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Data Science Intern

| Greater Boulder Area

About the Trade Desk

The Trade Desk is a global technology company with a mission to create a better Internet for everyone through principled, intelligent advertising. Handling over 600 billion queries per day (more than 100X the query volume of search globally), our platform operates at unprecedented scale. We have also built something even stronger and more valuable: an award-winning culture based on trust, empathy, collaboration, and ownership. By working together across typical dividing lines, we are better as a team than any of us could be apart.

About the Data Science Team:

The Data Science team is responsible for transforming the data we generate off of our 600 billion queries per day into actionable intelligence using advanced modelling and optimization algorithms. Our mission is to develop new and powerful means of growing the value of our clients’ campaigns across millions of web-based publishers.

As a Data Science intern, you will:

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to contribute in the development of new and existing data products, experiencing first-hand the day-to-day life of a professional data scientist. In addition to close mentorship from members of our data science team, you will also interact closely with our product, trading, and engineering teams to oversee the implementation of your projects. Our hope is to see all of our interns’ ideas and research contribute directly to our client facing product.

You might be a great fit for a Data Science internship at The Trade Desk if:

  • You are enthusiastic to learn (and teach) new technologies, machine learning techniques, and advancements in the adtech industry
  • You have an abundance of intellectual curiosity
  • You have a solid understanding of statistical machine learning and optimization techniques as well
  • You want to work with big data technologies such as Hadoop, Hive, Spark, AWS
  • You have experience in at least one programming languages (Python, R, Java, Scala, etc.) and are comfortable with SQL by the start of the internship
  • You are able to deliver a convincing story derived from the data sets to both a technical and non-technical audiences

Our Data Science team is working on:

  • Optimization:Ad campaigns are often combinations of lots of different types of ads -- different images/messages are shown on different web pages (or apps), to different kinds of people. We build models that determine what combination is performing the best for each advertiser. Based on that performance we automatically re-balance budget across the best performing combination.
  • Prediction and forecasting:Our advertisers want to know how many people will see their ad and at what price before they finalize their strategy. For one of our ads to be shown, it likely has to participate in up to 3 different auctions. Can we predict with confidence how often we will win those auctions and at what price? How does that vary based on external market demands?
  • Experimental design:How do we measure the impact of any changes we introduce to our optimization models? How do we quantify any tradeoffs those models may introduce (e.g., you pay more for each ad impression, but each impression is more valuable). 
  • Causal inference:How do we determine what ads are performing best? What does it mean to have a high performing campaign? (hint: clicks aren't the answer!)

What We Care About:

What and how you can contribute is what’s important to us. Our consideration is not limited by the kind of education you have or the specific technologies you have experience with. What we care about having good people to pitch in. Our culture is innovative, energetic, and collaborative. Those aren’t perks – those are just the way we do business.

Does this sound like you? If so, we welcome your application and the chance to meet you.

The Trade Desk does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired; such resumes will be deemed the sole property of The Trade Desk. The Trade Desk is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • VerticaDatabases
    • SQL ServerDatabases
    • AerospikeDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • VerticaAnalytics
    • SQL ServerAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MarketoCRM
    • MarketoEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

Boulder office overlooks the Pearl St Mall. Denver office is in downtown LoDo district, a block away from Union Station, in the Dairy Block building.

An Insider's view of The Trade Desk

What are some social events your company does?

Monthly happy hours, monthly TTD employee birthday celebrations, quarterly team building events, annual company-wide conference called Palooza in California, sponsoring & hosting meetups, BuiltIn Brews, tube to work day, potluck lunches, holiday parties for both TTD employees & TTD kids!

Casey

Recruiter

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I’d say my typical day at The Trade Desk is split up something like this:
• 20% syncing up with the team about ongoing work, including status updates and design discussions
• 15% reviewing platform health and helping to address any issues that may arise
• 10% joking around with friends at the office
• 55% coding new projects

Taylor

Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

“We aim to catch, test, and fix all points of failure before we sign off on a new integration. We’re also encouraged to think critically about all potential complications and then solve for them with whatever stylistic approach we prefer – all the while facilitating exciting partnerships with our clients. That sounds pretty cool to me.

Ken

Integrations Manager

What's something quirky about your company?

We did go-kart racing once. It was a lot of fun. We went downhill biking once, which was insane. There's also a lot of other casual things we'll do, like hold barbecues in the office every once in awhile. One of my co-workers is a very skilled barbecuer, so he'll make some barbecue and we'll do that for lunch and all hang out together

Leslie

Software Engineer

What are The Trade Desk Perks + Benefits

The Trade Desk Benefits Overview

At The Trade Desk we think what you do outside the office is just as important as what you do inside the office, which is why we offer a range of benefits to help our employees lead a healthy and balanced life. We offer competitive benefits ranging from parental leave to savings and investments plan that help you plan for the future. We have offices around the world and they all have something that makes them unique, whether there's a fridge stocked with local craft beer, or daily ping pong tournaments, there's always something fun happening at our TTD offices.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

Awesome office location with fully stocked fridge, gourmet local coffee, games, and catered breakfast & lunch 2-3x per week. Community involvement. Nerf wars.

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