Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to intern my native country of Albania. That experience cannot be beaten but I have encountered a new and slightly more challenging experience this summer. I am working as an intern for DTE Energy in their Distribution Operations Performance Center. Basically my role is that of a data analyst intern. I am involved in system outage audits, quality metrics & forecasting (how often outages are fixed on time), and query-based data collection utilizing different database software tools (Toad for Oracle, DBVisualizer, Microsoft Access). Although I know you must be dying to hear more about all that, I wanted this blog post to focus on the city I am working in.
Detroit is a city with a rich history but everyone usually has a negative perception of the city. This is warranted due to the overwhelming crime, abandoned buildings and huge job loss in the last 20(ish) years. However, Detroit is truly making a comeback. Efforts from successful businessmen such as Dan Gilbert have helped tremendously in revitalizing this once vibrant American city. The Motor City is known worldwide, sometimes for the wrong reasons but I am truly seeing the beauty behind it in my time here. Although I have always lived a 25 minute drive away from the city, I am not afraid to admit that I was turned away from visiting it for many years. Aside from a Tigers game or visit to the Detroit Zoo, I stayed far away from Detroit. Since DTE Energy is located in Detroit, I have no choice but to be in it now. However, it is more of a privilege to be working in the city than a burden. In my short time here, I have walked the streets and dined at many popular restaurants in Detroit such as Slow’s BBQ and Bucharest Grill, both of which were excellent. Detroit is a great city and the negative perceptions have tarnished its’ image, but I believe Detroit is destined to become a popular, job-rich American city once again.
I am very glad that I was able to work in this city, because it allowed me to see what I have been missing all this time. For those who live near Detroit or in the Metro Detroit area, I encourage you to visit and explore the city. It is safe but I would take caution and walk with friends when it is night time.
That’s all for now!