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Big Data Internship

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Are you pursuing a degree in the broad world of information technology? Do you have the intellect, experience and curiosity for a fast-track internship with an industry leader? Our Information Systems and Service (IS&S) Big Data Internship might be the perfect summer stop for you to get hands-on experience in a leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) company. You'll join the IS&S department at our Purina World Headquarters in St. Louis, MO for the opportunity to partner on data related projects from various departments within our business, such as Data Scientists, Strategic Analytics, stakeholders, and various other business functions.

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You're expected to be a key contributor to the work that we do, but you're not expected to go at it alone. Coaching and performance feedback are critical to your overall success and development. Between your intern supervisor and the broader team, you'll be provided rich, constructive guidance regarding your performance and mastery of the newest and latest technologies such as Hadoop, SAP HANA and R, among other technologies. With initiatives rooted in so many of our key business decisions, we'll empower you to network and engage directly at all levels across the organization.

We're a global organization known widely as a ‘Best Place to Work'. Our culture continuously challenges us to Stand Taller and ask "What's Next?" Are you up to the dare?

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Available Internships

Program Details

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with our Data Scientist to execute data manipulation into various platforms such as Hadoop and SAP HANA
  • Collaborate and provide quality communication to and from the various business functions in order to execute new ways to manipulate data
  • Design, construct, deploy, test, and support storage of unstructured data in Hadoop
  • Conduct data analysis of internal and external data sources
  • Communicate in a timely manner all issues, risks, concerns, and status to management
  • Ensure on-going compliance to security mandates by reassessing controls on a periodic basis
  • Prepare and facilitate project status reviews with management
  • Be willing to accept additional challenging assignments in other areas of the team

Basic Qualifications (minimum)

  • Full time undergraduate of junior status or graduate student majoring in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field.
  • Graduating between fall 2017 and spring 2018
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Able to work in St. Louis, MO at least 10 consecutive weeks between the end of May and August 2017

Previous use of Hadoop, SAP HANA, R, Python, and/or Java experience within an internship or in the classroom is preferred.

Note: This position does not provide sponsorship for employment status (e.g. H-1B visa status). You must have the legal right to work in the United States.

Career Path

Technical Career Path:

  • Analyst/Programmer
  • Senior Analyst/Programmer
  • Lead Analyst/Programmer
  • Consultant
  • Senior Consultant
  • Lead Consultant
  • Principal Consultant

Managerial Career Path:

  • Instead of becoming Senior or Lead Consultant (case-dependent, but lead more likely) -> Team Lead THEN
  • Manager
  • Director
  • Group Director
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Additional Notes:

  • Easy to go into other organizations, particularly global opportunities within the big Data space or other organizations
  • Other business functions using this technology as well: CDG/sales
  • Could also see opportunities with marketing helping them with technical pieces


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