One month into her summer internship, Alex Oriente likens her work atmosphere to that of a toy factory.
"Bikes, ball-pits, massage chairs; it's all true," laughed Oriente. "You're never more than 150 feet from free food."
The 2011 Park City High School alum was accepted as a 2014 Google summer intern in the Google BOLD program, which provides non-technical internships. Oriente is one of only 22 interns from around the world in the marketing program where she serves as the Associate Product Marketing Manager.
"[Google] manages to create this work culture in which people are genuinely happy. It's absolutely unreal," explained Oriente.
Even with Google's glitzy perks, Oriente says the best part of her internship is the people she has met.
"Google manages to create this incredible balance where one is fully accountable for one's own work, but at the same time there is a very strong team component. I know I can always count on my team for anything."
After graduating from PCHS, Oriente entered the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently studying philosophy, politics, and economics as she heads into her senior year.
During her years at Park City High Oriente was personally inspired by Spanish teacher George Murphy who she still looks up to as a role model.
"To this day he has been one of the most inspirational teachers I've ever had and one of the most generous, kindhearted people I've ever met."
Although her high school passions ranged from Chinese to Biology, Oriente expanded her interest in marketing last summer interning at local tutoring company Zaniac where she helped develop and run Zane Math U, reaching out to other college students to run their own tutoring businesses.
Upon returning to school she worked at Autism Express, a Philadelphia startup focused on increasing digital literacy in students with special needs to "even the playing field."
Finding out she had been accepted to Google was both shocking and exciting for Oriente, who now hopes to one day get a permanent job offer.