Student Opportunities

Data Science Education Program

Student Teams and Programs

Data Science Vision

The Data Science Education Program's student teams allow students to engage with university staff and faculty to help develop cutting-edge and multidisciplinary data science curriculum. Connecting computing, statistics, and the humanities, the Data Science Education Program reaches throughout campus and welcomes students from all backgrounds to contribute to the success of our education program.

Our student teams and interns are instrumental in driving the efforts of the Data Science Education Program forward. Our students function as researchers, curriculum developers, and ambassadors for data science throughout campus — they are the heart of our program.

General Information About the Application

Students from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply to our student teams! Our recruitment opens every semester for both technical and non-technical roles in a wide variety of positions. Some teams are grouped into the same application, so please pay attention to which application(s) you submit.  You can learn more about our student teams below. Note that not all teams recruit every semester.

Any questions about the application or other data science opportunities should be directed to ds-teams@berkeley.edu.

Recruitment Calendar

Semester

Application Period

Interviews

Position Offers

Fall

Late July to Mid-August Late August Early September

Spring

Early October to Early November Mid-November Early December

Summer

Mid-March to Early April

Summer 2020: Mid- April to Late April
Mid-April

Summer 2020: Early May
Early May

Summer 2020: Mid-May

Curriculum Support Teams

Connector Course Assistants

Teach Data Science

Connector Assistants work with faculty and staff to support the Data 8 connector courses in a wide variety of disciplines. Connector courses weave together core concepts and approaches from Data 8 with complementary ideas or areas from other relevant fields. Along the way, students gain additional experience, broader insights, or deeper theoretical or computational foundations.

Human Contexts and Ethics

Ethical Data

The Human Contexts and Ethics team (HCE) is a passionate team that is dedicated to integrating critical thinking surrounding questions of ethics in technology into the Berkeley Data Science curriculum and community. Some of their work includes case study and dataset development for teaching and collaborative outreach on campus and online.

Data Science Modules

Develop Curriculum

The Modules team develops Jupyter notebooks for courses in a variety of departments throughout campus. Modules are short explorations into data science that give students the opportunity to work hands-on with a dataset relevant to their course or discipline and receive some instruction on the principles of data analysis, statistics, and computing.

Online Learning Support

Support Data 8X

The Online Learning Support (OLS) team primarily helps support the operations of Berkeley's online edX course, Data 8X, and develops new content on a variety of platforms. Students on the OLS team contribute to implementing a large-scale data science education intitiative in collaboration with industry professionals, extending their reach into the wider technology community.

Campus Support Teams

Data Peer Consulting

Data Science Support

Data Peer Consultants help make data science accessible across the broader campus community. They provide their data science expertise to students who need technical help with their research, personal projects, course work, or assignments. They also collaborate with the UC Berkeley Library, D-Lab, and Research IT on data literacy and data science technical workshops. 

Data Science Peer Advising

Major/Minor Advising

Peer Advisors complement the Data Science Advising services by sharing their diverse knowledge of and experiences with major and minor courses, different Data Science Major domain emphases, extracurriculars and student groups on campus, research opportunities, and various campus resources. They also host events such as Course Enrollment Night!

Global Adoption Team

Global Data Science

The Global Adoption team works primarily to help grow a community of practice in data science pedagogy and infrastructure around the world, creating a national community of practice for institituions all over. The Global Adoption team helps the Data Science Education Program with hosting institutions and professors from around the world during their annual Data Science Education workshop.

Infrastructure Team

Develop Software

The Infrastructure team develops and maintains infrastructure and autograding programs for widespread external use. Students in this team are at the exciting intersection between software development and data science education. Infrastructure developed by this team is used by tens of thousands of students online.

Program Support Teams

Discovery Operations

Research Support

The Discovery Operations team supports the Discovery Research Program — one of the largest research programs on campus. Students on this team are able to assist in workshop development and interface and check in with student researchers to gauge the overall health and progress of the program. This team is vital to maintaining a well-functioning and effective data science research program.

Human Resources and Management

Internal Projects

The Human Resources and Management Interns work closely with faculty and staff in the Data Science Education Program to ensure success within the program. Students have the opportunity to help facilitate inter-program communication and collaboration, interact with the student projects within the Data Science Education Program, and assist all student teams throughout the semester.

Communications Team

Marketing & Outreach

The Communications team is a small team of skilled students who focus on highlighting the projects and initiatives within the Data Science Education Program both on- and off-campus. The Communications team helps manage online webpages and promotional materials for the Data Science Education Program, and has helped promote data science at events such as CalDay and the end-of-semester Data Science Showcase.

Strategic Operations

Assist Programs

The Strategic Operations team works closely with faculty, staff, and all of our student teams to develop short- and long-term tasks and goals. The Strategic Operations team is critical in planning events for the Data Science Education Program, and processing financial records for staff, faculty, and vendors. Students on this team also often assist with special projects and operations within the Data Science Education Program as needed.