Introduction

'Relevant work experience' in the field you wish to proceed in, is never overlooked on your resume, and what better way to achieve that than an internship? From getting a feel of the work environment to a chance to apply your theory in the real world, the benefits of an internship are endless.

The number of jobs requiring Data Science skills is expected to grow by 27.9% by 2026, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, making now the best time to start a career in Data Science.

Here is a list of curated internships in the USA you need to look forward to:

1.Amazon, 2022 Data Science Intern - Seattle, Washington

Amazon requires applicants who have a demonstrated ability to manage medium-scale modeling projects, identify requirements, and build methodology and tools that are statistically grounded.

Here are some tutorials to brush up on your SQL and Python skills:

How to be an awesome Android Marketplace Data Analyst for Beginners - Part 1
This post will guide you through writing SQL queries using a real-life dataset of Android apps to answer some analytics-oriented questions.
Video Game Sales Analysis
Analyzing the ‘Video Game Sales Analysis’ dataset with the help of pandas library and learn the fundamentals of plotly by visualizing the result using simple yet interactive graphs.

2. Microsoft, Machine Learning: Ph.D. Intern Opportunities -
Sunnyvale, California, United States

Microsoft’s tools drive the widespread adoption of Machine Learning and AI on the cloud, by providing highly productive experimentation and modeling environment to help teams of data scientists and data professionals be highly productive with AI. They design, build and operationalize data science tools and environments to create end-to-end solutions for high-value customers & partner scenarios leveraging big data, scalable systems.  

Microsoft is looking for Machine Learning specialists who are passionate about building data science tools and environments that help their customers build intelligent applications.

Microsoft does require a solid foundation of SQL skills, here are a few tutorials that might help you:

Getting Started with SQL Queries - Exercises for Beginners Part-1
Here’s a selection of the most useful SQL queries every beginner must practice. This article will not only provide you with the answers but also the explanation to each query.

3. IBM, Data Analytics Intern - Summer 2022 - Multiple cities, USA

In this internship, you will utilize existing skills and areas of interest to help IBM GCDO evolve its data platform to utilize a data fabric approach to discovering, understanding, securing, consuming, and integrating enterprise data within a physical and virtual data lake.

Domain: data governance, data architecture, data management, data security, data scientist, data visualization, analytics, business analysis, statistics, etc.

4. Pinterest, Data Science or Product Analyst Intern - San Francisco, CA, US

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities, and plan for what matters most.

Right now, Pinterest is looking for Product Analytics and Data Science interns to help evolve and shape the future of our product — inspiring Pinners and connecting them with actionable content, understanding advertisers and measuring the value Pinterest provides to them, and enabling our employees to evaluate potential product changes faster than ever before.

You would require to influence and evolve the product roadmap to help fulfill the mission – to bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love – using data and exploratory analysis to understand user behavior and trends and identify opportunities for product innovation.

Here is an interesting blog that you could follow to know more about the application of data science at Pinterest - click here.

Since this position demands the knowledge of Exploratory Data Analysis - Here is a blog on how to analyze a dataset :

Data Analysis of the ‘Spotify’ dataset using the Pandas library
Building a strong foundation through the pandas library by working on the ‘Spotify’ dataset. We will discuss some very basic tools that pandas provide to help gain insights into any dataset in the music domain.

5. HP, Machine Learning Intern - Fort Collins, CO Hybrid

HP has an opening for a Research intern in the area of computer vision and deep learning. They are looking for Ph.D. candidates who are passionate about applying their knowledge of deep learning in industrial applications, enjoy solving challenging deep learning problems, and contribute to successful products used by millions of people.

6. Netflix, Partner Operations Intern, Creative Production - Los Angeles, California

Netflix is reinventing entertainment from end to end. Netflix is continuously striving to expand its operational scale in order to bring its stories to the right audience at the right time all over the world. Their Partner Operations team seeks to clear the path for creative excellence by facilitating an operational foundation that simplifies complexity and propels innovation.

This role requires you to have a data-informed approach to problem-solving and analysis with experience pulling and visualizing large datasets from complex underlying data structures, a deep-rooted passion for creating order out of chaos, quickly identifying trends, organizing data, and creating streamlined processes to allow for operating at scale.

Here is a blog that describes how it is like to intern at Netflix.

7. Slack, Summer 2022 Data Science Intern - San Francisco, CA

"Slack is on a mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. We are hiring for Data Science Interns in Summer 2022 to help guide the future of Slack! Data science internships at Slack are a unique opportunity for those that wish to gain hands-on experience working with data at a fast-moving company!"

Some requirements:

  • Preferred candidates are pursuing advanced degrees in statistics, math, economics, or computer science.
  • Hands-on experience using SQL to access a data warehouse
  • Experience using R or Python

8. Facebook, Core Data Science Intern - New York, NY

"Our team’s mission is to “Understand and Improve our Impact on Society”. Facebook is committed to understanding and improving our impact on important societal issues, like social cohesion, civic discourse, election interference, institutional trust, economic opportunity, and inequality. We are the social scientists dedicated to tackling these research problems at scale using quantitative methods."

Some required qualifications :

  • A flexible analytic approach that allows for results at varying levels of precision
  • Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, and actionable manner
  • Fluency with at least one scripting language such as Python or PHP
  • Familiarity with relational databases and SQL

9. Miami HEAT, Data Science Intern, Summer 2022 - Miami, FL

The HEAT is three-time NBA Champions, winning in 2006 and back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. The Miami Heat is seeking a Data Science Intern to join the Strategy & Data Analytics team and assist the organization in making data-driven decisions! Responsibilities will include brainstorming topics for research, consolidating the data necessary to set up experiments, performing statistical analysis, and visualizing results.

A perfect opportunity for the data people who love basketball.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience writing SQL and working with databases
  • Experience visualizing and communicating results to both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Interesting projects available on a personal site or GitHub profile

10. Dropbox, Machine Learning Intern - Salt Lake City, UT

Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that's transforming the way people work together, from the smallest business to the largest enterprise with more than 500 million registered users across more than 180 countries.

"As a member of Dropbox’s Machine Learning group, you develop high impact solutions that affect millions of people and data from hundreds of millions of users. This team delivers solutions using the full range of ML techniques from computer vision to supervised learning to deep learning to online learning."

11. Adobe, Data Science Intern - Various locations, US (Remote)

The Adobe Digital Video and Audio Data Science Team are seeking a Data Science Intern who is passionate about uncovering data-driven insights to improve customer experience in our products.

What You Need To Succeed

  • BS/MS in an analytical field (statistics, applied math, computer science, etc) preferred
  • Proficiency in querying and manipulating large datasets using SQL-like languages (Hive, Spark, etc.)
  • Familiarity with descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g. t-test, chi-square, ANOVA, correlation, regression, etc.) to understand user behaviors and generate hypotheses
  • Interest in operating at the intersection of business, statistics, and engineering.

12. LinkedIn, Artificial Intelligence - Machine Learning Engineer Intern - Sunnyvale, CA Hybrid

"LinkedIn was built to help professionals achieve more in their careers, and every day millions of people use our products to make connections, discover opportunities, and gain insights. Our global reach means we get to make a direct impact on the world’s workforce in ways no other company can. We’re much more than a digital resume – we transform lives through innovative products and technology."

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work with BIG data, crunching millions of samples for statistical modeling, data mining, recommendation, or search relevance solutions
  • Write production-quality code and influence the next generation of LinkedIn’s systems

This is a full-time internship role that will take place between May - September 2022.


To seek these internships, one does need a clear set of skills. Be it technical skills or soft skills. Building a portfolio is extremely important apart from knowing Machine Learning and Statistics.  

Well, how to build a Data Science Portfolio, to begin with?

Technical Skills :

All of the Data Science internships/jobs require you to have some technical skills, be it MS Excel, Python, R, SQL or whatsoever.

To build these skills, one can Start using Kaggle. Having an active Kaggle not only helps you show your skills but also practice them regularly. Big firms like KPMG, Bain and co. hold Kaggle competitions which is a great opportunity. Moreover, you can link your Kaggle account to your CV. Kaggle is a great platform to get inspired by looking at fellow data geeks' profiles, like such:

Having an active GitHub profile, is a great way to collaborate with other creators to work on a project. GitHub allows other users to see your regularity. Do mention an attractive introduction on your profile to make it interesting. Here's a random profile screenshot to give you an idea:

Projects :

Being in the data business, you would have to deal with a lot of, well "Data". Since Freshers don't have access to exclusive datasets but they can surely browse the web to get some dummy datasets and build their project on them.

What are the types of projects a fresher should look for:

Data Cleaning: Data Scientists spend majority of their time cleaning data to find something useful out of it. Having an idea of the null values, duplicate values, etc. in any dataset can help understand the depth of it. Such analyses can be done using various programming languages. Here are a few tutorials that might help you get an idea about the same:

How to be an awesome Android Marketplace Data Analyst for Beginners - Part 1
This post will guide you through writing SQL queries using a real-life dataset of Android apps to answer some analytics-oriented questions.
Data Analysis and Visualization in the retail/FMCG sector
Analyzing the ‘BigMart Sales’ dataset with the help of pandas library and learn the fundamentals of plotly by visualizing the result using simple yet interactive graphs.

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA): Now that your dataset is clean, time for some insight discovery. Exploratory Data Analysis is a crucial skill for any fresher as well as an experienced individual. EDA includes a lot of graphical interpretation and statistical findings through those graphs. Knowing the descriptive statistics such as mean, median, standard deviation, etc. of any dataset tells you a lot about it.

Here is a  tutorial to brush up your EDA skills:

Explore the Twitter graph dataset and learn how to analyze complex graphs using simple exploratory data analysis (EDA)
Cover ImageIntroduction Twitter logoMost of us think of Twitter as a social network, but it’s actually something much more powerful! Twitter is a social news website. It can be viewed as a hybrid of email, instant messaging and SMS messaging all rolled into one neat and simple package. It’s a

Data Visualisation: Finding insights through some code-work is vital. But how does one communicate those insights with the stakeholder as well as their own team? This is where Data Visualisation comes into play. Tableau is an amazing software aimed at data visualization. Building a tableau profile and having some good dashboards is a great way to brush up and publish your skills to the public eye. Here's my Tableau Public profile, that I linked to my CV:

Here is a link to part one of four part Tableau tutorial series:

Tutorial to write SQL queries using Python and visualizing the results in Tableau - Part 1
This post walks you through the SQL queries in the Kaggle python notebook and shows you how to visualize them using Tableau. We are taking the following dataset for our reference: Dataset: Used Cars DatasetHow has the price of vehicles changed over the years?Thinking about buying a used car?

Reading Blogs to work on your overall knowledge:


Reading blogs and books related to Data Science is a great way to achieve some unstructured learning; like such:

5 Most In-Demand Machine Learning Projects That Will Get You Hired
We talk about the various ML projects that will build your confidence and get you job-ready!

Subscribing to a weekly newsletter can help you stay on top of the recent developments in the field;

Newsletter - datascience.fm - The #1 Data Science Channel
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Lastly, working on some soft skills as a Data Science fresher is what sets you apart. Here is a blog to refer, to identify the 10 Essential Skill Sets For Data Scientists.

10 Essential Skill Sets For Data Scientists
For data scientists, education is the first step. Develop & practice these 10 essential skills sets to help separate you from the crowd.

Conclusion:

I hope this blog brought some amazing internship opportunities to your attention and gave you a path to land these opportunities.

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