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Bridget Rauch ’15 (Bear, Del.) discovered how well her two majors will help her in the professional world during a 12-week internship at Rolls-Royce North America in Reston, Va.

Bridget Rauch ’15 stands by a corporate aircraft powered with a Rolls-Royce engine

Bridget Rauch ’15 with a corporate aircraft powered by a Rolls-Royce engine

“On a daily basis, I would use a statistical concept, a problem-solving technique, or something else that I wouldn’t have without my math classes,” she says. “Then I would use my psychology experience to interpret the results, pull out the important facts about the data, and be able to organize the data’s ‘story’ in a productive way.”

“I chose my majors because I enjoy both fields,” she adds, “but this internship proved that there are ways to integrate both into a single job.”

Rauch’s work focused on market analysis, and she dealt with actual company data on meaningful projects. She also took part in the meetings of the company’s Civil Small and Medium Engine and customer management teams. At the end of the summer, she presented her work to senior executives at the company.

“All of my objectives were either directly related to or were part of my manager’s objectives for the year,” she says. “Since my manager was director of market analysis, this meant really interesting and important work.”

The internship was arranged by Steve Friedrich ’88, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Rolls-Royce North America.

Rauch now hopes to work in market analysis, market research, or business intelligence after she graduates.

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