My Internship at SkyDeck
Over the summer, I have been doing an internship at UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, and it has been an amazing experience. Being my first internship, I did not know what to expect out of it, but I have learned many things from it that will be useful for me throughout my life. One of the most surprising things to me about SkyDeck was the amount of freedom the teams are allowed here. When picturing an office, normally one would think of sitting in a cubicle in front of a monitor from 9 to 5, sluggishly making it through the day. SkyDeck however, is the complete opposite: teams can come in and leave whenever they choose, and the entire floor is an open area, allowing teams to collaborate and encouraging interaction.
One of the other surprising things about SkyDeck was how it was able to be dynamic, as well as organized and scheduled all at the same time. As every team is unique in their own startup, there are many different things all going on at the same time. There can be some teams having phone conversations, while another team is working together to solve a problem, and another team is testing their physical product around the office. With all of the chaos spread throughout the floor, SkyDeck still manages to maintain order during events such as SkyHack, where a certain team talks about their startup and the other teams listen and suggest solutions.
The teams themselves have also been very helpful, not only to their colleagues but to me as well. They have been able to provide me with resources to further my ambitions, as well as offering me advice from people inside the field, advice I would not be able to find online or in any book. Altogether, SkyDeck has been very exciting for me and I wish for all of the teams to find success in their startups, and I have confidence that SkyDeck will be able to provide that.
by Alec Goedinghaus, former SkyIntern and rising HS junior