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Attention Researchers… These People Are Talented And Looking For A Job

There are a lot of things I love about my job. One of them, that is very rewarding to me on many levels, is being on the advisory board of the A.C. Nielsen Center at the University of Wisconsin. The passion of the program and the intelligence of the students is amazing. To be in a position to mentor these kids is an honor and something I am very proud of.

Next month the program will graduate another class of amazing students. Here are some of the graduates seeking positions in our great industry.  As a way to assist in their search I wanted to highlight them in this post. Below is a picture of each of them with a little information about them.

I know many of the readers of this blog are in the research industry and I am hoping you will post any tips you have for them and any jobs or websites that you might be aware of that could help in their search. In addition, please let me know if you would like to see their resumes and I would be happy to email them to you right away.

Amanda Decker


Amanda returns to the A.C. Nielsen Center for her second year following a summer internship at Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.  At Janssen, Amanda managed both qualitative and quantitative research projects for Janssen’s HIV portfolio, including research for a new product launch.  She found her internship to be a great opportunity to apply both her market research learning from the UW as well as her business expertise from prior work experience.  Prior to attending the UW, Amanda worked for KPMG LLP managing projects and supervising engagement teams for over 30 clients across various industries.  She also has an educational background in business and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with dual undergraduate degrees in accountancy and business administration.

Amanda is excited to return to Madison where she is very involved outside of the classroom and serves as Vice President of the Graduate Business Association, Treasurer of the MBA Food & Wine Club, and also works on research projects as a project assistant for the A.C. Nielsen Center.  She hopes to take advantage of all Madison has to offer during her second year!

John Faustgen


John Faustgen comes to the A.C. Nielsen Center from Omaha, NE where he was a Technical Project Manager at Gallup. There he found a passion for telling stories with numbers and chose to continue his education in Marketing Research. Wisconsin’s specialized curriculum and fantastic facilities brought him to Madison.

This summer John interned at MeadWestvaco in Marketing Insights.  His other experience includes being a Consultant at International Decision Systems and a Business Analyst at Target. He enjoys participating in most sports, including tennis, running, and squash, traveling, and watching TED Talks. John is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he majored in Political Science with a Management minor.

Heidi Freund


Heidi comes to the A.C. Nielsen Center from the Milwaukee area with a background in marketing research for higher education.  Although most recently with Cardinal Stritch University, she realized her passion for research while conducting research on media preferences and generational differences for Interact Communications, and further developed her skills while employed with Kaplan Schweser.  Heidi graduated from Viterbo University with both a BM in Vocal Performance and a BBA with specializations in Marketing and Management. She chose the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue her MBA in Marketing Research not only because of the program’s strong reputation, but because of its friendly, supportive environment.

Heidi spent the summer interning for the Dial Corporation, a Henkel company, in Scottsdale, Arizona where she not only had the opportunity to work on both qualitative and quantitative projects, but also enjoyed what her new surroundings had to offer.  She’s looking forward to her second year at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she will continue serving as Second Year Honor Board Representative and working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate marketing courses.

Soledad Querol


Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Soledad moved to the US in 2006 where she started her marketing research career with Investor Group Services as a Junior Research Associate.  Upon gaining her US Citizenship and moving to Chicago, she joined RS Consulting in 2007 where she continued to develop her experience while implementing her multilingual skills for the resolution of complex business problems in seven different countries. Among others, Soledad led voice of customer, value propositions and competitive analysis projects and trained colleagues in in-depth interviewing.  Throughout her experiences she led numerous projects as manager focusing in qualitative research and market strategy development and became a project leader, motivator, and facilitator of consumer driven initiatives for business growth.

Soledad returns to the Nielsen Center after a fantastic summer internship at Colgate-Palmolive where she led a shopper study and a consolidation project of past 5 years of research that enabled her to apply her research and strategic skills. In her free time, Soledad loves to spend her free time with family and friends.

Hanjin Yu


Hanjin comes to the A.C. Nielsen Center from China, where she got her B.S. in engineering and economics. Driven by passion for marketing and interests in data analysis, Hanjin feels marketing research is the perfect career for her. Prior to her MBA program, she worked at Ipsos China for about six years. Hanjin’s research experience covers from usage and attitude study, advertising, branding, and campaign evaluation, to product, concept and packaging tests. In 2007, Hanjin obtained six-month on-job training in Chicago and Cincinnati, where she fostered her skills on advertising study. Hanjin selected the University of Wisconsin – Madison because of its high reputation in marketing research education. Hanjin works as a project assistant in MBA Career Management Office during her MBA studies. She assisted on Employment Analysis, Alumni Survey, and Company Research of Potential Employers.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

I know the students are anxious to read all of your comments and thoughts that could help them.

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