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Ben • Data Scientist
About the placement/internship
Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

In future I want to be a machine learning engineer. Two routes into that are to start as a software engineer or as a data scientist. I've gained lots of software engineering experience through my degree but no data science prior to this internship.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Department email

Application process

My application required detailed answers to a few short questions. This was followed by a non technical interview where I was asked about my experience using the technologies they were looking to implement.

What made you choose this organisation for your placement/internship?

They were working on something I found personally interesting and allowed me to learn and apply skills I want to use in my future career.

Main responsibilities

I was in charge of the NLU/NLP (natural language processing) chatbot project. This chatbot was designed to help users identify their personal goals.

Typical day

I worked from home for the full duration of the internship. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there would be a full team meeting at 9am where we would update the project manager on our progress. From there the hours were flexible and we would work on our projects. At the end of the day we would evaluate our progress against our goals and send the project manager notice of what we've achieved.

What did you enjoy about the placement/internship?

I really enjoyed working with machine learning related technology as I'm hoping I can use this experience to help me find a job in the AI field.

Challenging aspects

The internship was only 5 weeks long so I had to learn and apply lots of new technology at a particularly fast rate.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

I learned and received training on generative AI and how to use the Google Cloud suite of tools.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?

It's made me more confident about pursuing AI as a discipline and made me consider applying to data science as well as software engineering grad schemes.

As a result of your placement/internship, what are your next steps in planning what you want to do after graduation?

Before I graduate I want to apply to various grad schemes in software engineering and data science and then go from there.

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Form completed: 30 Aug 2023

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