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Ryan Wilson

Major: Economics
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship with FanCompass in San Rafael, CA was a truly invaluable experience that will hopefully propel my career. I was able to work with a small tech consulting firm whose clients consist of some of the largest sports franchises in the world. Our office was located just 10 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and this was my first time being in San Francisco. During my time with FanCompass, I learned computer programming languages, attended conferences with executives and increased my caffeine consumption significantly.

I was able to work with a small tech consulting firm whose clients consist of some of the largest sports franchises in the world

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I was able to gain invaluable technical skills in both web development and statistical analysis. I used google analytics and the back end of our own native platform every day which gave me hands on experience with day to day maintenance for a small tech company.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I now view tech/small business consulting as a field that I am passionate about & want to join. This gave me exposure to a very niche market and the array of problems a tech consulting firm can solve. I saw the processes that tech companies utilize on a day to day basis. Additionally, the culture of the workplace in the Bay Area was much different than that I was used to.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. Stepping out of your comfort zone and going across the country was incredible. I feel that there is a connotation that tech and innovation is reserved only for programmers or geniuses or people in California. This really opened the doors for me to see that the sky is the limit and disruptive companies can come from every day hard working people in any industry.

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