We’re looking for an enthusiastic data research intern to help us find, organize, and share open data with our clients and the world. As a research intern, you’ll be joining the data team in Washington, DC as we seek out data to power our geocoder. This work requires us to scour the web looking for data sets from individual countries, states, and cities, then get them into OpenAddresses.io whenever we can. You’ll work closely with sources across the world. Leveraging our earlier work with open government data, you’ll develop an acute awareness of global open data and proprietary data infrastructures as you engage national and local governments.

Qualities we’re looking for:

  • Strong web research skills. Finding data can be hard; you should be hungry for the challenge.
  • Language skills. You will engage governments and organizations on a global scale. Professional level skills in German, French, Spanish, Russian, or Italian (in that order) are a major plus but not a requirement.
  • Creative problem solving. Data work is messy, and sometimes the best approach is the one that ships. Flexibility is key.
  • Strong oral and written communication. You’ll be playing a key role in international data outreach and engagement with potential partners. We’re looking for someone who can be both persuasive and articulate across international and linguistic lines.
  • Passion for open data. The power of open data has played a key role in Mapbox from the start, and we continue to see immense value from sourcing both proprietary and open data to this day.
  • Self-taught learner. You’ll be surrounded by teammates with deep experience in strategy, data, code, and design, but we expect to be learning just as much from you.

This position is a full-time, eight week internship with the option to extend for longer, particularly if the candidate has mastery of more than one of the listed languages. Our dog-friendly office is located on Washington, DC’s 14th Street corridor. There will be a competitive monthly stipend, frequent team lunches, competitive jenga and office drinks.

To apply:

Please send the following to jobs+data@mapbox.com

  • Note describing why you’re interested in the data research internship at Mapbox
  • Resume
  • Examples of previous work (websites, articles, open source contributions, or whatever medium communicates your work best)
  • (extra points) Design an awesome map with Mapbox Studio Classic.


The deadline to apply for the data internship is 5pm on Monday, November 17, 2014.