Magic City Data Collective provides data scientist internships

Magic City Data Collective
UAB students, look out for data scientist internships. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Calling all data scientist students. UAB, the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Birmingham Education Foundation partnered together to create the Magic City Data Collective to give opportunities for students interested in data scientist jobs.

Magic City Data Collective

According to Alabama Inno, the Magic City Data Collective is a pilot project involving UAB, the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Birmingham Education Foundation. As a result of a grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, this project is already funded for a year.

This project connects UAB students with local business for paid internships. There’s been a 45% increase in Birmingham data scientist jobs within the past five years. So, there’s never been a better time for students to better their skill set. Together, undergraduate and graduate students and professionals will use data in a work and team setting.

“The Magic City Data Collective reinforces UAB’s commitment to making sure our students have the ability to develop skills that help them look at large amounts of data, find patterns and trends and ask questions to better understand the world around them.”

– Ray Watts, President, UAB, as quoted in Alabama Inno

A team of local talent

This partnership is more than these three Birmingham powerhouses. Additionally, the team includes:

  • Private sector data guides
  • Project sponsors
  • UAB data fellows
  • UAB faculty and graduate students

For example, two local businesses with internships are Protective and Landing.

“This kind of real-world work experience makes these students attractive hires after graduation.

Moreover, we know that students who participate in internships are far more likely to get a full-time job in the same city, and retaining top talent in Birmingham should be a priority for all of our businesses and universities.”

Cori Fain, Vice President of Social Impact, Landing,as quoted in Alabama Inno

Birmingham, look forward to our smart college students joining our workforce.

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