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Per Morten Halvorsen is a Machine Learning Engineer at Schibsted and started his journey with Schibsted as a summer intern. He studied Mathematics with Informatics (bachelor’s program) and Data Science (master’s program) at the University of Oslo.

Hi Per? Why did you apply for an internship at Schibsted?
I wanted to see what machine learning in the industry looked like and in what ways Schibsted was using language technologies

Where in Schibsted did you do your internship?
In the Predict Team, within Data Foundations. Me and another intern worked on improving the pretraining steps of a model currently running in production

What was the best experience being an intern?
Getting paid to work on complex machine learning problems all summer long

What did you learn from your internship period?
Being a relevant job candidate means more than just knowing the theory. Social and presentation skills are equally important!

Where do you work today, and what is the difference between being an intern and a regular employee?
I’m still working in the Predict team in Oslo. The only real difference between being an intern versus full-time is the level of responsibility expected of you. Our interns always feel like part of the team.