Not all interns get assigned projects that can impact an entire company, especially if that company is one of the world’s oldest and most respected in the field of technology. But that’s exactly the kind of project University of Dallas senior Michael Dinh was assigned as a summer Business Data Analyst Intern for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. “HPE didn’t have an accurate picture of their employees, so I worked with a team that developed a way to see what the workforce looks like around the world,” he said.
Dinh’s supervisor tasked him with taking employee information, including demographic and skills-related data, from twenty different work streams consisting of 44,000 employees across 110 countries to create a platform which could provide HPE management with a footprint of the workforce in every country. “I knew my work was important because executives would be using this information to make decisions about each business division,” he said.
Dinh found the internship on the HPE website and applied online. He said the most valuable part of the experience was learning how successful managers think. “I learned that they have to cut out the extraneous details,” he said. “And that they solve problems by putting the bigger picture into perspective.”
Although Dinh was surprised that he didn’t have a great deal of oversight from his managers during his project, he said that the experience taught him to take initiative instead of always waiting for explicit instructions. For example, he realized that working globally meant taking middle-of-the night calls from business groups in other time zones. “I knew that if I didn’t get the information I needed, I couldn’t be effective the next day,” he said.
Before the HPE internship, Dinh had been interested in a career as an actuary. But his summer experience pointed him in the direction of data analytics. “I love the tech world and the quantitative way of looking at things through the lens of technology.”
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