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Nick Tikhonov

nicktikhonov

  • Education Intern
  • University of St Andrews, Scotland 🇬🇧
  • Computer Science
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Favorite Project

Interning on the Education team, the nature of my work was exciting and fast paced. During my internship I wrote a technical blog post, attended a conference where I helped launch the Campus Experts program, and organized a student hackathon at GitHub HQ. My favorite project, however, was building an open-source desktop extension for GitHub Classroom, which allows teachers to manage coursework submitted by their students on the Classroom website. This project gave me a unique opportunity to design and develop an open-source, user-facing application from scratch, all while learning to use cutting edge tools like React and Electron.

Biggest Takeaway

I can't believe how much I learned this summer. Although I spent the majority of my time building Classroom Desktop, I was free to work on other projects that benefited my team. These projects gave me a chance to develop useful skills such as technical writing, event management and communication, helping me become a more well-rounded developer.

Favorite Internship Memory

My favorite memory was during the launch event for the Campus Experts program, at HackCon in Colorado. I will never forget the reaction of the 300 student attendees when they were told in a surprise announcement that they were all getting a free GitHub backpack with other #swag inside to take home.