URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

Not all interns at URBN work directly with clothing or with only one brand.

Billy is a Business Analyst intern whose job is to pull and analyze data from URBN’s three main brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. We talked about working with large amounts of data, landing an internship without going through the normal application process, and the cute dogs running all over the Navy Yard.

URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

Could you describe your internship position and some of the day-to-day tasks that you perform on the job?

I’m a business analyst intern for Shared Services (all of the URBN brands) right now, which is a position that’s between developers and project leaders. Right now, I’m doing a lot of project-based work with cloud-based data, pulling public datasets and trying to correlate them with sales demographics and store traffic.

What was your first project like?

My first job was to create a report to find some kind of correlation between weather and sales, such as how long people are willing to travel to URBN stores when it’s raining versus when the weather is nice. I utilized the GSOD (Global Surface Summary of the Day), a publicly available dataset that’s maintained by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

What’s your favorite part about working at URBN?

I love the people-watching and the dogs.* It’s also really cool to look inside the databases of a big company.

* Me too, Billy. Me too.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to intern here?

Be yourself! Be true to your skill set — know what you do. URBN isn’t just looking for fashion interns; I was hired because of my previous programming experience.

Did you attend Intern Day, and were you nervous at all?

I didn’t, actually! I exchanged a lot of emails and phone calls with a tech recruiter, and eventually I learned that I got the job.

Do you believe that your personal websites, GitHub account, or other online profiles helped you land your current position?

Potentially! I’d like to think so.

URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

What’s something that someone visiting the Navy Yard should take advantage of?

Check out all the buildings, especially the ones with clothing samples (if you can). They’re so cool — and the cafeteria is amazing.

You’re from Philly. What has changed since you’ve left for college, and what are some of your favorite places to go in the city?

I feel like I understand the city a lot better. My grandparents were always trying to take me around when I was little, but I didn’t really get to know it very well. Some of my favorite places include the Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall, and running along the river.

URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

How would you describe your personal style?

Neutral and very boring. (Laughs) That’s the key. I wear a lot of sweaters and collared shirts; I’m not too big on T-shirts these days. As for bottoms and shoes, I’m really into jeans and lace-ups.

Is there any trend that you’re into right now?

Sweaters, sweatshirts, and pullovers.

How would you describe the outfit you’re wearing right now?

IT Guy++. You know, like a regular IT guy, but … <nerdy programming reference here> 

My interview with Billy is the second in a series of profiles I’ll be doing on URBN’s Summer Intern Class of 2017. I plan on posting one of these at least once a week until the end of the summer. View the list of intern interviews here.

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