Data Science for Social Good Academic Internship

The 2019 edition of the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Summer Fellowship will feature a new international site in the UK, through a collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Warwick.

What is the DSSG Academic Internship?

The academic internship (referred to as a Fellowship by the University of Chicago) is a paid project-based summer training programme designed to produce data scientists with strong skills in solving real-world problems and a passion for social impact. Since 2013, over 200 graduate and undergraduate students have spent their summers as academic interns (referred to as Fellows by the University of Chicago) with DSSG, a University of Chicago summer programme. Academic interns work with non-profit and government partners around the world and each of the more than 60 projects to date have helped these organisations do more with their data allowing them to improve their services, interventions and outreach. This year the DSSG programme will run for the first time in the UK. Academic interns will be based primarily at the University of Warwick, with opening, closing and training days at The Alan Turing Institute and other locations in London.

What are we looking for?

Current or recently-graduated undergraduate and graduate students worldwide are eligible for the academic internship. Successful candidates have different skill profiles and backgrounds but are expected to:

  • Have some programming, statistics and data analysis skills in addition to a passion for making social impact.
  • Have had some prior experience using a programming language to analyse data (e.g. Python, R).
  • Be undertaking or have completed postgraduate study or be in their final year of undergraduate study.
  • Have strong communication skills and be passionate about enacting social change.
  • Be able to make a full time commitment for 3 months from 10th June until the 31st August. 

Candidates who do not fit the typical criteria but believe they have both the computational skills and passion to excel, are encouraged to apply.


  • Programme based at the University of Warwick (some events will be held at The Alan Turing Institute and other locations in London).
  • Lectures, hands-on workshops and seminars at both the University of Warwick and The Alan Turing Institute in London.
  • Social events, meet-ups, and other social activities throughout the summer.
  • A generous monthly stipend of between £2000 and £2500 (dependent on experience).  
  • Opportunity to meet and work with students and Mentors from the global data science community.

How to apply:

  • All candidates should apply through the University of Chicago application form.
  • Please note that the ‘Academic Intern’ role is referred to as a ‘Fellow’ and/or ‘Fellowship’ on the University of Chicago webpage and candidates should apply for the Fellowship. The ‘Intern’ role advertised on the University of Chicago site is a separate opportunity and not necessarily available at the University of Warwick programme.  

For any questions regarding the application process please check the FAQs in the first instance or contact the team at the University of Chicago

DSSG 2019 also seeks paid, full-time technical mentors and project managers for the coming summer (three months fixed-term). For more information on these roles please see the DSSG website.

Application deadline: 31st January 2019 12:00 (Chicago time)