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Harrison Barnes ‘externs’ at Facebook

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is currently undergoing an offseason workout plan that is a bit different than that of his colleagues.

He’s working at Facebookas an “extern.”

During this past week, he had been driving 40 minutes each day from Oakland, Calif., to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, according to Mashable.

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.

The company had been interested in getting feedback from the 22-year-old about its Mentions app.

“Being in the NBA and able to connect with fans through social experiences is great,” Barnes said. “But then to come here and connect with the people who make these tools and learn how to use them more effectively and also talk about how they can be enhanced is even better.”

Barnes is learning about the company’s platform. And he even got to do so in the “gravity room,” which allows visitors to take and share topsy-turvy photos on social media.


Warriors fans need not panic, though. Barnes got his fill at Facebook HQ this past week, and is likely going to stick to playing basketball.

“I don’t know if taking on Facebook is going to be a good career move for me…I think I’m going to let them do that,” he said.


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