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Jacob: Statistics


Jacob Acquah is a Statistics major and had the opportunity to intern in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. Listen to him explain how this experience helped him practice intentional seeking and skill building.

What did you do for your internship?

I did a lot on statistical analysis, research, and forecasting. I assisted the director of the Budget office in analyzing the volatility of Utah food tax as measure to other sales tax in the economy during which I a conclusion was made not to increase or scrape out the food sales tax since it does not have a significant effect(positive and negative). With the other interns, I assisted in researching the various water rates in Utah. The water rates are updated every calendar year. This is used ad check on the various cities on how they tax their residents. I also forecast and predicted the some key indicators in the Utah economy. They mostly showed a stable or increase. I was a member of Utah subcommittee for Innovation where we came up with useful suggestion for legislators on how to retain USTAR.

What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?

I learnt a lot about government policies and budget. I also learnt about not being afraid to ask if you don't know. Goals are achieved when employers and employees are able to communicate effectively.

I learnt a lot from the Executive Director of GOMB from training and her book "Seductive Seven" which focuses on making better decision. I had the opportunity to sit down with the Governor Gary Herbert twice and listened as he advised the other interns and I to go out and make a difference.

Jacob Acquah
Jacob Acquah shaking hands with Governor Gary Herbert