At The Fabric, we are lucky to have an impressive group of interns every summer. Through a series of posts, we’ll introduce some of them to give you an overview of what it is like to be an intern at The Fabric, a pre-Series A fund and co-creation studio focused on cloud and IoT infrastructure. 

Jackie Otala is going into her third year at Clarkson University as a senior in Engineering and Management. Once she graduates, she plans to get her MBA at Clarkson. She was born and raised in Sunnyvale, CA and has a passion for talking and creating. Ever since her introduction to engineering at Fremont High School, she has wanted to pursue problem-solving. After participating in engineering and business competitions, it became clear that she had to pursue both! At Clarkson, her curriculum is half engineering and half business so she is able to integrate her technical and social skills together on a daily basis.

At The Fabric, Jackie is our marketing intern. Her main summer project is to analyze the relationship between The Fabric and our 10 co-created companies and research the potential of co-branding. This project involves lots of research, interviews, and creativity! Furthermore, she is helping prepare for The Fabric’s Annual Summit this October.  She is learning quite a bit and looks forward to the rest of the summer. At the end of the summer, she will be compiling all of her research and knowledge into a comprehensive playbook, detailing the necessary marketing aspects for every stage of a startup: from stealth-mode to series-A funding.

In her spare time, she is helping redesign her grandfather’s website regarding his theory about quantum mechanics. Additionally, she is taking summer classes in thermodynamics and corporate finance management to get ahead in her curriculum.

In the future, she can see herself going into technical marketing or technical sales. She really wants to incorporate her business and technical background in her career. In the far future, Jackie is considering starting her own business regarding the implementation of renewable energy into everyday life.

Her advice to future The Fabric interns: Don’t wait to be told what to do. Work actively rather than reactively. Also, take advantage of the Lunch & Learn! The people at The Fabric are experts in their respective fields and don’t be afraid to ask more questions.