In this “Internship Experience” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they return from summer internships.
Name: Tianxing Hu
Graduation Year: May 2020
Major: MS in Marketing
Intern Company/Title: Ecredigital.com – Data Analyst Intern
Describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
I worked as a data analyst for a bank. My responsibilities included creating a model of evaluation for customer applications for a special credit card. My work mainly focused on sorting various types of customers’ information and cash flow. I was also responsible for a part of the organization’s relationship among different documents and finding connecting key fields. My daily work allowed me to use Python, Excel and SQL to extract and analyze the data that was provided by the customers. Then I would use Xmind to create the mind map to summarize the relationship between the data sheets and keys. My work helped the bank to build an evaluation system to evaluate credit card customers and help make decisions whether or not to give them a credit card.
How did you land your internship?
I landed my internship by networking and speaking to people who I was introduced to.
What did you learn from your internship experience?
The most important thing I learned from my internship was programming language, specifically Python and SQL. Although I just learned basic information, I can at least read what they write and know the processes of financial data analysis.
Has your experience changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
My experience didn’t change my plan, but it gave me more choices for when I choose my future job.
How will your internship experience help you after graduation?
My new skills will allow me to fit into some marketing jobs that require advanced data analysis ability.
How has the Whitman School prepared you for your internship?
The courses related to data analysis were really helpful when I was facing great amounts of data. I could quickly judge which variables will affect the result that we will calculate. And some Excel skills I have learned in my program helped me save time when I handled data in Excel.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
What I enjoyed most during the internship was learning some things that I didn’t in my classes. I can use the knowledge that I have gained in my classes and apply it to real projects.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship?
In internships, we can broaden our minds that we can try to do something different from what we learned in the class. I never learned anything about Python and SQL, but I still challenged myself in this position and I learned a lot when I was in a new environment.