Algorithm Engineering Intern, Summer 2018

Chicago, IL, US

Job Description / Skills Required

Groupon is currently at the exciting intersection of local and online commerce, mobile, personalization and discovery. We are looking for the next wave of great algorithm engineers and data scientists to work on presenting just the right deals to the right users at the right time, for hundreds of millions of daily interactions. We work in small, independent and agile teams, and collaborate with product designers to implement stuff quickly.

These high purpose and demanding roles offer a unique combination of computer science, software engineering, algorithms and applied math, scalable production systems, consumer product thinking, and business revenue optimization. Personalization for Local + Mobile is uncharted territory in e­commerce, and you can make your mark working on that at Groupon. There are not a lot of boundaries here, so expect to make a big impact.

For more information from previous interns, please take a look at our blog

What You’ll Be Doing

Conceive, code and launch the next­ generation in Groupon's ranking and personalization system; your algorithms will improve the daily experience of the entire Groupon user base!

Redefine state­-of-­the-­art in personalization and relevance for mobile and online commerce

Use large and rich datasets on user behavior for local commerce to identify actionable insights

Use big data technologies such as Hadoop, HBase and Teradata

Generate intellectual property via patents and papers

What to Expect

Exposure; Being a household name gives employees the opportunity to work in startup-like environment and focus on deeply interesting work that you wouldn’t get to do anywhere else. Prepare to make a large scale impact in a short amount of time.

Professional Development; Participate in weekly “lunch and learns” with other engineering and business functions, skill building workshops, and networking sessions.

Fun; Explore the city through our planned intern social outings, and develop your network while getting to know your peers and Groupon’s leaders.

Mentorship; Look forward to one-on-one time with dedicated managers and mentors to facilitate your growth throughout the summer internship experience.


Currently enrolled in an MS or PhD program in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field (with an emphasis on algorithms, machine learning, data mining, statistics, applied mathematics)

Strong coding skills in one or more programming language such as Java/C++/Python/Ruby etc.

Understanding of applied math topics such as probability and statistics, linear algebra, basic optimization techniques

Experience in SQL, Hadoop, and scripting preferred

Strong communication and collaboration skills

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.