OpenTopography summer 2023 data science internship opportunity

Feb 3, 2023

OpenTopography will be hiring at least one Data Science intern this summer via the EarthScope Student Careers Internship Program (formerly known as USIP). The intern(s) will work with the OpenTopography team to develop workflows and services related to processing, analysis, and/or visualization of topographic data managed by OpenTopography ( These include lidar, photogrammetry, and radar data in point cloud and raster formats. Interns will be an integral member of the OpenTopography team, working closely with OpenTopography staff at EarthScope, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and Arizona State University. We greatly value the important role our interns play by contributing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to specific projects. Intern-developed functionality and resources are widely used by the OpenTopography community, and have been presented at scientific conferences.

The OpenTopography intern(s) will construct workflow and scripted processes, author documentation, and deploy the workflows as notebooks that will be transportable and scalable, allowing them to be deployed in environments from laptops, to local clusters and the cloud. The project will rely on resources such as GitLab, Jupyter Notebooks, and open source geospatial software such as PDAL and GDAL. This summer we're also interested in students with experience and interest in machine learning applied to topographic data and derivatives. Additional potential tasks, as a function of the intern’s skills and interests, could include development of training resources such as written and/or video tutorials, and education and outreach materials. See the job posting for full position details and required and preferred skills. We value diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all positions and are fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Applications from candidates who are members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The EarthScope Student Careers Internship Program is open to graduate and upper level undergraduate student in earth sciences, computer science, geography, engineering, or related fields. The OpenTopography internship will be remote and full-time for 11 weeks beginning May 22nd, 2023. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $800. To be eligible for this program you must have been a student in Fall 2022, currently enrolled as a student, or returning as a student in Fall 2023. If you are unsure of your eligibility please reach out to Applicants must be authorized to work in the US. Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for work authorization.

The application deadline is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. If you are interested in these positions and have questions please reach out to

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OpenTopography 2023 Summer Data Science Internship announcement