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Announcing DataWhys Summer Internship Program 2024

16 Feb 2024 . Category . Comments #research #education-research #datawhys #data-science #machine-learning #programming #statistics #service #outreach

Join us at The University of Memphis for an interdisciplinary summer internship program in data science!

The DataWhys Project at The University of Memphis is developing a training program for students outside the core data science fields of statistics, machine learning, and computer science. As part of this internship, interns will use and provide feedback on this training program and complete an original data science research project-no background in data science is needed!

Along the way, interns will work closely with faculty and graduate student mentors to develop their data science and professional skills, including how to research a topic, how to read a scientific paper, how to find a dataset, and how to present results.

Accepted interns will be paid $16/hr. and are expected to attend from 10-4:30pm, Monday through Friday from June 3, 2024 to July 3, 2024. The internship will take place at the Fedex Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus from June 3 to June 21 and will be remote for the remainder of the internship.

The program is limited to 15 students. We particularly encourage students from regional HBCUs, community colleges, and recent high school graduates. Interns must be 18 or older and eligible to work in the U.S. Support is available for interns who need temporary accommodation for the on-site portion of the internship.

Students should apply online at https://forms.gle/eAdR1C1GDwtgQymT9. Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis until applications close at 11:59 PM CST on March 29, 2024. Competitive applications will be supported by two letters of reference emailed to Andrew Olney (aolney@memphis.edu). Decision notifications for applications received March 29th will be sent out April 5th.

The DataWhys Project and internship are supported by the National Science Foundation through Grant 1918751 to the University of Memphis.

NSF award information

Frequently Asked Questions (2/13/24)

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the DataWhys Summer Internship Program. If you have a question not answered below, please contact aolney@memphis.edu.

I’m under 18. Can I apply?

You can apply if you will be 18 as of June 3rd 2024. Our paid internship is not designed for minors.

Do I need to have a background in computer science or statistics to apply?

No, we welcome students from all fields and do not assume knowledge of programming or statistics.

I’ve applied for the internship program, but I haven’t gotten a response yet? Am I accepted?

We’ll review all applications as they are received and accept students on a rolling basis. All decisions will be made by April 5th for applications received March 29th.

I will graduate in May, am I eligible?

Yes, you are eligible to apply. Please note the age restriction above.

I can’t make all the sessions. Am I still eligible?

Generally, no, we expect interns to be able to attend the whole program. However, if you needed to miss a day to go to a wedding or funeral, that would not be a problem.

I am not a US Citizen, am I eligible?

You must have authorization to be paid as an intern, so we recommend you speak with your student services representative about obtaining work authorization.

I don’t attend college at all and am not a recent high school graduate. Am I eligible for the DataWhys Summer Internship Program?

We prioritize college students and recent high school graduates who are over 18. If you are not eligible, our training materials are freely available, so you may use those on your own. We have also offered an online course based on these materials. If you belong to a business or nonprofit that would like to become an industry partner, we may have additional opportunities for you.