Data Scientist Internship Programme

Data Scientist Internship Programme

LIDA launched the Data Scientist Internship Programme in September 2016, as part of our commitment to developing data science capability and driving multidisciplinary data analytics research.  The eight appointed interns are currently working alongside researchers from across the University on a variety of projects. 

The programme provides the opportunity for interns to:

  • Own delivery of a data science project and get hands on experience using real data
  • Establish links with project partners and work to provide solutions to real world challenges
  • Build skills and knowledge in advanced analytics
  • Participate in on-site training opportunities in statistical analysis, visualisation, research methods and computer programming
  • Work alongside leading scholars as part of the LIDA team and gain valuable work experience

 

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Intern Profiles

Name: Cathy Tomson

Education: MSc Data Science and Analytics from University of Leeds

How I became interested in data:

After years of struggling to get the courage to take driving lessons as a result of a childhood car accident, I was introduced to the world of self-driving autonomous cars that could completely change the way we use vehicles. While the research and development is continuing and all current vehicles are required to have a manual override, the notion of fully self-operating cars was intriguing. It peaked my interest in big data, the way it can be harnessed and how it offers invaluable access to insights never before available and prompted me to join a MSc course in the field of Data Science and Analytics in the University of Leeds.

 

Skills and experience I hope to gain from the internship:

During my internship with LIDA I hope to gain a better understanding of the structure and needs of an effective data science team from working alongside experienced academics and fellow inters and collaborating with various external partners. Additionally, I hope to learn Python, gain more practical experience with unstructured data and big data as well as improve my data mining and analysis skills, by not only working on two separate data science projects but also attending various training sessions, seminars and events.

 

Where I hope to be in three years:

In three years’ time I hope to have a research based role and to have taken on the responsibilities of a team leader in a company based in Switzerland.

Name: Aniuska Domínguez

Education: Msc in Data Science from City University of London

How I became interested in data:

As a curious person I have always been interested in gaining insight into the inner nature of things or underlying problems. Before getting into data sciences, I worked as a software developer for various companies and a research institute. In the later, I worked in an AI project using the traditional rules-based approach.

After I moved to the UK, it was difficult for me to get into really interesting projects which led me to pursue a Master’s degree here. During the study of the Data Science Master degree, I learnt more interesting approaches of AI such as machine learning and other advanced techniques. I believe that my MSc. in Data Science offers me a great opportunity to foster my interest in uncovering patterns from data in the UK.

Skills and experience I hope to gain from the internship:

I will enhance my data analytics and visualisation expertise during my internship at LIDA, having the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary team of professionals and researchers as well as the fellow interns. I will learn by doing with the assistance of a knowledge specialist supervisor and have also the opportunity to polish my skills via training courses. I hope to work with a variety and interesting datasets in different contexts to get hands-on experience in data analysis, achievement in real-world problems and gain domain knowledge.

Where I hope to be in three years:

In three years’ time, I see myself as data science senior in a research role. I hope to have competitive advantage in the job market thanks to the skills I will accomplish from my LIDA internship.