Emerging Technology Intern

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Software & Web Development
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Role Summary/Purpose:
The Synchrony Emerging Technology Center located at UIUC’s Research Park focuses on advancing our internal capabilities in artificial intelligence, data science, and other emerging technology domains to create long-term value for our customers. The interns in the program will work closely with our Innovation Station and SMEs to deliver projects for our business stakeholders. Projects can range across multiple disciplines such as basic market and technology research, big data analytics, proof-of-concept creation, data visualization, and software development.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking with excellent judgment and initiative
  • Self-motivator with great attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products
  • Proven analytical skills
  • Naturally curious and ability to learn quickly
  • Demonstrated excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Engaging personality with ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Familiarity with Agile project management methods and practices
Desired Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with Hortonworks Hadoop 2.4.x distribution and traditional BI Solution Architecture encompassing ETL, CEP, DW, BI Reporting (preferably in a Unix/Linux, Oracle environment) is a plus
  • Experience with Pig, Sqoop, MapReduce, Kafka, Spark, Java, or HBase is a plus
  • Demonstrable experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed ledger technology, connected devices, or cyber security frameworks is a plus
Internship Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be registered as a full-time student at the University of Illinois
  • Must be able to commute to the work location
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship
  • Must be willing to commit 10 - 20 hours/week during the academic semester
Employment Eligibility Requirements:
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • You must be willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation and submit fingerprints as part of the selection process
  • You must be able to satisfy the requirements of Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.
  • If currently a Synchrony Financial Employee, you must have been in your current position for at least 6 months (Level 4 – 7) or 24 months (level 8 or greater), have at least a "consistently meets expectations" performance rating and have the approval of your manager to post (or the approval of your manager and HR to apply if you don't meet the time-in-job or performance requirement
Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required.  We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. 
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Grade/Level: 07
Job Family Group: Information Technology