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Job #: R-00119609
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Intern Technical
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Remote
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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The Civil Group at Leidos currently has an opening for a Scientist (intern) to work within the Integrated Mission Operation in the Climate, Energy, and Environment “Climate Solutions” team. This position is a limited-term internship suitable for a science, technology, or engineering graduate student or late-stage student currently enrolled in a postgraduate program of study. This position involves working closely with the members of the Climate Solutions team and personnel from the wider Leidos organization, providing developmental and upskilling opportunities, and operational experience of a high-performance science business environment. The Climate Solutions team and Scientist will shape a package of responsibilities that aligns with the Scientist’s postgraduate studies from across our portfolio of on-contract, research and development, business development, and communications work.

For this position, candidates interested in supporting at least one of the following are strongly preferred: improving the availability, accessibility, and actionability of climate data; improving data storage, management, stewardship, and delivery through online archives including cloud; the production of datasets for an energy vulnerability study in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and the study of “Earth at Night” nighttime lights data (NASA VIIRS) for indicators of socioeconomic change.

Primary Responsibilities

The Data Scientist Intern will work on assignments that are technical in nature to support the production of datasets, data processing and analysis, and data visualization and communication, primarily for geospatial and remote sensing data from online data archives and databases. Responsibilities will include finding relevant datasets and information; evaluating and quality-checking of datasets; forming dataset descriptions and specifications; and making inquiries about data availability. There may be opportunities to be involved in coding, software development, cloud computing and design, database engineering, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) analyses. There may be opportunities to be involved in scientific research, collaboration, presentation, peer-reviewed publications, and other forms of scientific communication.

Basic Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in a science, technology, or engineering postgraduate program (master’s or doctoral degree) or undergraduate program.

  • At least 2 years of science, technology, or engineering experience, including as part of academic studies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coding or software development experience, including as part of academic studies.

  • Data science experience, including as part of academic studies.

  • Geospatial data processing and analysis.

  • Remote sensing data processing and analysis, for example from NASA satellites.

  • Database operation and design.

  • Cloud environment operation and design.

  • Scientific and technical communication, including peer-reviewed publication.

  • Climate impact studies, including for socioeconomics, infrastructure, and services.

  • Climatic, atmospheric, weather, terrestrial, oceanographic, or biogeochemical modelling.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $44,200.00 - $79,900.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 47,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.   For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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