2021 Internships

The following companies are looking for interns in 2021. If you are interested in improving your programming techniques, making connections, or honing your data analysis skills, apply for one of these opportunities.

If your organization would like to include an internship opportunity on our website, complete this form. Interested students will send a letter of inquiry and résumé directly to the contact and location you list.

AbbVie, Inc.

North Chicago, Illinois
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: PhD candidates in statistics or biostatistics
Deadline: February 15, 2021

At Data and Statistical Sciences, we revolutionize the drug development landscape through strategic leadership and operational excellence. We are pioneers in generating and leveraging scientific evidence to provide new treatments that make remarkable impact for our patients. Statistical sciences provide statistics support for all phases of clinical development, as well as global medical affairs.

In this 10–12-week summer program (beginning May/June), the interns will work on statistical research topics related to the pharmaceutical industry. Potential statistical topics include deep learning, historical data borrowing, missing data imputation, and survival analysis, etc. Interns will present project/assignment results and learnings to department management and the broader team at the conclusion of the internship.


  • Be enrolled in a graduate-level curriculum leading to a PhD in statistics or biostatistics
  • Have completed at least two full years of graduate study prior to the start of the internship
  • Have an accumulated GPA of ≥ 3.0
  • Be in good academic standing within your graduate program and overall at your university
  • Have a track record of accomplishment
  • Be authorized to work in the US

Continue to be enrolled in graduate school for at least one semester following the internship

Apply: All candidates should apply via the AbbVie Career website before the deadline.

Contact: Meijing Wu, (847) 937-6266

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Boston, Massachusetts (option to be fully remote)
Positions: 1 or 2
Type: PhD
Deadline: March 31, 2021

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients with severe and ultra-rare disorders through the innovation, development, and commercialization of life-transforming therapeutic products.

Full-time internships at Alexion are available in the summer for 10–12 weeks. Interns will work closely with senior-level statisticians on research topics related to the design and analysis of clinical trials. At the end of the program, interns will have the opportunity to present their findings to the entire Department.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled in a Biostatistics, or related, PhD program. Proficiency in R or SAS. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent attention to detail, and scientific rigor.

Contact: Charles Liu


Thousand Oaks, California
Positions: 2
Type of Student: Graduate, PhD
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Amgen’s 10–12-week internship program offers meaningful projects that affect patient’s lives. The internship provides competitive compensation and the opportunity for interns to participate in executive and social networking events and community volunteer projects. Relocation in the form of a transportation allowance will be provided for eligible candidates.

The intern for this position within the Center for Design and Analysis will work closely with a senior-level statistician or data scientist on topics related to the design and analysis of clinical trials and/or nonclinical research. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will give a presentation summarizing the work completed during the program.

Amgen research and development uses science and innovation to dramatically improve people’s lives in various therapeutic areas, including oncology, nephrology, bone metabolism, cardiovascular, and inflammation.


  • 18 years or older
  • Graduated with bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA or equivalent
  • Completed first year of graduate school before internship starts and currently enrolled in an MBA, master’s, or PharmD program OR holds a PhD from an accredited college or university
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university following the potential internship assignment
  • Not employed at the time the internship starts

Preferred Qualifications

  • Pursuing a PhD in biostatistics, statistics, or mathematics
  • In at least the third year of current program
  • Proficiency in SAS or R on either a UNIX or NT platform

Amgen is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Apply: https://amgen.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Careers/job/US—California—Thousand-Oaks/Grad-Intern—Biostatistics_R-106691

Contact: Anthony Dominguez, (805) 313-1494

Astellas Pharmaceuticals

Northbrook, Illinois
Positions: 2+
Type of Student: PhD candidates in statistics or related disciplines
Deadline: January 29, 2021

Full-time internships are available in the summer for 10–12 weeks. Successful candidates will work closely with a senior-level statistician on topics related to the design and analysis of clinical trials and statistical research.

The project will be a hands-on learning experience involving both statistical and related data review and data analysis programming tasks. The programming tasks will involve use of SAS, R, and/or other statistical software on the UNIX platform or PC.

To be considered, applicants must have completed at least two years of graduate-level course work and be working on their dissertation toward a PhD in statistics or biostatistics. The applicant must be legally authorized to work in the United States. In addition, applicants should have a good working knowledge of R, S-Plus, or SAS and good communication skills.

Apply: Send a CV and/or a letter of recommendation to the Astellas Statistics Internship Committee.

Battelle Memorial Institute

Columbus, Ohio
Positions: 3
Type of Student: Undergraduate, master’s, PhD
Deadline: November 1

Data Science Intern (SU21), Software Engineering Co-op (SP21), Software Engineering Intern (SU21)

Contact: Juli Garn

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Whippany, New Jersey
Number of Positions: 4
Type of Student: PhD candidates in (bio)statistics or related field

As an intern within the pharmaceuticals statistics US department, the incumbent will gain a direct view into research and development at Bayer and witness how clinical trials influence the decisions made during the drug development process.

The selected individual will have the opportunity to work on a research project with senior biostatisticians in a fast-paced environment. They may become involved in the analyses of clinical trial data, programming, and providing support to highly knowledgeable trial statisticians and project statisticians.

At the end of the internship, the intern will present their research project to the statistics department and a nonstatistical audience.


The successful candidate must be a high performer interested in the interactions between science and policy, wanting to work with dynamic people and contribute to a changing environment.

Good oral and written communication skills. Good working knowledge of SAS and/or R.

Candidates must be available for a three-month assignment working with statisticians at Bayer’s Whippany, New Jersey, site from early June 2021 until early-mid August 2021.

As required by current immigration law, it is the student’s responsibility to provide the appropriate documentation showing proof of eligibility to work and earn money in the United States. Housing stipends are available.

To apply, visit Bayer’s career site and search for clinical statistics intern.

Contact: Daniel Haverstock, Global Clinical Statistics Group Leader, 100 Bayer Boulevard, P.O. Box 915, Whippany, NJ 07981-0915; (862) 404-3283


Cambridge, Massachusetts
Positions: 8
Type of Student: PhD students in biostatistics, statistics, or related field
Deadline: January 31, 2021, with rolling offers

The biostatistics department at Biogen will have eight internship positions available for approximately 12 weeks in the summer of 2021. The interns will work with one or multiple senior-level statisticians on research projects closely related to clinical trials or nonclinical research. They will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the drug development process.

The research work will be presented at the departmental seminar, and/or the company poster session and may lead to an internal study report or a peer-reviewed publication.

Eligible candidates must have completed two years of graduate work and passed a doctorate qualification exam prior to the start of the internship, must return to school in fall 2021, and must be legally eligible to be employed in the United States. In addition, candidates should have a solid understanding of statistical inference, a strong working knowledge of SAS and/or R, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively summarize and communicate research results.

Apply: Send a CV to James Xiao, 225 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02142; (617) 679-3197

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ridgefield, Connecticut
Positions: Up to 5
Type of Student: Current MS or PhD students in biostatistics, statistics, or a related degree program
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Boehringer Ingelheim will have multiple full-time summer biostatistics internship openings for approximately 12 weeks (May/June to August/September; dates flexible). As a biostatistics intern, you will work with a senior-level statistician on a statistical research project related to the pharmaceutical industry and clinical trials. Potential topics include survival analysis, Bayesian methods, dose-finding, etc., with applications to oncology, immunology, cardiology, respiratory, or central nervous system disorders. Interns are expected to present the results of their research at the end of the program and may have the opportunity to summarize their work in a peer-reviewed publication.


  • Must be a graduate student in fields related to statistics, biostatistics, data science, computer science, epidemiology, public health, or mathematics with good academic standing (cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • Must have completed 12 credit hours on a related major and/or other related coursework
  • MS or PhD candidate with at least two years of study by the time the internship starts
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in conducting statistical analyses using SAS or R

Apply: https://boehringer.taleo.net/careersection/global+template+career+section+28external29/jobdetail.ftl?job=2010875&lang=en&sns_id=mailto#.XWbgzxT08_Q

Contact: Songqiao Huang or Sheng Qiu, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 900 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877; (203) 798-5028 or (203) 798-4739

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Princeton, New Jersey; Berkeley Heights, New Jersey; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Master’s or doctoral students in statistics, biostatistics, or data science
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Full-time internships are available in the summer and will last 10–12 weeks. Part-time internships are available during the school year and may continue for longer periods. Starting and ending dates are flexible.

Successful candidates will work closely with a senior-level statistician on statistical methodology and/or application topics related to the design and analysis of clinical trials and/or nonclinical research in a variety of therapeutic areas.

To be considered, you must have completed at least two years of course work and be working on your thesis or dissertation toward a master’s or doctorate in statistics, biostatistics, or data science. Successful candidates must have effective oral and written communication skills and good working knowledge of SAS and/or R and/or Python.


  • Be authorized to work in the US or corresponding region
  • Not be employed at the time the internship starts

Apply: Send unofficial graduate transcripts, a résumé, and a cover letter to Margaret Brossman.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati, Ohio
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Graduate, PhD
Deadline: November 1, 2021

Biostatistics and epidemiology are fundamental scientific components in biomedical, psychosocial/behavioral, and public health research. The Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (DBE) offers an advanced internship program designed to offer aspiring students training opportunities in biostatistics and epidemiology. The hands-on experience will complement and enhance the student’s classroom education.

The term “biostatistics” is used in a broad sense, encompassing the following:

  • Mathematics and computational statistics
  • Design and analysis of controlled experiments
  • Quasi-experiments, nonexperiments, and observations
  • Big data sciences such as analysis and modeling of omics, geospatial, functional, and imaging data

The program was founded in 2007, and 20+ students had completed the program as of 2019. Scholarships and travel awards are available to intern students on a merit basis. Students are encouraged to conduct their thesis/dissertation research on methodological-related issues motivated by real research questions under joint advice from faculty in DBE and the student’s current academic program.

Program Objectives

  • Provide educational and research experience in biomedical, psychosocial/behavioral, and public health areas to students who are studying in degreed programs of biostatistics, epidemiology, and data sciences, as well as other closely related areas
  • Provide students with hands-on experience with statistical consultation, collaboration, and methodology research related to biomedical, psychosocial/behavioral, and public health research

Contact: Bin Huang, c/o Tyra Valenzuela-Ray, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., MLC 5041, Cincinnati, OH 45229; (513) 803-4447

The D. E. Shaw Group

New York, New York
Positions: 14
Type of Student: All degree levels
Deadline: Rolling applications

Are you a math ace who wants to test Bayesian priors on complex data sets, a finance whiz who can help us analyze global securities markets, or a humanities student eager to tackle complex, multidisciplinary problems? Then you may be the right match for our internship program.

Apply: www.deshaw.com/careers/internships

Dordt University

Sioux Center, Iowa
Positions: 5–6
Type of Student: Undergraduate
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Undergraduate students with an interest in statistical genetics and biostatistics are encouraged to apply to participate in the 16th consecutive year of our nationally recognized undergraduate research program in statistical genetics. Successful applicants will work with a team of undergraduate students on cutting-edge problems in statistical genetics leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional and national conferences. Visit the statistical genetics website for more information, a link to this year’s project descriptions, and an application.

Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend for the ~eight-week program, which runs from June 7 to July 30, 2021. Free apartment-style housing and funds for travel to/from Sioux Center, Iowa, will be provided.

Applicants must be US citizens. Some hiring may take place prior to the deadline, so applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.

Contact: Nathan Tintle, (712) 722-6264

Edwards Lifesciences

Irvine, California
Positions: 2
Type: graduate

Data extraction and evaluation in data lake using machine learning/AI approach (field of Data Science)

Contact: Terry Johnson, One Edwards Way, Irvine, CA 92614

Eli Lilly and Company

Indianapolis, Indiana
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Candidates are enrolled in a graduate-level curriculum leading to a PhD or master’s degree in statistics or biostatistics. PhD students are required to have completed at least three years of graduate work by May 2021.
Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Statistics, Data, and Analytics Division of Eli Lilly and Company anticipates having several internship positions available for the summer of 2021. The internships start in either May or June and last 12 weeks.

We will provide you with practical experience and give you the opportunity to build your understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and Eli Lilly and Company. Successful candidates will be assigned specific projects to work on under the guidance of a Lilly statistician or statistical analyst (mentor).

Preferred skills for candidates include demonstrated leadership and the ability to influence; excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills; strong problem-solving skills; strong computational skills; creativity and innovation; and self-management skills.

Apply: PhD students, master’s students

Contact: Alexandria Pernell, Global Recruiting and Staffing

The Emmes Company

Rockville, Maryland
Positions: 3
Type of Student: MS or PhD in statistics or biostatistics

The biostatistics intern will work closely with biostatisticians on biomedical research projects across a variety of disease areas. Interns meet with epidemiologists, project coordinators, and biomedical investigators and will contribute to the design and analysis of clinical research projects.

The internship posting will be live for applications on the Emmes Career Center in January 2021.

Contact: Kate Salava, (301)251-1161

Genentech, Inc.

South San Francisco, California
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: PhD
Deadline: January 15, 2021; applications submitted by December 18, 2020, will receive priority review

The biostatistics summer interns will work for 10–12 weeks under the supervision of experienced biostatisticians on theoretical or applied problems with direct relevance to ongoing clinical or nonclinical drug development in diverse therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology, infectious disease, ophthalmology, and neuroscience. The specific topics may cover research problems from translational research to late-stage clinical trials and post-marketing evaluations. At the end of the internship, each student will give a department-wide presentation on the intern project(s). It is not uncommon for an intern to summarize their work in a peer-reviewed publication.

Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes biotherapeutics for patients with significant unmet medical needs. At Genentech, we are passionate about finding solutions for people facing the world’s most difficult-to-treat medical conditions. Our founders believed hiring talented, enthusiastic people would make Genentech a success. Today, we still believe our employees are our most important asset. For this reason, we aim to provide employees with a stimulating and collaborative environment where they can make important contributions to medicine and thrive as professionals. We commit ourselves to high standards of integrity in contributing to the best interests of patients, the medical profession, our employees, and our communities based on the continual pursuit of scientific excellence.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and current graduate students pursuing a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or related field who have completed at least one year of graduate work by May 2021 and will be returning to school in the fall of 2021. The applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US. In addition, applicants should have good working knowledge of R or SAS and good communication skills.

Apply: https://go.gene.com/biostatsummerintern2021

Contact: gnebiostatsummerintern@gene.com


Upper Providence, Pennsylvania
Positions: 2
Type of Student: PhD
Deadline: February 12, 2021

GSK is a science-led global health care company dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, and live longer. Pre-clinical statisticians play key roles in GSK’s discovery of new medicines, collaborating with top scientists to advance exciting, innovative ideas in drug discovery.

Research statistics—the preclinical biostatistics division of GSK—is seeking innovative, flexible, and pragmatic people who enjoy solving challenging problems for a 10–12-week full-time summer internship position. The selected candidates will have the opportunity with other statisticians and GSK scientists to address drug discovery questions with statistical methods. Potential statistical topics include experimental design, mixed models, repeated measures, analysis of high-dimensional data, machine learning algorithms, and Bayesian methods.

Candidates must be currently enrolled students seeking their PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or a closely related field and must have completed two years of graduate study (i.e., coursework equivalent to an MA/MS in statistics).

Contact: Andrew Gehman


Bay Area, California; New York, New York; Seattle, Washington
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: PhD in a quantitative discipline
Deadline: January 22, 2021

Google’s statisticians and data scientists/quantitative analysts work within our software engineering organization, including life sciences, geo, machine learning, technical infrastructure, search, YouTube, and advertising. We analyze huge sets of data and continually run live experiments to help drive critical decisions at Google. We support the development of innovative, highly scalable, next-generation technologies through deep research and advanced analysis.


  • Work with large, complex data sets on open-ended problems using analytical methods
  • Conduct end-to-end analysis from processing data, build models, run experiments, make recommendations, and present results
  • Interact cross-functionally with a wide variety of people and teams
  • Work closely with engineers to identify opportunities for, design, and assess improvements to Google products
  • Provide research on topics including Google’s business model and novel search techniques
  • Produce quantitative and qualitative modeling of business dynamics, user behavior, etc.


  • Currently pursuing a PhD in a quantitative discipline (e.g., statistics, biostatistics, computer science, physics, math, applied mathematics, operations research, economics) or another discipline involving experimental design and quantitative analysis of data
  • Experience in either R or Python
  • Experience using technology to work with data sets such as scripting and statistical software
  • Experience with statistical methods such as linear models, multivariate analysis, stochastic processes, and sampling methods


  • Track record of developing intellectual capital such as published works
  • Effective analytical and technical skills
  • Basic familiarity with SQL
  • Returning to a degree program after the internship ends

Apply online from January 4–22, 2021.

Contact: Google.com/students

Janssen R&D, a Division of Johnson & Johnson

Spring House, Pennsylvania; Titusville, New Jersey; Raritan, New Jersey; La Jolla, California; Remote
Positions: 8
Type of Student: PhD candidate
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Family of Companies, is recruiting for quantitative sciences summer interns.

Janssen Research & Development, LLC discovers and develops innovative medical solutions to address important unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Quantitative sciences integrates statistics and decision sciences and clinical pharmacology and pharmacometrics in a single aligned organization as part of Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

For Statistics and Decision Sciences (SDS), summer internships are available for students working toward a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or a related discipline. Students will have the opportunity to work with practicing statisticians and learn about statistical applications specific to clinical or nonclinical pharmaceutical industry settings. Our teams benefit from the student’s academic training and, in turn, contribute to the professional development of the student and have a first-hand opportunity to evaluate the student’s potential for future employment.

In this role, students will be involved in activities such as supporting research and development in areas that range from drug discovery through phase 2 and 3 clinical studies and, concurrently, pharmaceutical manufacturing, including data preparation, graphical exploration of data, statistical model building and analyses, report writing, and writing of computer programs or applications associated with the statistical analyses. Other activities may include designing experiments, conducting simulations to evaluate optimal designs, and participating in methodological development.

Qualifications and Notes

  • Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college (not necessarily taking classes) and pursuing a PhD in biostatistics, statistics, data science, or a related discipline.
  • Students must be available for 10–12 weeks from May to August and have the ability to work full time during that time.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is preferred.
  • Remote work options will likely be available as they were in 2020 due to the pandemic. If J&J onsite internships are permitted by public health governance in summer 2021, students must be able to provide their own transportation to/from their work location.

The J&J careers site will have a general posting for internships as described above and include the ability to apply in December. The search terms “intern statistics” or “SDS” (without the quote marks) should provide a listing that includes the summer intern item.

Additional information and the application form can be found at the JNJ careers site

Contact: sdsrecruiting@its.jnj.com

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Boston, Massachusetts
Positions: 20–25
Type of Student: MS or PhD students enrolled in program during summer 2021
Deadline: Rolling; early applications encouraged for immediate consideration

Calling all aspiring data scientists! Here’s the perfect opportunity to grow your knowledge and skills in key areas such as cloud computing, machine learning, and various modeling techniques and software.

In the 10–12-week data science graduate-level internship, you’ll build robust models and use statistical software such as R, Python, and SAS to solve critical business problems in product management, claims, distribution, marketing, HR, legal, finance, and other business functions.
At the conclusion of your summer internship, you’ll deliver a presentation of your work and skills to your colleagues and the data science management team.

The data science graduate-level internship may be your first step toward pursuing a rewarding career at Liberty Mutual, one of the leading property and casualty insurers in the United States. Our interns often transition into full-time opportunities at our Boston, Chicago, and Seattle offices.

Apply: Visit lmi.co/graduate, type in 2020-31932 in the job keyword field, click “Search Jobs,” and follow the instructions for applying. You must submit a copy of your résumé. All interviews will be conducted virtually.

Contact: GradCampusRecruiting@LibertyMutual.com

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico
Positions: 8–15
Type of Student: High school, undergraduate, graduate
Deadline: Priority given to applications received by February 1, 2021

The Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for interns interested in exploring a career in research, development, and collaborative application of statistical methods. Our summer internship program is an important part of our recruitment pipeline, and many of our current staff members got their starts as summer interns with our group.

Recent group projects have addressed statistical challenges in a wide range of science, technology, and engineering areas such as materials science and advanced manufacturing, environmental modeling, next-generation energy science and technology, space and planetary systems science, cosmology, epidemiology and public health, cyber security and network science, image and multi-source signals analysis, and analysis of complex engineered systems including the nuclear stockpile. Simulation and high-performance computing, including novel architectures, play a large and growing role in many of these applications.

Students will have the opportunity to develop and use methods from areas such as spatial statistics, time series, machine learning, reliability, design of experiments, computer experiments, Bayesian methods, functional data analysis, stochastic processes, hierarchical models, industrial statistics, uncertainty quantification, data fusion, graphical models, advanced regression techniques, and statistical computing.

Internships are typically 10–12 weeks during the summer. The exact timing and length can be arranged to accommodate student and mentor schedules. Student salaries are competitive and depend on the years of education completed.

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national and global security. Student interns will have access to a range of outdoor recreational pursuits and proximity to the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, opera, and cultural events. In the event of continued COVID-19 restrictions, we plan to accommodate remote internships.

Apply: Send a cover letter email with a résumé to Carrie Ryan using the subject line “Summer 2021 Internship.”

Contact: Carrie Ryan

The Lubrizol Corporation

Wickliffe, Ohio
Positions: 4–5
Type of Student: Undergraduate, graduate, PhD
Deadline: February 5, 2020

Lubrizol is an innovative specialty chemical company owned by Berkshire Hathaway with technologies that improve the performance of our customers’ products in the global transportation, industrial, and consumer markets. At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability, or wellness to their end users. What does that mean in the real world? Fewer emissions for cleaner air. A smoother, safer drive. Great looking hair. Fibers that breathe and coatings that stay bright. Safer, more comfortable patient care. And that is just to name a few. We’re always looking for ways to make the best better.

The statistics and data analytics team is charged with creating systems that enable highly effective product development via virtual experimentation, optimization, and knowledge discovery. In addition, the team provides data science consulting services to the Lubrizol technical community throughout the world. The project work depends on the skills/interests of the intern and the current needs of the department.

Apply: lubrizol.com/careers

Contact: Allison Rajakumar; 29400 Lakeland Blvd., Wickliffe, OH 44092; (440) 347-4679

Merck Research Laboratories

Suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rahway, New Jersey; Kenilworth, New Jersey
Positions: 15
Type of Student: Graduate
Deadline: Rolling

The Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) Department has approximately 15 internships in preclinical biostatistics and clinical biostatistics for full-time graduate students pursuing an MS or PhD in statistics or biostatistics.

Interns will work closely with an experienced pharmaceutical industry statistician to perform statistical analysis of data from and/or statistical research related to basic drug research, clinical pharmacology, drug and vaccine development, biomarker development, or pharmacogenomics.

Candidates must be currently enrolled students and have completed at least two semesters of graduate work toward an MS or PhD in statistics or biostatistics by May 2021.


  • Candidates must be available to work full time for up to 12 weeks beginning in May or June of 2021
  • Candidates must have effective oral and written communication skills
  • Candidates must have a good working knowledge of SAS, S-Plus, and/or R

Apply: Visit our career site to create a profile and submit your résumé for “2021 Biostatistics Graduate Intern.” Résumés will not be accepted via email.


Redmond, Washington/Sunnyvale, California/ Remote
Positions: 2
Type: Graduate
Deadline: Rolling

Industry Research
Gray Systems Lab (GSL) is an applied research lab under Azure Data. We do research and development for databases, big-data, and cloud systems, working in close collaboration with product teams to design innovative solutions for real-world problems. Our inclusive and welcoming team currently has focus areas in topics such as machine learning for systems, systems for machine learning, resource management, query optimization and execution, storage systems, modern/future hardware (e.g., NVM and FPGAs), program analysis, and data provenance, all centered around both internal and open-source systems, such as Spark, SQL Server, MySQL, Hadoop, MLflow, ONNX, and others. We provide opportunities to work on ideas from internal collaborations, as well as external ones with partner universities, and to continue to be an active scholar in the research community.

We are looking for highly motivated graduate students, who are interested in cutting edge research in close collaboration with advanced industry product groups. Past internships have resulted in a combination of impact on production systems and publications at top conferences. Applicants should demonstrate a track record in one or more systems, database, or data science topics and an aptitude for hands-on system building and design methodology to run and analyze experiments at scale.


The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Division under the Directorate for Social and Behavioral Economic Sciences for the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Alexandria, Virginia
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral in a field related to the NCSES mission
Deadline: Rolling

The NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) provides policymakers and the public high-quality information about the science and engineering enterprise—a role NCSES has held for more than a half century. NCSES collects and provides data on research and development (R&D); the science and engineering workforce; competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D; and the condition and progress of STEM education in the United States. With the continued rise and expansion of the knowledge and innovation economy, the center’s work in designing and carrying out national data collection efforts and developing indicators and analysis on relevant topics in these areas has increased in importance.

  • Do you want to learn from top researchers and subject-matter experts in data analysis, statistics, economics, science policy, research, and more?
  • Are you looking for real-world experience in cutting-edge research from the world’s premier source for data and information on the science and engineering enterprise?
  • Do you want to develop skills within and outside your field of study and interest and earn a competitive edge?
  • Do you want to network with your peers, travel, and participate in educational events?

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to explore a federal career with NSF and gain a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent, and skills in a variety of settings.

Activities may include interpreting data and analyzing results using appropriate methods, techniques, and visualizations; identifying, analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing trends and patterns in complex data sets; gaining knowledge of state-of-the-art statistical, analytical, and visualization methods and techniques through reading, attending meetings with federal and nonfederal researchers and analysts, and participating in professional meetings.

Interns may also have the opportunity to make use of, support, and improve key NCSES and National Science Board products such as the Science and Engineering Indicators; National Patterns of R&D Resources; Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report; and Annual Business Survey.

Selected participants will receive a competitive stipend for living and other expenses as determined by the NSF. Stipends are determined by the participant’s academic standing, discipline, and experience. Participants may also be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance, reimbursement for travel expenses, and a travel/training allowance for professional development and travel to professional meetings.

Appointments vary by project, including summer, part-time, and one-year appointments. Appointments may be extended based on project needs and funding availability.

Contact: ncsesapog-staff-contractors@nsf.gov and Jason L. Johnson, 2415 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 292-8780

Apply: Please send your resume to both the listed contacts in this announcement for initial consideration and applicants will then be provided with the next step in the application process.


Remote; East Hanover, New Jersey; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Fort Worth, Texas; Princeton, New Jersey
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Graduate, PhD
Deadline: January 31, 2021

The department of analytics at Novartis will have multiple internship positions available for approximately 12 weeks in 2021 (May to August; dates flexible).

At Novartis, we are reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We have one of the most diverse product pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry, and performance-driven professionals are bringing innovative medicines to life.

Interns will work on statistics, pharmacometrics, or data science projects to design and analyze clinical trials and/or perform relevant quantitative research under the guidance of experienced quantitative scientists. Various real-world problems will give interns hands-on exposure to the early and late phases of drug development across different therapeutic areas, including oncology, cardiology, immunology, neurology, ophthalmology, and respiratory care. Potential topics include machine learning (e.g., deep learning), survival analyses, causal inference, Bayesian statistics, disease progression modeling, and/or PK/PD modeling. Interns will also attend seminars and other activities to enhance their understanding of the drug development process. There will be opportunities for interns to present their project results to quantitative scientists and other key stakeholders.

Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level program working toward a PhD in biostatistics, statistics, pharmacometrics, engineering, or a related discipline and have completed at least 1.5 years of course work. Competitive candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills and strong problem-solving skills. Working knowledge of R or SAS—as well as a strong background in NONMEM, Python, and/or other software/languages—is preferred.

Apply: Send your CV to internships.analytics@novartis.com

Novartis Gene Therapies

San Diego, California
Positions: 1
Type of Student: PhD

Methods development for novel clinical trial designs in gene therapy. Reimbursement for travel to San Diego and housing will be provided. Remote work is also possible depending on the COVID situation.

Apply: https://internal-avexis.icims.com/jobs/5660/biostatistics-intern%2c-early-clinical-biostatistics/job?mode=apply&apply=yes&hashed=-336033046

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richland, Washington
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Undergraduates, Post-baccalaureate, Master’s, or, PhD candidates in statistics or biostatistics
Deadline: February 26, 2021

PNNL is seeking students or post-baccalaureate research associates for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP).


Contact: Alexa Williams University Recruiter

Pfizer Inc.

Remote; La Jolla, California; Boulder, Colorado; Groton, Connecticut; Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York, New York
Positions: 15
Type of Student: Graduate student in statistics, biostatistics, or related field
Deadline: January 31, 2021

At Pfizer, there are more than 200 statisticians working on all phases of drug development—discovery, development, manufacturing, commercialization. Pfizer is recognized as an industry leader in the use of modeling and simulation to drive drug development. Statisticians are members of the “clinical triad,” in which all members of the statistical, clinical, and clinical pharmacology disciplines bring their respective skills to bear in a collaborative manner to deliver the very best trial designs and analyses.

The internship will consist of up to 480 hours of work commencing as early as April and ending as late as December. The intern’s project will be biomedically oriented, with one-on-one supervision by a senior staff statistician. The work will be a hands-on learning experience focusing on current project needs and will likely involve use of SAS, R, or other statistical software. As part of the internship program, the intern will prepare a written report and brief presentation summarizing the work and forming a permanent record of their efforts.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate study by May 2021 and have work authorization in the US.

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants with a commitment to diversity.

Apply: Submit your application via Handshake (Job ID: #4123533 Pfizer Statistics Internships) at https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4123533. If you do not have a Handshake account, you will be prompted to create one.

Contact: Xun Lin

PRA Health Sciences

Deerfield, Illinois; Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Positions: 2
Type of Student: Graduate, PhD
Deadline: TBD

Work will develop and enrich the knowledge of the CRO industry and programming.

Contact and Apply: internships@prahs.com; (919) 786-8200

StataCorp LLC

College Station, Texas
Positions: 1–3
Type of Student: PhD student in statistics, biostatistics, econometrics, or a closely related field
Deadline: January 20, 2021

Candidates must have completed at least three years of graduate course work; have good statistical, technical writing, and communication skills; and have experience programming in Stata, C/C++, Java, or other statistical and programming languages. Research experience in Bayesian analysis, missing-data methods, multilevel modeling, nonparametric statistics, clinical trials, survival analysis, causal inference, time-series analysis, or panel-data analysis is desirable.

Job duties may include learning how to use and program in Stata, collaborating on projects suitable for publication in the Stata Journal, and assisting in adding new features to Stata, along with testing and documenting those features.

StataCorp LLC is an affirmative action employer—minorities/females/veterans/disability.

Apply: stata.com/internships

Contact: kherring@stata.com; (979) 696-4600

QSURE, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, New York
Positions: 10
Type: Undergraduate
Deadline: January 20th, 2021 at 5 p.m. (EST)

The QSURE internship program is designed for motivated undergraduate students with a passion for quantitative science. Each student will be paired with an expert mentor to work on an individual, data-driven research project that aims to answer pressing questions in cancer. The program will provide hands-on skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, health outcomes, and/or computational oncology. The QSURE program is funded by the National Cancer Institute (R25 CA214255).

QSURE interns will receive training in scientific as well as career development skills, including:

  • Hands-on research experience carried out under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Quantitative skills and familiarity with methods used in cancer and population health research
  • Exposure to a wide application of data through internal and external speakers
  • Education in the responsible conduct of research
  • Training in oral and written scientific presentation
  • Resources for career development
  • Understanding of options for graduate study and careers
  • A supportive cohort of like-minded peers

Applications for summer 2021 are open! The program will run from June 7th to August 13th.

We are currently anticipating holding this internship in person, but will make a final determination about virtual vs in person in the Spring. We will continue to assess New York State guidelines and will post updates here.

Apply: Online

Questions: Send an email to bstQSURE@mskcc.org

Contact: Richard Koppenaal

Sanofi US, Inc.

Bridgewater, New Jersey; Cambridge, Massachusetts
Positions: Multiple
Type: PhD candidate in statistics or biostatistics
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Successful candidates will work on design and analysis of early- and late-phase clinical trials and statistical methodology research under the supervision of senior-level statisticians.

Candidates must have completed at least two years of graduate coursework and be working on a dissertation toward a PhD in statistics or biostatistics. Requirements include effective oral and written communication skills and knowledge of SAS and/or R. Python is a plus.

Apply: Email CV and (un)official graduate transcript to Xiaodong Luo.

Contact: Xiaodong Luo, Department of Biostatistics and Programming, Sanofi US Inc., 55 Corporate Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

STATKING Clinical Services

Fairfield, Ohio
Positions: 1
Type of Student: Graduate
Deadline: March 1, 2021

This internship will include composition of statistical documents for clinical trials, as well as writing SAS code to compute sample sizes and perform data analyses.

This is an onsite position, lasting 10–12 weeks during summer 2021. Start and end dates are flexible, provided the selected candidate is available for a minimum of 10 weeks. A monthly stipend of $3,000 will be provided. A separate housing allowance is included.

Apply: Send cover letter and current CV to info@statkingclinical.com.

Contact: Lori A. Christman, 759 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014; (513) 858-2989, Ext. 317

Symbiosis Statistical Institute

Pune, Maharashtra, India
Positions: 5
Type: Postgraduates (Masters in Applied Statistics)
Deadline: April 2021

Government-funded research project based on modeling and simulation, longitudinal data, etc.

Contact: Sharvari Rahul Shukla, Pune, India

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: PhD candidates in biostatistics, statistics, or related disciplines
Deadline: March 15, 2021

Takeda is a research-based global pharmaceutical company and one of the global leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. Takeda research and development uses science and innovation to improve people’s lives in therapeutic areas such as oncology, rare diseases, neuroscience, and gastroenterology, with targeted investments in plasma-derived therapies and vaccines.

Interns will work closely with experienced industry statisticians/data scientists on topics related to design and analysis of clinical trials and/or preclinical research (e.g., Bayesian methods, innovative trial designs, RWD/RWE, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and data science).

At the end of the internship program, interns will give a presentation summarizing their work and may have the opportunity to summarize their work in a peer-reviewed publication.

Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD biostatistics, statistics, or related program. PhD candidates must have passed qualification exams. Three years or more of training post-bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Apply: Email your résumé and cover letter to biostatistics.intern@takeda.com.

Contact: Jianchang Lin, 300 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139; (617) 444-1200

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Positions: 3
Type of Student: Undergraduate (junior, senior), graduate (MS or PhD)
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Jefferson’s division of biostatistics in the department of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics will sponsor up to three students as summer interns. Interns will do the following:

  • Research statistical topics relevant to biomedical research
  • Apply statistical thinking to biomedical research problems
  • Analyze real-world biomedical data and interpret the results
  • Develop statistical programming skills in SAS, R, and other languages
  • Develop and practice communication of statistical methods and results through written reports and oral presentations
  • Receive guidance and mentoring regarding their future studies and career trajectory

The internship will run for 8–10 weeks from June to August. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, it will take place either in person or remotely. Interns will be paid a stipend, which will be dependent on academic level, experience, and work schedule.

Applicants should have an interest in pursuing a career in (bio)statistics, data science, or another similar quantitative field with a focus on the biomedical sciences and may be current students or recent graduates.

For undergraduate students (or those with an undergraduate degree), any degree program is acceptable, but applicants should have strong mathematical and analytical skills and at least one course in computer programming.

For graduate students (or those holding a graduate degree), the degree program should be statistics, biostatistics, or a similar quantitative field.

Apply: https://jeffline.jefferson.edu/education/programs/biostatistics_si; applications will be reviewed and requests for interviews will be sent on a rolling basis.

Contact: Constantine Daskalakis


Hartford, Connecticut; St. Paul, Minnesota
Positions: 35
Type of Student: Graduate
Deadline: February 28, 2021

As a DSLDP intern at Travelers, you will be exposed to a challenging professional work experience in data science with planned activities giving you insight into the Travelers community and the many ways we solve business problems using cutting-edge statistical and analytical techniques. You will assist in design and develop and program methods, processes, and systems to consolidate and analyze unstructured and structured diverse data sources to generate actionable insights and solutions for client services and product enhancement.

The internship offers a training curriculum focused on data science and business acumen. Other program components include formal mentoring, networking, and career guidance.

DSLDP intern duties will vary based on the specific assignment. Work will include the following:

  • Providing recommendations on projects that deal with data science–related concepts
  • Designing and building statistical models and analyses at the right level of complexity to produce relevant results for the business
  • Identifying, integrating, and structuring complex data flows
  • Identifying new opportunities for analytic solutions
  • Validating, manipulating, and performing data analysis tasks
  • Providing qualitative and quantitative data support to ensure accuracy of metrics

Apply: careers.travelers.com, Job ID R-3753; https://careers.travelers.com/job/11704882/data-science-leadership-development-program-internship-hartford-ct

Contact: Kathy Ziff

University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and the School of Data Science

Arlington, Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia
Positions: 8+ undergraduate and 4+ graduate
Type of Student: Undergraduate students (including recent graduates) in any discipline and graduate students (MS or PhD) with quantitative/analytical skills enrolled at any US university
Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Biocomplexity Institute’s Social and Decision Analytics Division (SDAD) and the University of Virginia School of Data Science are seeking applications for graduate fellows and undergraduate interns for the Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Young Scholars Program. The program will run for 11 weeks (May 24 to August 6) for graduate fellows and 10 weeks (June 1 to August 6) for undergraduate interns. Fellows and interns will work in teams collaborating with postdoctoral associates, research faculty, and project stakeholders. The research teams will combine disciplines—including statistics, data science, and the social and behavioral sciences—to address complex problems proposed by local, state, and federal agencies.

Apply: Send a CV/résumé, transcript, cover letter with your relevant experience and interest in the position, and confidential letters of reference (three for graduate fellows, two for undergraduate interns) to dspg2021@virginia.edu.

Contact: Gizem Korkmaz, Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute, and Co-Director, Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program, University of Virginia, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Suite #2910, Arlington VA 22209

USFDA, Office of Biostatistics, CDER

Silver Spring, Maryland
Positions: Multiple
Type of Student: Graduate students with strong background coursework in biostatistics or statistics; completion of doctoral prequalifying exams preferred
Deadline: March 15, 2021, with rolling offers

The Office of Biostatistics (OB) in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) is recognized for excellence in the application and communication of statistical science in drug regulation and development. We play a central role in promoting innovative, science-based quantitative decision-making throughout the drug development life cycle. We provide statistical leadership, expertise, and advice to foster the expeditious development of safe and effective drugs and therapeutic biologics for the American people.

We anticipate having multiple internship positions available for advanced PhD graduate students in statistics or biostatistics from May 24 to September 3, 2021, to engage in research projects on topics relevant to OB scientific needs.

Interns will gain hands-on experience with regulatory research projects under the guidance of an expert OB mentor using real or simulated data to address real problems in a stimulating, collaborative, and supportive environment. Past research project areas have included modeling and simulation, missing data, noninferiority trials, multiple endpoints, adaptive designs, Bayesian design and analysis methods, meta-analyses, benefit-risk analyses, subgroup analyses, biosimilars, and data-mining. Interns have been involved in the development of statistical methods, software tools, and new drug application databases for the analysis of preclinical as well as pre- and post-market clinical data.

Interns are expected to participate in the internship 40 hours per week at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, with their mentor and cohort. Participants may be able to conduct offsite training on a temporary basis while their mentors and FDA staff are working offsite because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. As part of the internship program, interns will prepare a written report and 30-minute presentation summarizing their work.

Successful candidates must be legally eligible to work in the US. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate work authorization, if applicable. As required by current immigration law, an internship offer is contingent upon the student’s ability to provide the appropriate documentation to prove work eligibility prior to the start of the internship. Our program is administered by and paid through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) via its contract to operate with the US Department of Energy. US citizenship is not required for participation in the ORISE research participation programs at FDA. Due to requirements for issuance of an official FDA identification card, individuals selected for participation in CDER’s ORISE program must be able to successfully pass a tier 1 background investigation for the federal government. To do so, participants must have maintained residence in the United States for a minimum of 36 of the past 60 months as of March 15, 2021. F-1 individuals with curricular or optional practical training authorization are eligible, as are J-1 students with academic training authorization or J-1 exchange visitors.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong computational skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Proficiency with MS Office
  • Solid statistical background
  • Experience with SAS and/or R

Apply: Send CV and cover letter to CDER-OTS-OB-Recruitment@fda.hhs.gov with APPLICATION ORISE 2021 in the subject line. If you have a question, use QUESTION ORISE 2021 as the subject.