Zoe Haskell, Ph.D. student in Statistics and Data Science, won two prestigious internships!
Zoe Haskell, Ph.D. student in Statistics and Data Science won two prestigious internships! One at Disney (Summer 2019) and the other at Zalando (summer 2020)! Zoe joined our Ph.D. program in the first cohort and is likely to be our first Ph.D. graduate. She is an excellent student, researcher and Teaching Assistant.
Her Disney internship was at Disney DTCI (Direct to Consumer and International) Data Platforms/Data Science Team in Seattle. This was a full-time, paid internship for ten weeks for which she successfully competed with graduate students from MIT, UCLA, Berkeley, and other top programs in the U.S.
Haskell’s responsibility was to propose a project, lead it and present it to Disney executives at the end of the internship. The project she proposed involved using some of her thesis work to process and categorize the emotional reactions of test audiences watching television pilots. The goal of this project was to provide a novel metric for audience segmentation, for the purpose of recommending new content to consumers. She also helped with several other projects the team was working on, including several Natural Language Processing (NLP) projects, and an auto-tagging project for the ESPN website.
Haskell has also been awarded the first-ever Zalando Ph.D. Fellowship Program in Berlin. Zalando is Europe’s largest online fashion retailer, with a record number of over 31 million active customers.
This is a full-time, paid internship for four months, working with one of Zalando’s many data science teams. Her job responsibilities include:
- Modeling demand and trend forecasting,
- Using Generative Adversarial Network modeling for e.g. garment design generation, or for displaying an item on different body types
- Employing deep learning for “shop the look” applications;
- Making Collaborative Filtering Recommendation for fashion items.
Congratulations, Zoe, on earning these exciting opportunities!