Data Science Intern (Summer 2022)

San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; New York, NY

Our Data Science internship is a 12-week summer experience that blends learning with impact. Our interns are embedded directly into our Data Science teams, contributing immediately on impactful projects and constantly learning.

About Gusto

Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto offices in Denver, San Francisco, and New York serve more than 200,000 businesses nationwide.

Our mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life, and it starts right here at Gusto. That’s why we’re committed to building a collaborative and inclusive workplace, both physically and virtually. Learn more about our Total Rewards philosophy

About the team

The Data Science team leverages Gusto’s data to deliver data-informed insights for our customers and guide product direction and decision-making. We operate full-stack, conducting analyses, prototyping and deploying predictive models and statistical tools both for internal use and for our customers. We are hiring one intern for our Models and Algorithms team and one intern for our Product Analytics team. You will select your team interest in the application. 

Here’s what you’ll do if you join the Models and Algorithms team:

  • Build and deploy models and data products to support growth, prevent fraud, control risk and delight our customers.
  • Enhance and contribute to the team’s core analysis and modeling systems and libraries
  • Identify new opportunities to leverage data to improve Gusto’s products and help our business
  • Present and communicate results to stakeholders across the company

Here’s what you’ll do if you join the Product Analytics team:

  • Work closely with product groups to define, measure and report on core product and feature metrics, and to define standards and practices for how product groups work with data
  • Perform in-depth analyses of our Payroll, Benefits and HR product data to inform and guide product direction and strategy
  • Design and analyze customer-facing experiments
  • Work with our business intelligence teams to turn your insights and analyses into clean and consistent reporting
  • Be a strong voice for a data-informed point of view within our engineering, product and design organization
  • Collaborate with UX research to design surveys and provide quantitative insights on customer experience

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • Students pursuing an MS degree in Data Science or PhD in a quantitative field, or graduating from a Data Science certificate program, with an expected graduation date between May 2022 and May 2023. Intern start date will either be May 9th, May 23rd or June 13th, 2022.
  • At least 1-2 years experience conducting statistical analyses on large datasets, ideally in a business context (can supplement with academic experience where appropriate)
  • Experience applying a variety of statistical and modeling techniques using Python or R and  familiarity with many of the following techniques - generalized linear models, regularization, ensemble models (e.g., random forest, gradient boosting), Bayesian analysis methods, experimentation.
  • Strong SQL skills, and comfortable in at least one scripting or statistical programming language (Python and/or R)
  • Excellent communication skills - able to effectively deliver findings and recommendations to non-technical stakeholders in a clear and compelling fashion

Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $45/hr in Denver & most remote locations, and $57/hr for San Francisco & New York. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Gusto. 

Gusto is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Gusto considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gusto is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at


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