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Tips for finding data science internships
Asked on 2020-11-25 17:38 by Michelle W.

Finding full-time work: hard. Internships? Even harder... What's a good way to actually do this?

Response #1
By Wojciech G. on 2020-11-25 17:44
Finding data science internships can be tricky. Oftentimes, it's much more difficult to find them because they aren't advertised as much as other types of jobs. Below are pieces of advice that I find have worked well for some members in our community.

  1. If you're a student, talk to your school's career counselling service. Many companies will recruit directly at local job fairs, university programs, comp sci / data clubs, and other places at your campus. This is by far the easiest way to find opportunities.

  2. Review company career sites. Most internship programs aren't promoted on hiring or job boards. You'll want to visit the actual company websites to learn more about what is available.

  3. Consider applying for companies that are less well-known and more local. Many people want to work for Microsoft, Uber, Google, etc... These companies get 10,000+ applications! But you know what else happens? The less well-known companies get the opposite -- I've seen some companies get ZERO applications for interns. These are usually smaller, local companies. They can be a great place to start, however, because you'll be working more closely with a team and will have more informal opportunities.

  4. Reach out to hiring managers directly, especially at small companies. Hiring managers at big, popular companies are inundated with messages, but this isn't the case with smaller companies. Building a directly relationship with the hiring manager can be very valuable, both for internships and for full-time roles.

As always, remember to have a great portfolio, emphasize any "hybrid" skills you have, and ensure your LinkedIn/resume/etc. are all updated.

Response #2
By Rachel W. on 2020-11-25 18:02
I agree with Wojciech. I'd also add an additional piece of feedback: get to know your professors/instructors! Many of them work with industry and help recommend good students for great internships. Some professors/instructors also hire students to help with research and other work, which can often be wayyyyy more advanced than what most internships offer.