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The Washington Nationals are seeking two or three interns to join our Baseball Research & Development team for the 2022 season. As an intern, you’ll work on developing your skills at applying data science to baseball, researching baseball questions under the close mentorship of a team member of Baseball R&D. You’ll likely work on one project at a time, with plenty of time for model exploration and personal skill development. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a small baseball front office daily at the stadium, watching baseball and engaging regularly with more senior members of our baseball operations group.

Internships are a key way for us to find future full-time members of our department, as many of our senior department members began as interns. While a pathway to a full-time position is not assured, many of our former interns have found full-time opportunities with the Nationals or other MLB clubs. While internships ideally span from Opening Day to November 1st, we’re open to candidates that may not be available for this entire period.

The Washington Nationals are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Use R to build statistical models to answer a primary baseball research question under the direction of a Baseball R&D team member
  • Communicate findings through written reports, presentations, and informal conversations
  • Design and build informative data visualizations for use in automated reports or internal web applications

Education and Experience Requirements
  • Experience analyzing datasets and training statistical models using R, Python, or equivalent
  • Has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from a four-year college or university, preferably in Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science
  • Willingness to relocate to Washington, DC
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions
  • Ability to complete statistical modeling projects
  • Ability to listen and incorporate feedback
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills related to programming, statistical modeling, and data visualization
  • Passion for baseball and desire to work in baseball operations
  • Working knowledge of sabermetric concepts

Physical/Environmental Requirements
  • Occasional long hours may be required during draft, trade deadline, or postseason.
  • Interns have opportunity to attend all home games but are not required to. Meals are provided to staff during games.

All applicants for employment at the Washington Nationals are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to produce proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. Applicants with qualifying disabilities or bona fide religious objections, or who are pregnant, may be exempted from this requirement or otherwise accommodated if they are unable to be vaccinated.