What did you enjoy about the internship?
Being able to work with actual data – not just pre-prepared data like at university. This is actual data and your insights lead to real outcomes. I also really enjoyed the team environment.
What kind of challenges did you face as part of the internship?
It was challenging to be with working with big data, using new tools and adjusting to a new environment. At first I found it hard to understand what was being asked of me but my manager was really supportive and I was encouraged to ask lots of questions.
Has the internship affected your career plans? If so, how?
It has given me perspective for my postgrad studies and future work. I have context for the data I’m using and the things I’m learning.
Would you recommend other students undertake the internship? If so, why?
Absolutely. Not only is it a ‘foot in the door’ but it’s also going to improve the quality of your work and help you grow by being put in situations where you have to constantly adapt and use your knowledge. It’s really a cool feeling working with real data as you can see how it’s going to affect Kiwis down the line.