Data Science Internship 2024
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Data Science Internship
Contract: 1-year fixed-term
Location: London or Newcastle
Salary: £25,328 in London and £22,623 in Newcastle
We welcome applications to participate in our year-long Data Science Internship Scheme starting from September 2024. This is an entry-level position in our Analysis Hub, aimed at supporting and developing people looking to start a career in data science.
As part of the scheme, you will benefit from dedicated training to develop skills using R, SQL and Python mixed with the opportunity to put those skills into practice. For example, you will spend your time:
applying your quantitative and qualitative skills to large messy datasets to derive new insights;
building and implementing data tools to support our range of assurance work. For example, take a look at the Data Visualisations presented on our website- (https://www.nao.org.uk/?s=Interactive+visualisation&post_type=any), such as Waste Management- (https://www.nao.org.uk/reports/waste-reforms-visualisation/), or Integrated Care Systems- (https://www.nao.org.uk/reports/integrated-care-systems-visualisation/)
collaborating with our financial auditors to review high value, high risk quantitative models which underpin accounting estimates. For example, the value of the student loans book, the rate of fraud and error in tax credit and benefit payments, and the money needed in the future to compensate people who have experienced clinical negligence.
Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
Nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit your CV and complete the application form (links for both documents are below). Please do not submit any other documents as these will not be reviewed. Should the system request a covering letter please submit your completed application form.
All applicants will be invited to complete a numerical reasoning assessment. Following completion of the assessment, initial eligibility screening on your CV, and a review of your application form, we will invite you to complete a technical exercise. This will be followed by a telephone interview and then a final interview. If you are successful, you will start the internship in September 2024.
You'll start out working as a team member in our Analysis Hub. In your first month you will undertake intensive training in our programming and development tools and languages. From your second month you will start to apply the skills you have learned to real life problems, helping the office produce insights into the data we receive from government departments. You will also get the opportunity to collaborate in
the review of government models which produce estimates for the audited financial accounts.
You'll benefit from dedicated training to develop skills using R, SQL and Python, mixed with the opportunity to put those skills into practice developing new applications, as well as getting your hands dirty doing analysis and reviewing models produced by government. By the time you have completed your year, you will have outstanding professional experience
in the application of data science and modelling skills.
No previous experience of audit is necessary, and training will be provided in key data science skills such as R and Python.
An interest in learning programming skills is required; previous programming experience is desirable but not essential.
We do have some minimum criteria which you will need to meet:
120 UCAS points from the 2017 tariff from your top 3 A Level grades (or equivalent). General Studies does not count. If you have 104 UCAS points from the 2017 tariff (or equivalent) you may still be eligible to apply - please email us for further details.
An undergraduate degree course with a substantive quantitative component such as data science, operational research, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, management science, economics (the data science internship is unlikely to be suitable for people studying accounting finance degree courses), where:
o You are in your second year of a sandwich degree course
o You are in your final year and are expecting a 2.1 degree or better, or
o You have completed your undergraduate degree course and achieved a 2.1 degree or better
The closing deadline for applications is Tuesday 21 November 2023.