Nicole Profit | UPenn | Melbourne

 Nicole and her cohort visiting the Great Ocean Road.

Nicole and her cohort visiting the Great Ocean Road.

Nicole, a junior in the Wharton School, is a data science intern for Northraine, a predictive analytics R&D and consulting firm in Melbourne, Australia. Her client projects this summer include: (1) researching different platforms for creating chatbots for Facebook Messenger and storing user interactions with the chatbot; and (2) working on a biotechnology project for which she codes functions that can efficiently detect and remove all of the extraneous features in the scans of pregnant women.

Name one of your biggest wins of the summer.

"My biggest win this summer has been successfully presenting the research I had been doing on chatbots to a client who was interested in using a chatbot for her company’s Facebook page."

Name one of the biggest challenges you’ve successfully overcome this summer.

"The biggest challenge that I’ve overcome this summer has been learning how to write simple functions in a new [software] programming language."

What is the most valuable lesson/ most valuable skill you’ve learned or strengthened during your internship?

"This internship has taught me how to write code in Javascript and Python, two languages I didn’t know at the beginning of the summer."

How has this experience helped you get closer to achieving your post-graduation/ career goals?

"This experience has helped me get closer to achieving my career goals by providing me with invaluable experience in technical analysis." 

What's the most fun/ coolest thing you've done with your cohort so far this summer?

"So far, our cohort has gone to the Eureka Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. The view of Melbourne from the top of the tower was truly amazing. We also went to see the Twelve Apostles, a beautiful collection of limestone stacks by the Great Ocean Road. Seeing a kangaroo hop across the road on our road trip to see the Twelve Apostles was one of the coolest moments on the trip."

Upon graduation, Nicole hopes to work in business analytics role.


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