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Statistics Grad Lands Job with U.S. Census Bureau


JenAlyse Arena ´11 has landed a job as a Survey Statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Her job involves developing survey and study specifications and procedures, designing survey questionnaires, assisting in data collection operations, analyzing and evaluating data, and disseminating study results through publications and presentations.

While at Fisher, Arena majored in both mathematics and statistics. She joined the Census Bureau as part of the Corporate Hiring Program (CHP), which combines practical, on-the-job experience, with formal training and mentoring. CHP recruits engage in challenging work that complements academic experiences. They participate in formal training, focused on leadership development, and have rotational assignments that offer broad exposure to a myriad of Census Bureau programs. Additionally, recruits receive mentoring from experienced survey methodologists, demographers, economists, researchers, and data collection experts. CHP recruits generally spend two years in the developmental program. Once they successfully complete the program, they are then assigned to a specific group within the organization.

According to Arena, the U.S. Census Bureau has numerous training and internship programs for students. She encourages other students interested in mathematics and statistics to consider those opportunities.

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