Data Science Intern

West Health


The Gary and Mary West Health Institute (WHI) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) Medical Research Organization that works with healthcare providers and research institutions to create new, more effective ways of delivering care. We are wholly funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West as part of West Health, four organizations with a common mission—pioneering new and smarter technologies, policies and practices, to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost to all Americans.

About The Data Science Team

The role of the Data Science Team is to provide WHI research projects with quantitative insights and relevant data sources tailored to project goals. We extract, transform, merge, and load large data sources to create descriptive and predictive models of care. We provide visualizations and dashboards to drive insight into a wide variety of research areas for the West Mission. The Data Science team maintains a secure, customized HIPAA-compliant private cloud on AWS that supports all WHI research activities.

Internship Details

The paid internships are three months long, with optional renewal. Work is performed on-site at the WHI office on the scenic North Torrey Pines Road, directly across the University of California, San Diego campus.   Interns work closely with experienced researchers in health economics, public health, biostatistics, machine learning, software development, and clinical data research. Interns receive experience and training with the following:

  • Executing analytical plans and generating data sets from multiple sources using SAS, R, SQL, and Python.

  • Managing, maintaining, and developing database tables and schemas

  • Developing dashboards and visualizations using Tableau, R, and Python.

  • Understanding the configuration and deployment of complex architectures on AWS

  • Understanding the application of machine learning algorithms to healthcare data

Additionally, interns attend internal interdisciplinary seminars on topics such machine learning and statistics using modern open-source technology.

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants must currently be in minimum 3rd year of a degree program a quantitative field

  • Coursework in statistics and statistical methodology

  • Excellent computer programming skills

  • Solid communication and presentation skills

  • Experience with relational databases

  • Linux experience


West Health Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability or veteran's status.

La Jolla, Ca