Uncategorised / Friday, 11 March, 2022

Rebranding the LIDA Data Scientist Development Programme


The LIDA Data Science Internship Programme is dead, long live the LIDA Data Scientist Development Programme!

In recognition of the fantastic work performed by those enrolled on the Programme, LIDA has decided to rebrand its popular Data Science Internship Programme as the LIDA Data Scientist Development Programme and to change the role title of the Programme’s staff from ‘intern’ to ‘Data Scientist’.

Why have we rebranded the Programme?



Since its inauguration in 2016, the Programme has so far employed 62 data scientists, each of whom has successfully gone on to a career in industry, the public sector, or further study through completing a PhD. Here is a selection of feedback we’ve received from them about their experiences on the Programme.


“The nature and scale of this project – and my conviction of the public good waiting to be unlocked by it – has become a source of daily inspiration for me. Additionally, I’m inspired by the fine blend of the interdisciplinary team that constitutes my project group, including data scientists that are healthcare and geospatial specialists. I’m inspired by the depth of knowledge and experience of my team, and am excited that they now double as my latest role models in data science.”

Ifeanyi Chukwu, 2021-22 LIDA Data Scientist


“In my projects, I have had the opportunity to talk to the City Council, UK and international universities, not-for-profit organisations and retailers. Speaking to people in a wide range of data roles has helped me to better understand the opportunities available in data science, and how roles interact with non-data scientists. With the breadth of projects and collaborators available across and in partnership with LIDA, the Programme is the place to be!”

Rosalind Martin, 2020-21 LIDA Data Scientist


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at LIDA. The Programme is exactly what I needed to combine my PhD research skills with industry projects. I am confident I will finish this year perfectly positioned for my next career move.”

Kevin Minors, 2018-19 LIDA Data Scientist