Data Scientist Internship Programme

Data Scientist Internship Programme

LIDA launched the Data Scientist Internship Programme in September 2016, as part of its commitment to developing data science capability and driving multidisciplinary data analytics research.  Now in its fourth year, the Programme has ten talented interns, drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, who are passionate about finding data science solutions to complex, real-world challenges. They are currently working alongside researchers from across the University on a variety of projects

The Internship 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 and external 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

Applications for the fifth cohort of LIDA Data Scientist Interns will open in June 2020 and the posts will be advertised via the University of Leeds jobs page.


My experience as a LIDA data scientist intern has been great. The internship has given me the opportunity to work in the field that I’m most passionate about, at the cutting edge of cancer research and artificial intelligence. Through my project on biomarker discovery in glioblastoma, I acquired skills and experience that will be of paramount importance in the next steps of my career.”

Stelios Theophanous, former Data Scientist Intern (2018-19) now undertaking a PhD in predictive modelling for cancer outcomes


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Data Science Intern. This program 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, former Data Scientist Intern (2018-19) now working as a Data Scientist in industry


“I completed a LIDA Internship working with Sky Betting & Gaming to develop models to identify problem gamblers.  My time at LIDA was essential to my transition from academia to industry.  Working in collaboration with academic and industry partners allowed me to develop my understanding of business challenges, while maintaining a solid academic grounding.  Having the support of academic supervisors helped ensure my work was rigorous; an ethos I have carried over into my current role as a Data Scientist at Sky Betting & Gaming”.

Ed Berry, former Data Scientist Intern (2017-18)


Wondering what our interns get up to here at LIDA? You can read a number of blogs from our current and previous cohort of interns below:

Intern Projects 2019/20

Intern Profiles 2019/20

Vijay Kumar

Academic and personal background

I joined LIDA as a Data Scientist Intern straight after finishing my BSc Hons in Physics. During this time, I undertook some computational physics projects and used data science in my studies. This involved using advanced statistics and methods such as Monte Carlo simulation. I always enjoyed my computational science modules and knew I wanted to grow in my technical computing abilities. I also enjoyed my experiences in research and contemplated undertaking a PhD.

But I joined LIDA as I wanted to gain hands-on experience working with real data on projects that will affect people’s lives. I am unsure whether I want to pursue a career in academia or industry, and I hope that working as a Data Scientist Intern will give me the experience to be able to make an informed decision about working in research whilst also giving me networking opportunities with people in industry. I believe that working at LIDA will give me the vital computational and soft skills needed to thrive in whatever I do.

What do you hope to get out of your internship?

I want to make full use of the training available to broaden my skillset. I would like to learn to use other coding languages such as R and Java as I believe it will help me be a better all-round professional. I am also very interested in data science techniques such as machine learning. I have been playing around with this in my own time, but I would love to see how machine learning can be implemented in a research environment on real data. This is something I would love to get stuck into as it has many implications in science and medicine.

Where do you see yourself in 12 months’ time?

In 12 months’ time I would hope to be starting a new job in industry or starting a PhD. I am not too sure what the future holds but I am reassured that working as a Data Scientist Intern at LIDA will give me the skills to be able to have options, and the experience to know where I am best suited.

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