Data Scientist- 6 month internshipTwinkl

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom 21-08-2023


Location: Permanently located in the UK (option of UK remote working or office working at Sheffield HQ)

Annual Salary: £21,255 pro rata

Contract: 6-month internship, with possible permanent position opportunity

Visa Sponsorship: Not available. All applicants must have the Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the internship

Recruiter: Hope Parkin

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 30th August 2023

About the company:

Twinkl is a renowned global digital educational publisher committed to providing high-quality teaching materials and support to educators. With a mission to help those who teach, our extensive range of teacher-created content includes schemes of work, lesson planning, assessments, online educational games, apps, and augmented reality experiences. In collaboration with Vitruvian Partners, our recent partnership enables us to further explore innovative avenues and expand our support to the global teaching community.

About the Role:

As a Data Science Intern at Twinkl, you'll join a team of 20+ data scientists, analysts and statisticians. You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience across a range of data science projects, helping us to ensure that we derive maximum value from our rich and varied datasets. Our work ranges from ensuring the entire business has the data they need to make data-driven decisions; to maximising subscription uptake measures like retention, upgrade, winback and activation rates; to optimising onsite customer experiences through personalised algorithms.

To ensure you get off to a strong start, you'll participate in an 8-week induction program under the mentorship of one of our senior data scientists. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with key technologies such as SQL, Python, Tableau, and BigQuery, and embrace data-led ways of working. Most importantly, you’ll be able to put these skills to the test on real business problems. After this, you’ll be assigned to one of our teams to work alongside our network of experienced data scientists in that area.

This is an exciting opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into a real-world setting. After successful completion of this fully paid 6-month internship, you’ll have the opportunity to apply to join us as a permanent member of staff.

Past/Ongoing projects:

  • Maximising payment authentication rates to prevent fraudulent transactions while ensuring uninterrupted customer access
  • Enhancing search engine logic with machine learning techniques for an optimised search experience
  • Implementing a hybrid collaborative-filtering approach to display relevant resource page recommendations across our 500,000 resource pages
  • Statistical modelling and forecasting of key business functions to meet user needs effectively
  • Developing data pipelines for near real-time analytics of customer needs to proactively identify and address gaps in our product offering

Visit our Data Science Blog or our Medium page to find out more

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with large datasets to translate data into actionable insights
  • Conduct analysis and develop machine learning models and algorithms to evaluate and enhance Twinkl’s impact in the education sector
  • Work closely with senior leaders, experienced data scientists and a range of others across all levels of the organisation; partnering with them to integrate data-led solutions into our products and services
  • Access in-house training sessions, covering key technical and soft skills
  • Contribute to the creation of data visualisations that provide information to stakeholders, enabling data-driven decision-making


A successful candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic about Twinkl’s mission, education and data science
  • A degree in a STEM field OR 1+ years employed in a data-related role
  • Knowledge of programming languages like SQL or Python
  • Familiarity with data analysis and visualisation tools such as Tableau, pandas or matplotlib
  • Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and capable of acquiring new skills independently
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, with the ability to explain complex concepts in layman’s terms
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Strong analytical mindset, with strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities
  • Capacity to identify viable business opportunities that can be leveraged using data

The application process for the internship:

Step one: submit your application (an up-to-date CV is required along with a tailored cover letter addressing why you are interested in the Data Scientist internship and how your skills and experience will help you to be successful)

Step two: you will be invited to complete an online assessment which is broken down into 3 sections: logical reasoning, problem-solving and working with data questions (approx 30 minutes to complete)

Step three: Those who successfully complete the assessment and who demonstrate their application meets the requirements will be invited to a short phone interview (approx 10-15 minutes)

Step four: Interview with presentation (approx 1 hour)

Step five: Group interview with the data team (approx 1 hour)

As we do not currently provide visa sponsorship, we will only be shortlisting candidates who have the Right to Work in the UK on a permanent basis or the Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 6-month internship.

If you require a reasonable adjustment to the application/selection process to enable you to demonstrate your ability to perform the job requirements please include this at the foot of your covering letter. This will help us to understand any modifications we may need to make to support you throughout our selection process.


In return for everything you can bring, we can offer you an exciting role in a fast-growing and dynamic business, with plenty of career opportunities.

Here are a couple of the things that make Twinkl a great place to be:

  • A friendly, welcoming and supportive culture. We believe work should be fun and always put people before the process
  • Diversity, inclusion and belonging - our Employee Network Program includes working groups for LGBTQ+, People of Colour, Disabilities (visible and invisible), Women in Tech and Working Parents.
  • From day 1 - Westfield Health, 29 annual leave days per year plus up to four additional days that may be awarded each year by the company, flexible working policy with opportunities to work fom home, Twinkl subscription, access to a financial wellbeing coach and platform
  • After probation - company sick pay and cycle to work scheme
  • Long-term service reward after 2+ years of service - Life insurance, enhanced pension contribution, enhanced maternity pay, enhanced adoption pay and enhanced paternity pay.

Applications are now closed