Research Internship

Location: Rotterdam
Vacancy number: NL1340

Do you want to gain experience working for a marketing insights agency that influences the decisions of the world’s leading consumer goods companies?

We offer you a research internship with the opportunity to write your thesis in collaboration with our experts in client solutions in the areas of communication research, conjoint analysis, and healthcare, among other areas. In addition to writing your thesis, you’ll have the opportunity to step foot in the world of market research and work with an international team.

We are working for multinationals like Procter & Gamble, Unilever, AT&T and more. In addition we work for consultancy houses like McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Simon Kucher and Partners. We offer creative, cutting-edge market research solutions. Dedicated to our client’s success, we listen closely to understand their business problems and we extract actionable results to help them identify business opportunities.

Your role

Topic 1 – HB upper model improvements

This internship is strongly related to utility estimation in conjoint analysis, using Hierarchical Bayes, and it’s in particular about the upper model. The upper model typically assumes a multinormal distributions for all parameters in conjunction. However in practice we often see that the posterior distribution of parameters doesn’t have a normal distribution at all. It tends more to for example a sum of two normal distributions (with different peaks) or an exponential distribution (for example with price utilities that must be negative). The internship is meant to investigate alternative upper model specifications and finding out to what extent alternative specifications may lead to an improved hit rate and lower MAE.

Your profile

You have solid analytical skills, you are good company and you have a good sense of humor. Preferably you are/have:

  • In the final stage of Master, preferably in Business Administration, Econometrics, Economics, Marketing, Statistics, Life Sciences or Psychology, with above-average grades
  • You have a conceptual mind and are proficient in modeling
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Proactive attitude expressed in extracurricular and leadership activities
  • Keen interest in quantitative and/or qualitative market research methodologies
  • Ability to quickly adapt to a complex, dynamic environment
  • Authorization to work in the Netherlands

Our offer

With this internship we want to give you the opportunity to seriously explore what a career at SKIM will be like. In case expectations from both ends are met during the internship period, you might be recruited for a starter position at SKIM.

We offer this assignment as an internship for a Master’s degree. We align our conditions with those of your school. We suggest you to work for 3-5 days a week in our Rotterdam office for 4-6 months. We offer a fun and friendly place to work, dedicated guidance, a multi-cultural team, and decent financial compensation. Our office is located right next to Rotterdam Central Station.

Please provide us with your topic of preference, resume and a motivation letter when submitting your application. We ask you to provide some background on your experience with the topic and possibly research question as part of your motivation letter with a maximum of one page.