Data Science Intern, Summer Internship (Crime Lab New York)

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New York

13760 Urban Crime Labs

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Job Information

Job Summary:

The data science research assistant intern will be working under the guidance of the research staff on building, implementing, and evaluating predictive models. Day to day work will consist of collecting and organizing different datasets, deriving summary statistics of those datasets, and helping to implement machine learning models. The intern will explore existing social policies to guide the research efforts, and may work on preparation of work products for dissemination (report formatting and writing). This is a great opportunity to see how predictive analytics impact public policy, to gain a deeper understating of policy research, and to develop research skills.

This position is located in downtown New York City close to City Hall.

This internship is a paid, full-time opportunity during the summer (generally 10 weeks).


  • Building, implementing, and evaluating predictive models
  • Collecting and organizing different datasets, deriving summary statistics of those datasets, and helping to implement machine learning models.
  • Explore existing social policies to guide research efforts
  • May work on preparation of work products for dissemination (report formatting and writing).

  • Interest in and aptitude for developing advanced programming and analytic skills for working with administrative data
  • Strong attention to detail with good organization skills required
  • Self-motivated; ability to work independently and manage ongoing tasks on tight timelines
  • Responsive to email
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well with research teams in a collaborative environment

Additional Requirements

  • This position is open to qualified candidates at any level (Bachelors, Masters, or PhD).
  • Coursework in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, or a related field required.

  • Experience with collecting data from public APIs and working with messy data sets is a plus.
  • Experience or knowledge of urban policy/criminal justice issues a plus

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Intermediate statistical data analysis skills, with the ability to use Python or R, are strongly preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Coding sample
  • Transcripts

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/3/2018
Application Due: 4/8/2018
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