“Organized, but also spontaneous,” Sarah Thompson laughed as she mused on how her friends would describe her.
Appropriately, Sarah came to Booz Allen in July 2011 “by accident and because I wanted change.” Determined to pursue a career in the foreign service when she started her undergraduate degree at George Washington University in DC, it didn’t take many classes for Sarah to realize that it wasn’t the career path for her. She saw a friend who’d worked at Booz Allen post on Facebook about their experience and, after some research and the application process, decided to give a six-month co-op (the predecessor of our Summer Games internship program) a try.
After completing her co-op (where she also unexpectedly met her husband), Sarah joined the cost estimating team at Booz Allen. She worked with the team for a few years until data science piqued her interest.
Now a senior data scientist, Sarah’s been called an “enterprise data scientist” by her manager. For any given challenge, she plays an integral role in figuring out how to build the right team of data scientists, approach specific projects, and create a custom solution that works for clients. Working with a variety of clients over the past few years, “what I like about data science now is the fact that there are a lot of different problems that you can, more or less, distill the same way,” Sarah said. With her bird’s eye view, Sarah is a pro at tailoring each project to the client for a custom fit.