Professional Development

How to succeed in this course

If you want to be a successful student, we encourage you to:

  • STAT 19000/29000/39000/59800 Data Mine Corporate Partners is a 3-credit hour course. It is generally recommended that you spend 3 hours per week per credit hour you are enrolled in. Therefore, we expect students to be able to commit to 8 to 10 hours per week this semester towards your Corporate Partners project. The general weekly breakdown of your time is as follows:

    • 50 minutes per week meeting with your team and your Corporate Partner Mentor

    • 1 hour and 50 minutes per week meeting with your team led by your Corporate Partner Peer Mentor (TA)

    • 5 to 7 hours per week working on the project (individually or with teammates)

  • Communicate with your team about your share of the work.

  • Read your email daily and respond to emails (and group communications like Slack) in a timely manner.

  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined.

  • Accept critical thinking and decision making as part of the learning process.

  • Be willing to “speak up” if problems arise. Your Corporate Partner Peer Mentor and The Data Mine staff are here to support you, but you have to communicate with us when you need help. Please do not wait until the end of the semester to bring issues to our attention or say you don’t understand a concept. The earlier that you let us know, the easier we can help you.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Some of the projects focus on complicated topics and the teams are learning together. There are no bad questions in this type of environment!

  • It is not ok to stop participating if the course content gets difficult. Even if other students are more experienced, everyone should 1) make an effort to learn and get caught up and 2) find some way to contribute while trying to build up the necessary technical skills. Your Corporate Partner Mentor and TA can provide suggestions of other resources to help learn content. Again, you have to “speak up” when you need help!

  • Deadlines are an unavoidable part of being a professional, and this course is no exception. Course requirements must be completed and submitted on or before the specified due date and delivery time deadline. Late work will not be accepted. Due dates and delivery time deadlines are defined as Eastern Time (as used in West Lafayette, Indiana).


The Center for Career Opportunities has a Career Success Handbook that is helpful.

Example resumes are available here under the CCO

How to add Corporate Partners to your resume

Here is an example:

Undergraduate Data Science Researcher

The Data Mine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, August 2021 - April 2022

  • Collaborated with [Company Name] on [high level project description]

  • [Technical skills learned and applied on CRP project (high level)]

  • Trained to use R, SQL, and Python in STAT 19000 to …


We encourage you to like the page The Data Mine – Purdue University on LinkedIn. You are also welcome to connect with The Data Mine staff members on LinkedIn.

How to add Corporate Partners to your LinkedIn page

Our image
Figure 1. Screenshot of LinkedIn recommendations.

Click “+” to add an experience.

Title: Undergraduate (or Graduate) Data Science Researcher We recommend all students use this title and not make up other titles. Do not use the word “intern”.

Employment type: leave this blank. It is not required.

Company: The Data Mine – Purdue University. If you type that in, it should tag our LinkedIn page. DO NOT tag the company since you are not employees of the company.

Location: West Lafayette, IN, USA

Start Date: August 2021 (unless you have been involved for more than 1 year)

End Date: Check “I am currently working in this role”.

Description: This is where you can list your corporate partner’s name, the tools you used, and a brief description of the project. The project description may be easier to write after the Symposium poster because anything that was approved for the final version of your poster by the company is fair to discuss publicly.

Media: You can add a link to The Data Mine website, or you can link to your poster and video after the Symposium in April 2022.

Click “Save”.


Learning Tips

Feedback from past Students