Our MA in Statistics graduates pursue diverse internships and professional roles in a number of industries. Alumni serve many valuable roles and provide mentoring, internships, and career opportunities to students. Every year members of our alumni network engage with students and participate in our seminars, webinars, and networking events.
Current title: Data Scientist at Audible, an Amazon company
Career highlights: Jiun is currently a data scientist at Audible. With a vast amount of data, my days are filled with designing, developing, and evaluating predictive models for interesting research topics. Previously she worked as a statistical consultant at the United Nations. There, she developed statistical/econometrics models, of which are published, to predict uncertainties such as disaster risk and unemployment rates, and understand the statistical inferences of these impacts on human behavior and socioeconomic segmentation. She also worked for a financial firm in London and government offices in Korea.
“Statistics M.A. program at Columbia equipped me with not only statistical knowledge and programming skills but also strategic and critical thinking. Most importantly, friendship and social network with brilliant and inspiring minds.”
Current title: Vice President, JP Morgan
- Promoted to Manager at Fox Cable Networks and most recently to Vice President at J.P. Morgan
- Developed statistical models and a modeling codebase for Asset & Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan
- Developed statistical models for MEC (a GroupM company), and presented analyses to clients
“The M.A. in Statistics program at Columbia challenged me intellectually and provided me with the core skills necessary to obtain, and succeed at, my current and previous jobs in statistical modeling.”
Current title: EVP Head of Marketing Science BBDO New York
Sharona Sankar-King joined BBDO New York in September 2016 in the newly created role of EVP, Head of Marketing Science with the goal to deepen and expand BBDO New York’s data and analytic capabilities. Sharona brings more than 20 years’ experience to her new role. Those experiences include working with clients and products in telecommunications, retail, travel, financial services, healthcare, pharma, automotive, packaged goods, eCommerce, energy, technology and more. She was most recently Managing Partner, North America Practice Lead of Digital & Advanced Analytics, at MEC where her extensive experience in developing and productizing strategic analytic solutions for top tier clients allowed her to develop MEC’s digital attribution platform.
Prior to working at MEC, Sharona served as VP, Strategy and Analytics, at Rapp Collins Worldwide and Group Director of Digital Analytics at Experian. Sharona earned her Masters of Applied Statistics from Columbia University and considers herself as much of a Marketing Strategist as a Statistician/Data Scientist.
“The M.A. program at Columbia prepared me for the real application of advanced analytics, which gave me the foundation for my career.”