The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative is excited to announce a new experiential learning opportunity for Penn students. The Analytics Accelerator Challenge will match selected students, working in teams, with companies to provide implementable solutions to their most pressing marketing and analytics problems.

WCAI is currently accepting applications from interested students through September 25th. Student finalists will then be notified and invited to vote on which of the company finalists they are most interested in. WCAI will ultimately assemble the student teams, match them with companies for mutual success, will provide faculty guidance, and project management for a month-long project.

The student application is now open, and both undergrads and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates must submit the following to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest (1 page)
  • Video (2 minutes)

In the statement of interest and video, please focus on why you should be considered, including your technical qualifications, experience working as part of a team, and examples of analytics projects you have completed.

Who is Eligible?

Ideal candidates will possess a combination of relevant skills ranging from technical capability to leadership experience. Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply.

Most importantly, you must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours/week for 4 weeks, and must be available on the following dates & times:

  • Friday, October 13th from 12-5pm – Initial meetings with WCAI
  • Monday, October 16th from 4-8pm – Project scoping calls with companies
  • Friday, November 17th from 9-5pm – Final presentations and Analytics Summit

Student project team members will be compensated for their time.

 

Important Dates for Student Applicants

September 25th
01

Student Applications Due

September 27th
02

Student Finalists Notified

October 11th
03

Winning Companies & Student Teams Announced

October 13th
04

Initial Meeting with WCAI

October 16th
05

Project Scoping Calls with Companies

Oct. 17th-Nov. 14th
06

Weekly Meetings with Companies

November 17th
07

Student Presentations & Analytics Summit

 

How to Apply

Use the form below to submit your application.

Questions? Email wcai-challenge@wharton.upenn.edu

Student Application Form

  • To apply, you must provide a valid UPenn email address.
  • Please limit to one page. Please highlight any relevant skills or work experience that supports your interest in this project.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • You may provide a short video (no more than 2 minutes long), introducing yourself. Tell us about a positive experience you have had working on a team OR tell us about an analytics project you have enjoyed working on. If YouTube, you can select “unlisted.” Do not worry about the quality. It should be quick and easy.
  • If your video link is hosted on Vimeo, please provide your password here and use the above field to provide the link.

 

Why WCAI?


The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative has provided thought leadership on the practice of data-driven business decisions to industry and academia since 2008. Through our broad network of top companies spanning a wide spectrum of sectors, WCAI has fostered opportunities for experiential learning and innovation in analytics for students and leading faculty.

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