Short data science projects overview


Overview of data science placement projects

Inject some data science creativity into your organisation through The Data Lab MSc Industrial Placement Programme

An overview of The Data Lab MSc Placement Programme

The Data Lab is looking to place students on a 8-12 week industrial placement for summer (June-August) 2022 (placements are also available for the period September – December 2022).

These students are studying a range of MSc courses in AI, data science and data engineering, in a variety of domains including in health and social science, urban analytics and policy, GIS, Business/Fintech, and satellite applications, at universities across Scotland. This programme has been running since 2016, successfully matching students in organisations in all sectors of the Scottish economy.

  • Organisations are supported by The Data Lab from initial contact and discussions around potential projects. The Data Lab will support your organisation through the whole process to project delivery.
  • Prior to applying for the Placement Programme, students must attend sessions delivered by The Data Lab on Employability skills including CV writing; interview preparation and self-promotion and networking using social media platforms.
  • The Data Lab will profile all students and match them to suitable host organisation projects.
  • There is no fee for your organisation to join The Placement Programme, but as this is a paid industrial placement, students must be paid by the organisation the current National Living wage.

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Next steps and guidelines for organisations interested in joining The Data Lab MSc Placement Programme

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we understand that employers will be operating in a number of different ways in regards to remote/hybrid working. If working mainly remotely, the student will be required to be in regular contact with the host organisation during placement (daily if required) and must be provided with access to the data and any specialist equipment required to deliver the project. If the project requires the student to work mainly/full-time in the office and remote work is not feasible please provide this detail when submitting your project form with reasoning. It is our duty to ensure that students are working in a safe manner at all time and are comfortable with the expectations in relation to work location. Read more about how this worked out for one of our students on a placement with Marine Scotland. Next steps
  • The Data Lab invites organisations to register their interest in taking part in the MSc Placement Programme – contact now.
  • The Data Lab will arrange a call to give you further details on the Placement Programme and assistance in naming your project.
  • The Data Lab will help you to complete a Project Form detailing your organisation’s Placement Project details. The form will enable you to articulate the technologies and competencies required for your Project.
  • You should ensure all necessary funding (internal and external) is in place before submitting the Project form.
  • The Data Lab will match the most suitable student to your Project based on the information supplied in your Project  Form.  One student CV will be presented to you as a best match to your project. Please do not request additional student CVs until you have met and assessed this student.
  • The process for meeting the student is covered in detail in the Meeting the Students section.
  • Organisations should discuss the Project with the selected student to ensure compatibility. This meeting will be arranged by The Data Lab.
  • Please ensure that you provide feedback on every stage in the process (CV assessment, meeting, offer of placement, etc.) within a maximum of 48 hours to your The Data Lab contact
  • On receiving your response after the student meeting, The Data Lab will liaise between you, the selected student, the University and The Data Lab to confirm the placement if dialogues are successful.
For assistance and guidance on any of the above, contact