Why I wanted to intern at Apple

I just found this while reviewing some very old backups. Like most things of this ancient era, I’d completely forgotten about it, so it’s been fascinating to look back – as if in the 3rd person – at my younger, far away self.

I don’t recall why exactly, but evidently I had to write some kind of cover letter in order to intern at Apple. I don’t even know if this was addressed to Apple, or was perhaps just part of the visa process.

Statement of Motivation

My internship offered at Apple Computer Inc. is a fantastic opportunity for me to be introduced to and get involved with one of the worlds leading and most innovative technology companies.  It will provide exposure to their current – and possibly future – hardware products, as well as the processes by which they develop them.

Additionally, the time in the U.S.A. will provide exposure to U.S. culture and general life, which will be an invaluable grounding should I pursue further work in the U.S.A. (at a later date).  While I have no immediate plans to do so, I would certainly like to have the option, as the U.S.A. is the worldwide hub for development of advanced computer technology – the best place for someone in my industry to end up.

In terms of furthering my studies and career, the impact is almost immeasurable.  My employability – not just in Australia, but also internationally – will be increased tremendously by the internship, both from the training and experience provided as well as from the impressive addition it would make to any resume.  Specifically, I hope it will open the door to future employment at Apple Computer Inc.

On a personal level, I’d like to see a bit of North America as a tourist, as much as I can – visit all the cliché spots, like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, all those.  I think it’d be a great experience, and hopefully a lot of fun.

21-year-old me, in 2005

I’ve been to all three of those places now. Two out of the three were indeed fun, as hoped.

A fun footnote was that the internship paid $25 US / hour, @ 40 hours per week. That was about $33 AUD / hour, given exchange rates at the time. That compared preeetty favourably with my prior internships – $18.50 AUD / hour at NEC, $15.79 AUD / hour at PIRVic – and beat the pants off the first real job I recall having, at a flower nursery, in high school, for an amazing $5 AUD / hour.

Hockey and Gym


So, I went to the gym this morning and signed up, all shiny and proper. Signing up just involved a blood pressure and heart rate test, to make sure I wasn’t about to die on them, and a tour of the facility. It’s pretty nice – a whole range of equipment, and a whole variety of free classes you can just turn up to as you please. I’m not sure if I’ll be jumping straight into Jazzercise or Power Yoga, but there’s a few things there that interest me.

Of course, now it’s a matter of finding time to go regularly. I don’t know if I’ll be suddenly becoming a great 6am morning person… I think it might be an after work affair. We shall see. There’s apparently always at least half a dozen people there, so I can’t escape them, but I guess I’ll overcome my embarrassment.

Work was good today. It was a bit short, with all the gym stuff, the iTMS brown bag lunch (just a sec), and then going off to the ice hockey game (just a minute).

So, the brown bag lunch… I guess I probably can’t say much at all about it, since they were reasonably candid about everything, but it was a cool insight into how the iTunes Music Store operates behind the scenes. Not so much the technical stuff, but the client and customer relations, and a look at some of the policies and the reasons behind them. Very interesting.

Then there was actual lunch, where, yes indeed, we sat only a few short metres from the great Steve himself, along with Ive. Those two seem just about inseparable. 🙂 In a way I’m tempted to just up and introduce myself, since everyone else holds him in such comical reverence, but at the same time, regardless of the brazenness, I’m sure he doesn’t especially want people hassling him over his lunch, regardless. So, I won’t. But not because I’m afraid. 😛

Anyway, ice hockey. Nothing as entertaining as watching grown men hit each other with big sticks, at high speed. 😀

Well, it started off a bit slow, but I was being optimistic, so I held through… I had a bit of a light headache from hunger, which wasn’t helped by the $6AU “Jumbo Hotdog” which was about six inches long, if that. It came wrapped up in foil, and looked like a very anorexic baked potato. It was okay tasting, sure, but it was barely a mid-day appetiser, let alone a meal. Very sad affair, that.

But anyway, the game was fun. As with all contact sports, it become most interesting in the last ten minutes, when both teams started to get a bit tired, a bit cranky, and the tempers started to strain. Still, it was a [relatively] clean game, although I did feel sorry for the away team, the Panthers (from somewhere in Florida), who had all of about twenty supporters in the crowd. They put up a pretty good fight right from the start – they really dominated the puck for a large portion of the game, but just never had any luck scoring… the Sharks (the local team) had very good defense.

And of course it was a good way to meet a few more faces at Apple – other interns, predominantly. While I’ve met a lot of people here in the past two weeks, they’re all work people for the moment; once I leave the office, it’s back home with Brett & Ashley, to sit here each on our Powerbooks and do our things. Of course, as I’ve noted previously there simply is no night life here… although I did notice a few social places open in San Jose while we were there, so I think I’ll definitely investigate how easy or hard the ride down there is. It seems like that’s at least as far as we’ll have to go for a bit of entertainment.

Anyway, bed time now… I’ve got a lot of work tomorrow that I’m really looking forward to, and I want to get a lot of it done, so – like the night before christmas – the sooner I get to sleep the sooner it arrives. 🙂

As a side note, I know I haven’t been in contact with a lot of people nearly as much as they or I would like – I’m limited by the time difference in so far as when I can phone people, and too many of my friends aren’t online regularly enough… but I’ll get around to everyone as soon as I can. I’ll sort out one way or another what the deal is with phoning mobiles, which would make things much easier. Indeed, that’s the only way I’ll be able to talk with Sket, since she’s off at Hamilton Island at the moment.

I miss people, but at the same time, I’m really enjoying it here, so I’m not really getting homesick or anything. There’s still more than enough for me to do to keep myself busy. After christmas should be a little quieter, and of course I’m told homesickness really kicks in after about two months, so, we’ll see..

Bug Crusher Extraordinaire


Today was a good day. I actually got some good work done today, at work, and squished a quite interesting bug. I ended up hanging around an extra few hours to do so, but it was worth it. I had a great ride home as a result – a real high. 🙂

I also had my first Steve sighting. Yes indeedy, he was naught but twenty feet away, eating with Ive at the cafe as we walked in. I couldn’t help but laugh – Ashley was so excited last week when he similarly saw him, and even some of the permanent employees talk excitedly about Steve sightings. It really is like a cult, sometimes, here… the reverence reserved for Steve is just disturbing. 🙂

And I’m continually confronted by Australian anachronisms I never knew existed. Today I learnt that muesli is more or less a foreign word to most people here – some have seen something in the stores with “muesli” on it, but it doesn’t register anything like it does in Australia.

They have no idea what a dunny is, although they are familiar with “water closet”, which is apparently European.

Also, I have now watched Jurassic Park twice in as many nights, and I think it’s on again tomorrow night…. 81 channels, nothing on. Gah!

And if you thought Australian cable TV was bad for ads – that god damn stupid frog – you have no idea… there’s more ads on U.S. consumer-paid cable than free to air Australian TV. Seriously. And they do evil things like put long ad breaks between the end of a show and the credits, so you sometimes wait through all that crap for no reason. That is evil.

And as usual, we don’t get any of the good channels – movies and such. Although I do like the SciFi channel – they have a Stargate and Atlantis marathon, one day after another, at the start of January. I will thus be unavailable for several days during this period. 😀