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DECISIVE ANALYTICS Welcomes a New Class of Big Data Analytics Interns

June 10, 2016

 

ARLINGTON, VA, June 10, 2016 – Today DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (DAC) welcomed seven new summer interns to develop state-of-the art Big Data Analytics capabilities in text, imagery, video, and audio processing. DAC’s unique internship opportunity provides the opportunity to participate as part of an integrated team through the full software development life-cycle, deploying software for real-time military, intelligence, and commercial applications.

“The bar is set high for our interns and each year we have been impressed with how they meet or even exceed expectations. Like any other employee they produce results that are client facing and have even resulted in patentable technologies.” says Dr. James Nolan, Vice President of Analytical Technologies.

Each software engineering intern works on separate projects before presenting their findings to the company at the end of the summer. The projects include automatically identifying objects from imagery and video, developing new language processing capabilities, and analyzing social media.

“While only a few days into this internship, I was capable to learn not only what machine learning is, but how it could be applied to solve several problems encountered by modern society,” said intern Alexis Vivar.

Many previous DECISIVE ANALYTICS interns have returned to the company whether as second-year interns or even full-time employees. Currently, DAC boasts 5 full-time employee-owners who began as interns. Andrew Runge was brought on after his graduation as an employee-owner to extend the work on his summer project, which created a component in Java that identifies connections between people or groups that may not seem connected at first glance.

“During my internship, I learned the value of experimentation and walked away from the experience with the tools to prepare for the transition from school to career,” he explained.

Meghana Valluri, a student from Carnegie Mellon University, returned this summer for her second year as an Analytical Technologies intern. “I really appreciated how we’re given meaningful and interesting work,” said Valluri. “It’s really no less significant or important than what any of the full-time employees do, it’s just on a smaller scale so that we can accomplish something in the short time that we’re here.”

This year’s class come from various colleges including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While most are recruited through college job fairs, many decided to join the internship program after speaking with former interns at DECISIVE ANALYTICS.

“I jumped at the chance to dive into real-world Machine Learning,” said Matthew Kroen, echoing a sentiment made by most of this year’s intern class. “I also looked at reviews around the internet… and I saw nothing but glowing reviews. That’s a bit unusual, so I thought I had best come see for myself.”

“We have extremely hard-working, caring, and thoughtful people here. We support each other fully and strongly believe in the success of the company,” said Dana Ho, former intern who has been at DAC for 15 years and now serves as Director of Contracts at DECISIVE ANALYTICS.

For more information on DAC’s summer intern program please contact Lead Recruiter Jessica Vermiere, Jessica.vermeire@dac.us, 703-414-5007.



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