Wharton Analytics Fellows

The Wharton Analytics Fellows program unites Wharton undergraduates, MBAs, graduate students, and faculty members in the pursuit of a common goal: tackling our clients’ most complex challenges using the power of analytics.

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Wharton Analytics Fellows

Wharton Analytics Fellows is a highly selective fellowship program that allows motivated Wharton undergraduates, MBAs, and graduate students to put their analytics skills to the test in the real world. Fellows consult for our clients on their toughest data science problems, building them predictive models and presenting their findings to senior leadership. Our clients put these models into practice, giving students the opportunity to see their work have a real impact. For more information, contact whartonanalyticsfellows@wharton.upenn.edu.

Spring 2022 – Important Dates

Students must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours/week for 8 weeks, and be available on the following dates and times:

JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 4

Student Application Open

FEBRUARY 28

Project Launch Meetings

APRIL 22

Analytics Accelerator Summit

Spring 2022 Projects

Overview: Firstrust Bank, founded in 1934, with current assets of $4.5 billion, is the region’s largest family-owned financial institution, one of the region’s largest and strongest full-service commercial banks, and one of the most consistently top-performing banks in the Nation.

Project: Finding new account opportunities and clustering prospective customers.

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Overview: FOX Entertainment is a premier national television broadcaster renowned for its combination of appealing primetime entertainment and powerful sports programming.

Project: Analysis of NFTs related to an upcoming FOX project.

Overview: At IKEA, the vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment.

Project: Measuring customer willingness to pay for certain products in target markets.

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Overview: McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 39,000 locations in over 100 countries.

Project: Analyzing and improving their new loyalty plan.

PFF

Overview: Founded in 2007, Pro Football Focus is a leading provider of player data and analytics solutions to many of the world’s highest performing sports teams, largest broadcast networks, and thousands of digital consumers.

Featured Partners

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Read About Past Projects

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Keeping Viewers Glued to Their Seats at the 2021 Analytics Accelerator

An MBA and undergraduate student team analyzed data from FOX Entertainment to help inform data-driven promotion strategies for marketing their TV shows.
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Students Offer Sweet Solutions to Data Problems at the Analytics Accelerator

How strong is the halo effect when it comes to selling candy and gum? This was among the many questions students set out to answer during the third annual Wharton Analytics Accelerator, presented by Wharton Customer Analytics (WCA).
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How a Penn/Wharton Student Team Is Helping the Barnes Foundation Reach Bigger Audiences

When the Barnes Foundation had questions about its attendance data, a team of Penn students answered through the Wharton Analytics Accelerator.
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Benefits

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Apply classroom knowledge in a real-world context

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Consult for some of the world’s biggest companies on extremely interesting projects

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Join a community of some of the best data scientists at the University and improve your skills

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Access exclusive recruiting opportunities with top firms in a variety of industries

Role Requirements

Business Lead
Business Leads are responsible for leading and managing the project team, coordinating with clients, and managing the finer details of the engagement. They are usually MBAs or upperclassmen and often have extensive work and leadership experience in business and consulting.

Technical Lead
Technical Leads are data science experts with high-level programming skills who are responsible for the technical aspects of the projects. They build the most complex models and mentor analysts throughout the project. Technical Leads are usually PhD or MSE students with extensive industry experience.

Senior Analyst
Senior Analysts are top undergraduates with advanced skills in programming, statistics, and modeling. They usually have high-level coursework in the CIS and STAT departments under their belt in addition to significant internship and project experience.

Junior Analyst
Junior Analysts typically have intermediate data science skills at roughly the level of STAT 102, STAT 477, and/or WUDAC’s Analytics 101 and 201 courses. They are notable for their willingness to learn and work hard, and many of them progress into leadership roles within WAF in later semesters.

Analytics Accelerator

Hosted by Wharton Customer Analytics, the Analytics Accelerator gives selected students the opportunity to work directly with leading companies to solve actual business challenges using the latest advances in machine learning and AI. To learn more about the projects, visit WCA’s website.

Who is Eligible
Penn and Wharton undergraduate, MBAs, and graduate students who show a demonstrated interest in analytics and possess relevant skills ranging from project management, to client relations, to technical expertise. Technical skills are not required but are a plus.

How to Apply
Applications opens on January 12.

Selected Projects

Barnes Foundation

We provided the Barnes with a model for predictive analysis, incorporating pricing, revenue projection, visitation and attendance behavior, products, and promotional offers.

Moelis

We designed a Bayesian Graphical Model to understand an activist investor’s success and predict the result of proxy campaigns.

San Francisco Giants

We developed a predictive engine to improve ticket sales forecasting by more than 30%.

EA Games

We drive player engagement and retention by predicting online behaviors and using customer-level data.

L’Oreal

We identified drivers of employee attrition and provided recommendations to improve corporate diversity.

SEC

We leveraged performance data to unlock career path insights and kickstart the SEC’s People Analytics practice.

Get Your Company Involved

Interested in working with our data science teams? Reach out to our Wharton partners to inquire about partnering with us.

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Customer Analytics

Helping companies understand how to better monetize the individual-level customer data through the development and application of new predictive models.

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People Analytics

Advancing the practice of people analytics and evidence-based management to help individuals and organizations
thrive.

Sports Analytics and Business Initiative

Applying data-driven decision-making to find new understanding of the evolving sports business industry.

Wharton Analytics Fellows Board

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Ashley Clarke, W'23

My name is Ashley Clarke, and I am a junior at Wharton concentrating in Finance and Business Analytics. I joined Wharton Analytics Fellows during my first semester at Penn. Before college, I had minimal data analytics knowledge. Now, I have had the opportunity to work on three Wharton Analytics Accelerators. These projects taught me how to identify key customer segments using k-means clustering, conduct sentiment analysis on text data, predict a customer’s lifetime value, and countless other skills. Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative and Wharton Analytics Fellows did a great job simplifying and explaining complex data science topics. Currently, I am interested in integrating data science with finance, and I am spending my summer working in investment banking. In my future career, I hope to combine business and data science to solve real-world problems. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, watch reality tv, try new restaurants, run by the river, and bake. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me!

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Paul de La Borde, W'23

I’m Paul, and I’m a junior studying Business Analytics at Wharton. I’ve been with WAF since the fall of my freshman year, and it’s been a great experience that helped me develop my passion for data science. Through WAF, I’ve worked with clients such as Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation and Lidl USA. I’m interested in the application of data science to any field, and I spent my sophomore summer interning in equity research. Outside of class, I enjoy rock climbing, reading, and cooking. I hope to see you in a WAF project soon!

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Hassan Hammoud, W'23

Hassan Hammoud is a junior studying Finance and Statistics at the Wharton School and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Data Science from the School of Engineering. I was first drawn into the world of analytics as a freshman when I joined the Wharton Analytics Fellows. Since then, I’ve been able to work on amazing projects, from predicting user purchasing behavior using k-NN to estimating customer CLV and longevity. Right now, I’m interested in exploring how to apply my data science skills in the world of finance, and I’ll be spending next summer on a trading floor in pursuit of that goal. In my free time, I love reading, watching anime, skating and hanging with friends, and playing pretty much any sport. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the program!

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Aryan Nagariya, W'24

Hello! I’m Aryan and I’m studying Computer Science from SEAS and Statistics at Wharton. I finished my high school in California and I play soccer and tennis. Apart from WAF, I’m the VP of Education for Wharton Undergraduate Data Analytics Club and I enjoy teaching. In the past, I was a TA for CIS 160 and Graduate MCIT 592 course and currently TA for STAT 776. This is my second semester as a WAF analyst  — my first project was with the Master Kong Team in Fall 2021. I look forward to working with you all!

Contact Aryan at nagariya@seas.upenn.edu

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Joanna Yang, W'24

Hi! I’m Joanna Yang, a sophomore in Wharton studying Finance and Statistics, and minoring in Computer Science. I’m originally from San Jose, CA, where I spent a lot of my time in volleyball and biostatistics research. On campus, I’m also a PL for MUSE Consulting and am beginning intramural volleyball this year! In WAF, I’ve been apart of three projects so far– RBI, Fox Entertainment, and most recently Master Kong in the fall. I’m so excited to meet you all and work with you.

Contact Joanna at  joannay@wharton.upenn.edu