Black, Latino, Veteran and students with disabilities.

Malate said it was his second time to have summer internship at Google, the first was in July 2017 before going to college. This year, Malate has to go through application process.

“If your application looks promising, then they offer an interview. After the interview, it goes through some committee. They then decide whether to give an offer or not,” Malate said.

Malate did not disclose the details of the interview, but said “the interviewers were great people who guided me in solving the given problem.”

“I am having an amazing time. I’ve been to Google before for a summer program, and I never thought that I could be working for a company like this. Now I feel as if I am starting to understand and be integrated into the culture,” Malate said.

Malate is an incoming sophomore and will take up Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.

“It has been great. I did well in my classes, met great people, and was able to do many activities, such as robotics,” Malate said of his first year in college.

Lori Lyn Lirio
Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a veteran newshen having worked for the People's Journal Tonight for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She currently writes for the Marianas Variety, Saipan's number one community paper. .

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