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Data Scientist Intern, Summer 2019

| Chicago

 

Can data really help local businesses around the world thrive?

 

Are you ready to test your skills using massive amounts of information to uncover what goes behind business decisions?

 

Groupon’s mission is to become the daily habit in local commerce and fulfill our purpose of building strong communities through thriving small businesses by connecting people to a vibrant, global marketplace for local services, experiences and goods. In the process, we’re positively impacting the lives of millions of customers and merchants globally. Even with thousands of employees spread across multiple continents, we still maintain a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success. If you want to take more ownership of your career, then you're ready to be part of Groupon.

 

As a part of our Technology organization, our Data Science team strives to be the voice of the customer in the decisions Groupon makes. We develop and use ground-breaking data technologies and data science algorithms to sift through large amounts of data and distill it into information about our customers' wants and needs. We then integrate these insights into our automated decision-making systems to constantly improve our services.

 

Now we're looking for the next wave of great 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, 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 huge impact.

 

We're a "best of both worlds" kind of company. We're big enough to have resources and scale, but small enough that a single person has a surprising amount of autonomy and can make a meaningful impact. We're curious, fun, a little intense, and passionate about helping local businesses thrive. Does that sound like a compelling place to work?

 

What You'll Be Doing:

You will be working with big data, leveraging our cutting-edge tech stack, using techniques like machine learning, optimization, deep neural networks, etc. to solve real business problems. You'll work shoulder-to-shoulder with our engineering and science teams. Your assignment will vary depending on the team you are placed into.

 

Here are some example projects that previous interns worked on:

  • Merchant ranking: Determining which merchants to call first based on multiple objectives

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

  • Personalization: Recommendation algorithms 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

  • Deal portfolio selection: 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; you will have 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

 

We’re excited about you if you have:

  • You should be currently enrolled in a 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

  • You have strong coding skills in one or more programming language, such as Java/C++/Python/Ruby etc.

  • You have an understanding of applied math topics, such as probability and statistics, linear algebra, basic optimization techniques

  • Experience in SQL, Hadoop, R and scripting preferred

  • You are an excellent and efficient communicator

  • You have a 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’s purpose is to build strong communities through thriving small businesses. To learn more about the world’s largest local ecommerce marketplace, click here for the latest Groupon news. Plus, be sure to check out the values that shape our culture, guide our strategy and make our company a great place to work. And just don’t take our word for it. Hear from real Groupon team members and learn more about our employee resource groups. If all of this sounds like something that’s a great fit for you, then click apply and let’s see where this takes 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.

An Insider's view of Groupon

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

What projects are you most excited about?

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

What are Groupon Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Recreational Clubs

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fitness benefits. Free office shuttles. Paid parental and family leave. Comprehensive sales training program. Sense of joy. Onsite cafes. Unlimited Routine Time Off (RTO). Flexible spending accounts. Life & AD&D insurance. 401(k). Disability coverage.

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