Summer 2024 Data Science Intern- Internal Research & Development

Job Locations US-VA-Herndon | US-VA-Blacksburg
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Strategic Innovation Group


Peraton is seeking Summer 2024 Data Science Interns in support of our Internal Research & Development (IRAD) program which will be conducted in our Herndon, VA or Blacksburg, VA offices or remote.


Join our Technology and Engineering Software Delivery Center and support exciting research projects in areas such as health, finance, defense, and cybersecurity. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a collaborative, supportive environment with our full-time staff, allowing you to grow your skills and your career while building experience in a variety of different projects and domains. You’ll work in an Agile development environment to identify requirements, data, and key insights needed for developing models that derive business value from data science.  You’ll develop code to clean data, develop complex feature sets, and build models using industry leading technologies and frameworks.  And you’ll deploy those models into production environments using techniques that continuously evaluate model quality.


Summer internships are mostly remote, work-from-home positions, but there will be opportunities for in-office experiences for interns residing in Northern VA or Southwestern VA. We ask that each intern be available to work the duration of the ten weeks (June to August) and commit to working a minimum of 35-40 hours per week. This program is geared toward technical college students, actively enrolled at a four-year university, who will be rising into their junior or senior years. However, strong underclassmen may be considered if they have declared their major and have completed qualified coursework.


Required Qualifications:

  • HS Diploma and some advanced level training.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Have completed progress towards a bachelor’s degree in data science, data analytics, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field.
  • Foundational experience in data science technologies such as Python, R, Spark, and SQL.
  • Foundational experience in cleansing and processing data to build features for model development.
  • Hands on experience through coursework and/or prior internships working with data science frameworks such as Tensorflow, Sci-kit learn, Numpy, PyTorch, Matplotlib, Shap, and/or similar tools.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to quickly adapt and learn new technologies and concepts.
  • Self-motivated, independent, detail oriented, responsible team-player.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3.0 and above GPA.
  • Exposure to Agile development processes and tools.
  • Familiarity developing ETL and data quality pipelines that process vast amounts of data.
  • Prior experience with distributed compute architectures such as Spark, Kubernetes, or Docker containers.
  • Ability to describe complex, technical problems to business stakeholders in a non-technical way.
  • Ability to self-manage day to day tasks independently and communicate collaboratively with leadership and other development teams.

Peraton Overview

Peraton drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted and highly differentiated national security solutions and technologies that keep people safe and secure. Peraton serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, civilian, health, and state and local markets. Every day, our employees do the can’t be done, solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.


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