Since its launch in 2017, National Intern Day has been celebrated annually on the last Thursday of July to recognize all the interns who make up a crucial part of the workforce. As a high-growth, global business, Dataminr continues to focus not only on recruiting qualified, diverse early-career talent, but also ensuring our interns receive the best experience for their career development.
After having been at Dataminr for two months, I can say that I work in an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, and innovation. One of the company’s core values is "own it," which means taking initiative, ownership and being accountable. I’ve definitely learned to “own it” as I’ve been given the opportunity to take on a wide range of projects and am encouraged—and have the freedom—to take on new challenges.
Every piece of content I create or pitch is done so with confidence. The support and trust of my colleagues allows me to be my authentic self, while growing both personally and professionally.
Joining a company virtually during a pandemic might be tough for some, but I have felt nothing but welcomed by all the Dataminr family. The leaders I speak to are willing to discuss their work, explain how they collaborate with my Brand & Communications team, and introduce me to other teams or employee resource groups (ERGs) that can enhance my Dataminr experience.
From the fascinating and important work in AI to the company’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), read on to see what other interns in my cohort, across multiple departments, have to say about their experience at Dataminr.
What brought you to Dataminr?
Jason Hu (He/Him), Product Management Intern
In school, I felt compelled to be a societal engineer, one that helps change the world for the better. Dataminr is an example of a tech company that has a mission of using its real-time data innovations for good and I wanted to be a part of that.
How would you describe Dataminr’s culture and work environment?
Corey Baker (They/Them), Product Management Intern
Dataminr is a very collaborative and caring environment. My teammates are super busy—but I’ve never had anyone turn down a request to meet or not take the time to answer a question of mine. I love that everyone comes from incredibly diverse backgrounds and are willing to work really hard together for the success of a project.
How does Dataminr support the idea of “AI for good” from your perspective?
Anton Abilov (He/Him), Research Science Intern
Through its investments in research and development for building tools that aid humanitarian and emergency response organizations, I believe that Dataminr is a key player in understanding how AI can be used for social good and ensuring that AI is applied to solve our most pressing issues.
What do you enjoy most about your internship?
Hannah Mieczkowski (She/Her), Human Computer Interaction Research Intern
I believe internships are an excellent opportunity to learn about new research methods and research areas, so I’m really happy that I get to investigate knowledge graphs—a topic that’s new to me—and hone my qualitative skills as most of my academic work is based on surveys and/or experiments. I also really enjoy learning about different stakeholder perspectives and trying to find solutions that best support everyone’s goals.
How does this internship relate to your current major and coursework?
Pranav Maneriker (He/Him), AI Research Intern
I’m a PhD student studying natural language processing (NLP), structuring data modeling and graphs. One of my reasons for choosing an internship with Dataminr is the close alignment between my research areas and the research at Dataminr. My mentors helped me pick a project that aligns well with both. While my past work in NLP and graphs—especially with modeling noisy text—has helped me have a solid foundation for approaching the project, I have also been able to explore some exciting new directions in my work.
Lizeth Anaya-Ojeda is a Marketing Communications Intern at Dataminr. She’s a rising senior at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, where she studies technical communication with a concentration in computer science. Lizeth enjoys traveling, kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, and learning new programming languages.