Discovery Data Scientist, Summer Intern (Hybrid/Remote/Office-based) 


Data Science | Lehi, Utah, United States

Discovery Data Scientist, Summer Intern (Hybrid/Remote/Office-based)

  • Lehi, Utah, United States
  • Data Science
  • Internship

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 


With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 125+ million family trees, and 22+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.


Ancestry is looking for an exceptional, passionate, and highly motivated Data Scientist, Intern to join our Discovery Data Science team this summer. The Discovery Data Science team works primarily with the algorithms behind content recommendation at Ancestry.  We work on challenging problems with more than one possible solution, like record linkage, recommendation engines, and search.  As a Data Science intern, on the Discovery Data Science team you will work on applying existing methods and developing new methods to new record collections and emerging markets, specifically related to record linkage.  These ground-breaking methods are crucial to extending Ancestry’s influence in international markets.

What you will do:

  • Use data and different ML solutions to create meaningful family history products for customers
  • Work with other data scientists and software engineers to develop and deploy ML models at scale
  • Advocate for a data-driven culture and support the long-term value creation through development of outstanding data science capabilities in the areas of predictive modeling, record linkage, neural networks, and graph modeling
  • Contribute to technical discussions, help translate questions into data science problems and find cost-effective solutions to the challenges at hand

Who you are:

  • Pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or other data-related field
  • Experience with multiple end-to-end data science projects: from idea generation and goal formulation to implementation and deliverables 
  • Proficiency in Python and SQL
  • Experience with applied machine learning algorithms and data visualization
  • Nice to have: Some experience or working knowledge of Scala and Spark
  • Nice to have: Previous experience working with record linkage or Graph Neural Networks

Internship Program Details:

  • Students must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. educational institution with a graduation date after August 2023.
  • Summer 2023 program dates are May 15 – September 8 (Please note that we will have three intern onboarding dates to choose from: May 15th, June 5th and June 20th. Students may offboard every Friday, beginning August 11th. All internships must be wrapped up by September 8th.)
  • FULLY PAID temporary housing and travel to and from internship
  • All summer internships will be in Lehi, Utah. You will work a combined hybrid and office-based schedule that allows you to choose which days you come into the office and which days you work from temporary housing/home (Utah students).
  • Interns have the opportunity to network and partner with other interns and industry-leading professionals.
  • You will participate in engaging events including executive speaker sessions, professional development, and our annual Intern Days to showcase your project and work. 
  • Full-time schedule (40 hours/week) required; Monday-Friday.
  • Company-issued laptop and equipment provided for the duration of the internship program.
  • Our interns enjoy mentorship and experience challenging work while receiving a great compensation package, temporary housing, and having a fun captivating experience—we have it all. Oh, and did we mention the possibility of full-time employment once you graduate?

Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.


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