Startup Plus Grad Student Internship Proves to be a Winning Combination

Combine young companies led by bright entrepreneurs with talented graduate students eager to use their skills and something good is bound to happen.

A case in point is data.world, an Austin, Texas-based startup dedicated to making data (such as U.S. Census data) more accessible and usable; and Jonathan Ortiz, a graduate student in the data analytics program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ortiz and data.world came together through DataStart, a South Big Data Hub program that provides funding to startups to support summer interns. The program gives the startups technical talent to work on important data-related problems and offers promising graduate students the change to work on real industry problems and explore the job market. All summer, Ortiz has worked with data.world to develop a more intuitive and usable data set for the Census’ American Community Survey, the premier source of information about the changing demographics of the U.S.

It’s been a fruitful relationship for both Ortiz and his host company—so much so that it recently received some media attention. Read more about how Ortiz has been working with data.world in this article in GCN.

Ortiz is one of six graduate students in the southern U.S. who will be winding up a DataStart internship in the next few weeks. We look forward to hearing more success stories on Sept. 27, when the six interns and representatives of the startups they worked with gather in Durham, NC to formally wrap up the first year of the program.

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