Data Science Intern, Summer 2018

| Chicago

Groupon is looking for the next wave of great algorithm engineers and data scientists to work on presenting just the right deals to the right users at the right time, for hundreds of millions of daily interactions. We work in small, independent and agile teams, and collaborate with product designers to implement stuff quickly.

These high purpose and demanding roles offer a unique combination of computer science, software engineering, algorithms and applied math, scalable production systems, consumer product thinking, and business revenue optimization. Personalization for Local + Mobile is uncharted territory in ecommerce, and you can make your mark working on that at Groupon. There are not a lot of boundaries here, so expect to make a big impact.

For more information from previous interns, please take a look at our blog gr.pn/internblog

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Focus on a variety of deep data analytics and modeling problems

  • User behavior modeling: Predicting user propensity for click, conversion, and attrition.

  • Personalization: Recommendation algorithms leveraged for both users and merchants

  • Forecasting: Modeling historical data to forecast demand, purchase propensity, merchant risk, etc.

  • Marketing and CRM: Customer life-stage modeling, large-scale advertising on search engines and social media for customer acquisition and continued engagement

  • Optimization: Large-scale linear and nonlinear constrained optimization algorithms for managing the right portfolio of deals in each local market

What to Expect

  • Exposure; Being a household name gives employees the opportunity to work in startup-like environment and focus on deeply interesting work that you wouldn’t get to do anywhere else. Prepare to make a large scale impact in a short amount of time.

  • Professional Development; Participate in weekly “lunch and learns” with other engineering and business functions, skill building workshops, and networking sessions.

  • Fun; Explore the city through our planned intern social outings, and develop your network while getting to know your peers and Groupon’s leaders.

  • Mentorship; Look forward to one-on-one time with dedicated managers and mentors to facilitate your growth throughout the summer internship experience.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an MS or PhD program in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Math, Statistics or related field

  • Preferred emphasis on algorithms, machine learning, data mining, statistics, applied mathematics or similar field

  • Strong coding skills in one or more programming language such as Java/C++/Python/Ruby etc.

  • Understanding of applied math topics such as probability and statistics, linear algebra, basic optimization techniques

  • Experience in SQL, Hadoop, R and scripting preferred

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

  • Passion for consumer experience, a desire to go into uncharted territory with bold new ideas, and a willingness to go the last mile on execution

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.

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Location

Our headquarters is nestled alongside the Chicago River in the bustling River North neighborhood, close to both blue and brown line CTA trains.
600 W. Chicago Ave Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60654

Insider's spotlight

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Groupon provides an environment where I can strive for maximum work-life effectiveness, room for growth, and there is always something new to do. I enjoy spending lots of time at work because I love what I do; the hours are not burdensome, Groupon fits me. I define success in my own terms & Groupon provides us with the flexibility to be successful.

Milan

Senior Manager of Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are working on arriving at the optimal attribution models across different areas of our business. For example, the attribution of a purchase to a specific experience — a home page feature, an email, a push notification — likely has a different window of time where we can reasonably say a specific purchase is a result of a specific experience.

Kristi

Data Scientist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Here at Groupon, what you do matters. I got my start at Groupon as an intern and have had the opportunity in the past (almost) 5 years to build out a global volunteer program that has engaged over 5,000 employees in over 63,000 hours of service supporting the work of close to 650 nonprofit organizations.

Alicia

Program Manager, Employee & Community Engagement

Recently, we committed to having 100% of our job descriptions reviewed for gender balance by the end of 2018. Also for 2018, work will continue with our Employee Resource Groups, who play a pivotal part in the attraction and selection of diverse top talent, and themselves can be developed and promoted into company leaders.

Carlos

Head of Diversity Recruitment

Perks of working here

401(K)
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Dental
Game Room
Health Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Recreational Clubs
Unlimited PTO
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