Data Science Graduate Intern - Summer 2019

Highmark Health - Pittsburgh, PA3.2

Part-timeEstimated: $74,000 - $99,000 a year
Company :
Highmark Inc

Job Description :

Graduate-level Summer Internship May – August 2019 in the Data Science division of our Analytic Enablement organization of Highmark Health.


This job has the goal of providing the opportunity to acquire practical experience through direct exposure to the related business line(s) and to develop the next generation of diverse business professionals. To that end, the program will provide hands-on training and experience in the business line, expose the various career opportunities in the business line and related areas, and prepare participants for positions in the business.

Typical responsibilities include:
Provide analytic and consultative support to a broad spectrum of internal customer areas and external business partners.
Determine how decision support systems will provide information required to make effective business decisions, translates requirements into applications that employ appropriate decision support and reporting tools.
Use broad experience and technical knowledge to propose solutions to complex business problems.
Drive the implementation of the recommended solutions.
Define issues and ideas to be studied as well as the approach (methodological and technical) to be used in addressing studies and projects.
Create and/or develop new methods of analysis, database design and performance measurement or, in some cases, adaptation of existing solutions to new areas.
Perform modeling of data sources and flows, works with data management staff to define an operational framework that will define, develop and implement policies and security frameworks to ensure precise and secure deliver of knowledge and information.
Provide assistance and depending on skill and experience, lead with interpretation of raw data, statistical results or otherwise compiled information, identify follow-up action items and prepare or assist in the preparation of written reports and/or oral presentation of findings to internal and external audiences, customer managers, clinical staff, compliance agencies, group accounts, providers, agent plans, and brokers.
Develop and maintains moderate- to extremely-complex computer programs using 4GL programming languages (such as SAS, R, SQL) and other database technology (DB2, Teradata, and Oracle).
Other duties as assigned or requested.

Bachelor’s degree
Pursuance of a graduate degree full or part-time in an accredited college or university.

An advanced degree in or related to Statistics, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science.
Strong technical and programming skills with experience in Python, R, shell scripting, Spark, or similar.
Familiarity with data visualization techniques and tools like Tableau, D3, Matplotlib, ggplot, plotly etc.
Familiarity with prototyping apps in Shiny, Flask, etc.
Familiarity with statistical and machine learning techniques as it applies to real world problems. Some examples include Hypothesis testing, Power analysis, Regression, Classification, Clustering, Recommendation Engines, etc.
Must be proficient using large and complex databases, ideally in an HDFS environment. Familiarity with Map Reduce, Hive, etc. would be a plus.
Strong communication skills. Must be comfortable presenting findings and offering recommendations to senior management.


1. Communicate effectively. This position displays effective communication skills while interacting directly with colleagues, clientele, and/or other internal or external constituencies in the planning of assignments and the resolution of day-to-day operational problems.

2. Under supervision, provide professional services as appropriate to the day-to-day operating objectives of the area. Receives guidance, training, and mentoring from senior personnel in planning and carrying out activities and assignments.

3. Undertake and/or participate in projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise appropriate to the needs of the organization.

4. Participate in the planning and implementation of unit projects and initiatives within area of expertise and ability.

5. As specifically requested by management, conducts research and reporting inclusive of recommendations or alternative proposals for action.

6. Undertake related studies or enrichment programs as appropriate to the specific objectives of the operating unit.

7. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement: This position adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies


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