Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is just like any other NBA player in the sense that he’s working hard on his game this summer to prepare for the upcoming season. What makes Barnes a bit different is that he’s also spending some time interning at Facebook.
Mashable has the details on what Barnes is up to at the social networking company:
Barnes has added another item to his summer list: making the 40-minute drive from Oakland, where he lives, to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters like any other Silicon Valley grunt.
Facebook calls him an “extern,” not an intern. Barnes isn’t getting paid, and he’s not taking a hungry college student’s spot. But he’s meeting, working with and shadowing Facebook employees this week, giving — and receiving — knowledge in the process. His presence in Menlo Park is twofold.
First, as one of pro sports’ more active and savvy Facebook users, he’s there to learn even more about the platform. Second, he’s there to provide Facebook’s development teams with feedback it can’t get from anyone but the high-profile athletes and celebrities who use their products, particularly the recently-launched Mentions app.
This is a pretty cool thing for Barnes to do. He’s just 22 years old and should have a long NBA career in front of him; however, one never knows what the future holds and it’s smart for Barnes to make him better informed in other ares as a backup plan for when his basketball career ends.
Barnes averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this past season with the Warriors.