Data Science Internship 2021

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Organisation
National Audit Office
Locations

London, United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Application Deadline

Contract: 1-year fixed-term

Location: London or Newcastle

Salary: Over £24,353 in London and over £21,502 in Newcastle

Job Description:

We welcome applications to participate in our year-long Data Science Internship Scheme starting from late Aug/early September 2021 (exact date TBC). As part of the scheme, you’ll benefit from dedicated training to develop skills using R 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/data-vi...;
  • 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.

Responsibilities

Skills required No previous experience of audit is necessary, and training will be provided in key Data Science skills such as R.

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) including Maths. 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 HRServiceDesk@nao.org.uk for further details .
  • Took 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

  • You need to be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules and need to hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.

Some previous programming experience is desirable but not essential

If you are interested in one of these vacancies, please follow the apply button where you will be asked to submit your CV and answer three questions. In your answers to the three questions you may wish to apply the ‘STAR’ model to structure your evidence, where STAR stands for situation, task, action and result.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 25 October 2020.

Once you have submitted your application, we will invite you to complete an online numerical exercise.

If you pass the initial application stage, we will then invite you to complete a technical exercise followed by a telephone interview. This will then be followed by a final interview.

If you are successful, you will start the internship on late Aug/Early Sep 2021 (exact date TBC).


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