Accenture and TDAI launch innovative internship program

Building on a more than 20-year history of successful partnership, The Ohio State University and Accenture announced a new internship program with OSU’s Translational Data Analytics Institute to provide students hands-on, real-world experiences in the field of data and analytics.

“I am grateful for Accenture’s investment in our students and the extraordinary potential to work with this company to improve lives and make the world a better place,” said Michael V. Drake, president of The Ohio State University. “The academic and professional opportunities this partnership creates will benefit them, their future employers and the many communities they call home.”

TDAI is designed to address complex global problems by providing the space and tools for faculty, students, and industry and community partners to come together to create innovative solutions using data science and analytics. Accenture will work with TDAI as a foundational corporate partner, providing business expertise and generating research ideas while helping students build analytical skills and explore careers in data science.

“We will provide Ohio State students an immersive professional experience and enable them to apply data and analytics to solve real-world challenges,” said Josh Sandstrom, managing director in Accenture’s higher education and public sector practice. “Internships are an increasingly valuable pathway to a career in data and analytics, and we are excited to work with Ohio State students who share our passion for improving how the world works and lives.”

“Given the nature of Accenture’s business, our partnership will afford students an unparalleled opportunity to explore real-world data analytics challenges in a variety of application areas from public health to transportation to agriculture, among others,” said Cathie Smith, Managing Director of TDAI. “Accenture’s partnership with TDAI is well-aligned with our institute’s vision to be a hub of data science and analytics research, innovation, education and workforce development here in central Ohio.”

Prior to the initiative with TDAI, Accenture has supported a wide array of initiatives at Ohio State, including the Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering in the company’s annual  Innovation Challenge and sponsoring HackOHI/O and the Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club.

This new initiative comes amid Time and Change: The Ohio State Campaign, the most ambitious, inclusive community-building and fundraising endeavor in the university’s 150 years of making history. The campaign, which launched publicly in October 2019, strives to engage one million supporters, an unprecedented level in higher education. Time and Change has a financial goal of $4.5 billion – also the largest in Ohio State’s history – with three core areas of focus: student success; discovery; and healthy, vibrant communities.

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