Name: Alex Sydell
School: UC Berkeley
Internship Focus: Search Quality Evaluation Tools
Hobbies: Creating websites and iPhone applications; Rock Climbing; Movies and Volleyball
Q: Hi Alex, thank you for joining us today. Could you briefly explain your summer internship project with Google this summer?
A: Sure. My team creates and maintains tools that are used to evaluate the quality of Google's search results. I worked on a new web-based user interface (UI) that automates part of the evaluation process. My project allows engineers to more intuitively configure some of our tools and quickly get the new configurations into our codebase.
Q: What would you say is for your favorite part of working here at Google?
A: Being surrounded by Googlers! I have never been in a place with so many smart, talented, friendly, and open people. Everyone is easy to approach with a question, whether just asking for directions or having a detailed discussion about a project. And someone always offers a helping hand. It is incredibly easy to make friends at Google because there is a very little sense of superiority and no reservations between Googlers. The atmosphere at Google is second to none.
Q: Could you describe a moment during your summer that will be difficult for you to forget?