Being an intern has never been so glamorous!
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who (in)famously paired up for the 2005 blockbuster "Wedding Crashers," are together again in a new R-rated romp, "The Internship." The two will play recently laid-off fortysomethings who hatch a diabolical scheme to land coveted internships at Google.
"We get free food, we get to play ping pong and take naps," Vaughn said of the role in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. "We find a way to get into the intern program and try to get a job there. It's fun to go back and do some R-rated comedies again."
Vaughn himself penned the screenplay for the film, which will even feature a cameo by Will Ferrell. But if you're hoping the film will offer glimpses behind-the-scenes at Google HQ, you'll have to look elsewhere: Filmmakers shot the movie at the Georgia Tech campus and steered clear of Google's California and New York offices, according to Mashable.
“Georgia Tech is one of the most unique and dynamic campuses I have ever seen,” said director Shawn Levy, who's also made "Night at the Museum" and "Date Night." “The architecture and space is as forward-thinking as its curriculum and student body; we thought it was the perfect setting for our story.”
As for Google's actual internship program, Forbes cites it as one of the best programs in the country, with its engineering interns receiving an average monthly base pay of $6,463 -- an unheard of income for most students learning the ropes of a business. And they're not making coffee: Google is infamous for giving interns projects that other companies would save for full-time employees.
But getting these positions is no easy task. Google receives 40,000 internship applications each year for only 1,500 openings, reports the Boston Globe. “We look for superstars,” Google recruiter Caitlin Cooke told the Globe.
What we want to know is how Vaughn's and Wilson's characters manage to break into the ranks of Google. Was beer pong part of the interview process?
"The Internship" is set to be released in in U.S. in 2013, so interns across the country should start saving their pennies now.
For some sneak peeks of the set, check out this Reddit thread, posted by a Georgia Tech student, showing photos of his college campus transformed into the fictional Google headquarters.
Will you be watching "The Internship" when it's released? Let us know in the comments.
I'm not sure if it's an actual perk not to have to leave the office when you're sick, but on-site doctors ensure that this is a reality at Google's Mountain View campus. <a href="http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/lifeatgoogle/benefits/#bbb" target="_hplink">According to Google's benefits site,</a> physical therapy and chiropractic services are also available.
Japanese Toto Toilets
Is it really any wonder that Googlers have access to some of the most high-tech toilets around? <a href="http://sfist.com/2008/06/26/behold_google_offices_toilets.php?gallery6095Pic=1#gallery" target="_hplink">These Japanese johns</a> offer washing and drying of your nether regions as well as the mysterious "wand cleaning." Both the wash water and the seat itself can be warmed or cooled depending on your preference. Want to see what it's like to be a Google employee? <a href="http://www.totousa.com/Washlet/TryaWashlet.aspx" target="_hplink">On its website,</a> manufacturer Toto lists restaurants around the country where you can have your own luxury toilet experience on one of their Washlets.
Endless Lap Pools
One perk about not working at Google is that Gawker never posts a photo of you swimming <a href="http://gawker.com/217775/man-in-google-lap-pool" target="_hplink">in one of the Googleplex's lap pools.</a> The outdoor mini-pools are like water treadmills: a strong current allows the Googler to swim and swim and go nowhere. <a href="http://computer.howstuffworks.com/googleplex3.htm" target="_hplink">Luckily, according to How Stuff Works,</a> lifeguards are always on duty in case someone gets in over their head. Google is big on water sports. In August, the company installed a temporary wave pool on campus to celebrate the Google+ team, <a href="http://www.launch.is/blog/sergey-brin-surfs-at-google-beach-party-id-1-that.html" target="_hplink">reported Launch. </a> See a picture of Google co-founder Sergey Brin riding the waves <a href="http://www.launch.is/blog/sergey-brin-surfs-at-google-beach-party-id-1-that.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
<a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344010,00.asp" target="_hplink">According to PC Magazine,</a> Google's Conference Bike is used as a team-building exercise for new employees. It has four wheels and five riders who work together to move it around.
Google's food program may not be the most creative perk at the company, but it is probably the most valuable to employees. Everyday, Googlers get three full meals and unlimited snacks from the campus' 25 cafeterias totally cost free. <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/07/what-googles-famous-cafeterias-can-teach-us-about-health/241876/" target="_hplink">According to The Atlantic,</a> the company makes an effort to keep the meals as healthy as possible by putting vegetables in every dish, using small plates and giving healthy items prime real estate in the cafeterias. <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/07/what-googles-famous-cafeterias-can-teach-us-about-health/241876/" target="_hplink">Google has also developed a creative pricing system</a> for vending machine food (the only edibles that cost money). The more sugar and fat contained in the snacks, the more they cost, which Google hopes will be enough incentive to keep its employees from gaining weight. Image via Flickr: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettlider/" target="_hplink">Brett L.</a>
Employees who don't have the time or inclination to get haircuts in the real world can get trimmed up at Google for free. <a href="Haircuts just one of Google's employee perks" target="_hplink">According to Reuters,</a> the service is provided by a company called <a href="http://www.onsitehaircuts.com/" target="_hplink">Onsite Haircuts</a> which operates out of mobile homes that travel around cutting the hair of Silicon Valley's tech army. Image via Flickr: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/" target="_hplink">Marcin Wichary</a>
Google has two things in common with McDonald's: an inclination toward primary colors and a ball pit. The Google Chrome ball pit is as you might expect a ball pit filled with plastic balls in the yellow, red, blue and green of the Google designed browser, Chrome. Check out the video above to see employees having too much fun at work.