At 3M, we're all learning, discovering, exploring and innovating together. Our internship programs allow for students to join other 3Mers on their career journey. Here’s a deeper look at the projects Health Information Systems Interns get to work on from someone who has experienced an internship firsthand.
Intern: Taehee Jung
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Master’s degree in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley; and working toward a PhD in Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh
Current Internship Title and Location: Natural Language Understanding Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
Past Work Experience: Data Analyst for five years
I was interested in 3M because I had heard that 3M M*Modal, 3M’s cloud-based clinical documentation arm, was the place to work if you were interested in Natural Language Processing, the interaction between computers and human language. I loved the idea of this program because you are working on automatic systems for doctors and patients, which is really important work.
The first project I worked on in my internship was training a new model to predict the right Part of Speech (POS) tag for each word in M*Modal’s medical documents. To do this, I first evaluated how M*Modal’s current system performed on different types of data (i.e. an M*Modal medical document vs. Wall Street journal news articles). I then compared the result or accuracy of their current model with other off-the-shelf POS prediction models, which resulted in training our new version of POS tagging systems using current state-of-the-art architecture.
Now, I’m working on researching how the probability distribution of different POS tagging systems are working differently across the data sets from various domains (i.e. data sets from medical documents versus academic papers versus dialog).
I didn’t have a lot of experience in this area, so I’ve learned many tactics and techniques that will be super helpful in future roles.
Compared to my work experience in South Korea, I have more ability to do what I’m interested in here and work on things that I want to do versus just what the company needs me to do.