Aakriti Khanal on the Value of a Global and Diverse Work Environment
As the world transitions to a new normal, Nasdaq’s annual internship program is too. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have turned circumstance into a learning opportunity for interns joining us this year to participate in meaningful and long-term projects.
In the Nasdaq Futures Internship Program, we offer a variety of professional experiences for emerging talent through an immersive 10 to 12-week virtual internship program. From Stockholm to the U.S., meet a few of the bright minds joining us digitally from all around the world. They are playing integral, hands-on roles to help Nasdaq #RewriteTomorrow. Today, we speak with Aakriti Khanal, Market Index Services Intern at Nasdaq.
Tell us a bit about your position and background.
I am currently a rising senior at the University of Maryland pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Science. I am working as a Market Index Services Intern for the Index Portfolio Management (IPM) team based in Rockville, Md. I am really looking forward to working with the IPM team to create automated dashboards for Nasdaq’s indexes this summer!
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on thus far, or one that you’re looking forward to?
My favorite project thus far has to be the one that I am currently working on at Nasdaq. My team is working on creating and organizing dashboards for Nasdaq’s Indexes and turning it into an automated process to be able to get information about the different indexes quickly and efficiently. I will be analyzing the indexes as well as creating data visualizations to further showcase the results of my analysis.
What about Nasdaq has stood out to you most, now that you are a part of the global team?
I truly appreciate the inclusive nature of Nasdaq. Being a global company, Nasdaq puts a lot of emphasis on inclusivity and connectivity with team members all over the world. Regardless of the time differences of employees living in different parts of the world, Nasdaq’s team members are always willing to clock in beyond their traditional work hours to connect with other members. I truly value the importance this company and its employees put into welcoming diversity and inclusivity to members from all over the world!
How is this internship supporting your goals long-term?
This internship directly correlates with the type of work that I want to do in the future. I love working with large sets of data and analyzing them to get results that can potentially make a huge difference to a lot of people and companies. Data has a lot of power and knowledge, and working with them this summer will definitely provide me with a lot of knowledge to help me reach my long-term goal of becoming a Data Scientist.
What is your goal as a #NasdaqFam intern?
My main goal this summer as a #NasdaqFam intern is to learn as much as possible and to also gain experience working in the real world with employees from all over the world. I want to gain a lot of knowledge on what a day to day work of a data analyst is like and learn the tools that are important to master in order to become a successful analyst.
What advice would you give to future Nasdaq interns?
To the future interns, I would advise them to always be ready to take the initiative. Speak up, ask questions, connect with your team members, connect with other team members, and overall just make your presence known in the company. Make your short-term internship worthwhile by showing up and standing out! The internship is what you make of it; you can make it as exciting and challenging as you want to, or you can sit back and watch others go for it. I think I definitely like the first option more!
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