My name is Fabian and I am a graduate student from Germany. Technically, I am enrolled in the International Information Systems masters program at the FAU in Southern Germany for the summer term. Actually, I took a semester off for working in Silicon Valley in the summer of 2017.
I would like to share my impressions and experiences with prospective Valley interns, students interested in working here & simply all people being interested in just another Silicon Valley report (not a big group of folks, I guess).
What do I want to tell you?
A few years ago I read a Spiegel (offline) article about the notorious place of Silicon Valley with clear messages:
… Loose money.
… Crazy pioneers.
… Silicon Valley eats the world (economy).
In my opinion, the obvious menacing undertone of this message can be ascribed to a (now apparently stereotypic) German attitude: angst.
But wait! I am pretty sure you just wanted to quit this page since this does sound like another
“Man, Germany simply does not understand startups/entrepreneurship/[INSERT-TERMS-THAT-THE-BUSINESS-UNDERGRADUATES-FROM-YOUR-UNIVERSITY-ARE-USING-RECENTLY]”
Let me tell you: It’s not.
Instead of doing that, I will try to tell you about the (working) life in the bay area from a subjective (obviously) but rational perspective of a young student.
Since this place (spoiler alert) actually can be a pretty cool place to live & work (terms and conditions may apply, please continue reading), I will also try to give information about the possibilities to come here for an internship or even a full time employment.