Job Posting: Driveline R&D Data Engineering Intern

Position: R&D Data Engineering Intern

Location: Kent, WA or Remote
Compensation: Seasonal, $2500/mo. No additional benefits.

Start Date: As early as September 15, 2021
End Date: Approximately March 1, 2022, but exceptional applicants may be offered an extension

Candidates will be expected to work ~40 hours per week.

If a candidate decides to relocate to Kent, WA, no financial relocation assistance is offered. However, Driveline will put you in contact with a number of affordable short-term housing options upon accepting the role, if offered.

You will spend your time helping collect, organize, and integrate the various data sources under the hood at Driveline Baseball, working with their various stakeholders (Baseball Operations Analysts, the Data Science Team, their Software Engineers, etc) to provide optimal data solutions for various processes, models, and dashboards. These solutions will directly impact training floor operations and data collection systems, special research projects that expand the sphere of baseball knowledge, and aid in consulting with professional players and organizations.

This position will plug straight into production-level projects and platforms (including Driveline’s API suite of software tools and endpoints, EDGE, and their enterprise software platform, TRAQ) and be expected not only to help shore up data pipelines and databases, but also be ready to approach and identify new data sources and automation opportunities as they come. Driveline is a growing start-up constantly looking to push the boundaries — taking initiative and thinking critically around data problems is a must for this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining and improving existing data pipelines for various third party API/data streams and internal databases
  • Overseeing current data collection, cleaning, and analysis for existing and new research projects, ranging from logistical methods planning for peer-reviewed studies to internal database cleaning and restructuring of ETL-loading scripts
  • Design, build and maintain new paired baseball technology data warehouse solutions
  • Improve the process and system for tracking, analyzing, and visualizing Driveline’s important business information
  • Identify and propose solutions for useful data streams not currently being tracked consistently
  • Collaborate with software, data and baseball operation teams in code reviews, as well as planning and design specs
  • Debug, troubleshoot and document as needed any relevant data processes

This isn’t a front office “hidden” position where you crank out data and no one is counting on you – you will be interfacing daily with professional athletes and coaches.

A Great Candidate Demonstrates:

  • Quantitative skill and experience in major programming languages, like R and/or Python (specific experience with data analysis, data visualization, and ETL packages)
  • Experience with building, maintaining and exploring databases (MySQL and/or NoSQL Experience preferred), as well as optimizing database queries and database design
  • Experience with constructing and deploying machine learning models in production level code
  • Experience interfacing, extracting and manipulating various data structures, including JSON and XML
  • Experience with software patches, source control, branch versioning, etc on platforms like Github, JIRA or similar
  • Willingness and ability to learn quickly in a technical environment
  • Open source projects with thorough documentation on GitHub
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Excellent “feel.” That mix of empathy, common sense and likability that makes people trust you.
  • A mindset for growth and learning with an ability to stay organized / manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Proactive, creative solutions to wide-ranging problems.

What Is Not Required:
– Any form of college education. Driveline cares more about the skills you have in the present rather than where you learned them from.


  • Familiarity with Driveline’s mission, previous research, and blog posts.
  • Passion for getting it right. “Smart people know how hard it is to know something.”
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must be able to stand for 4+ hours straight.
  • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds.

End of Internship:
Full-time roles are not guaranteed at the end of the internship. Candidates will be evaluated on an individual basis for full-time roles or internship extensions.

To Apply:
To apply, please complete the form found here. Applications are due by September 15, 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Driveline is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws. For employees and applicants for employment who have disabilities, Driveline provides reasonable accommodation.

The content in this posting was created and provided solely by Driveline Baseball.

Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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