Southwest Airlines Co.

  • Financial Analytics Intern - Summer 2019

    Post Begin Date 2 weeks ago(10/1/2018 8:55 AM)
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    We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.




    The Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) Data Scientist Intern will support the various exciting data initiatives within the company aiming to use advanced modeling and statistical methods to gain insight, make scientifically-informed decisions, and improve the company’s overall operational and financial performance. 


    In this role, the Data Scientist Intern will work with the Commercial FP&A Data Science Team to analyze market performance and maturity, create and improve financial forecasting models, build and automate decision support tools, and contribute to other data driven projects.


    The ideal candidate must have a strong background in quantitative analysis, including statistics, modeling, and data acquisition. They will have the opportunity to work with experienced airline and data science professionals and are expected to bring a passion for utilizing data to support strategic decision making.  They must have strong verbal and written communication skills to engage both technical and non-technical audiences and must be able to work across business lines with a variety of stakeholders.   


    The Intern job duties may include but are not limited to:

    • Acquiring data from relational databases using SQL (Teradata, MySQL, SQLite, and/or Oracle)
    • Analyzing data with R or Python (scikit learn, pandas, or similar)
    • Developing time series models
    • Developing classification and regression models
    • Support and update decision support tools created in various applications such as Microsoft Access (potentially including VBA)
    • Statistical work such as accuracy calculations, model comparisons, or significance testing
    • Using data to inform and support decision makers and Leaders




    High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required. 


    Must be at least 18 years of age. 


    Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986. 




    Progressing towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Analysis, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Operations Research, Statistics, or related data science programs


    Minimum Sophomore level required


    Junior level preferred


    Graduate Level course work preferred


    Statistics and finance courses preferred


    To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours.)


    Maintained 3.0 or above cumulative GPA.



    Hands-on statistical modeling or machine learning experience (Examples: regression and classification models, cluster analysis, decision trees, factor analysis, significance testing, etc.) preferred.


    Working knowledge of statistics such as regression techniques, time series modeling, machine learning, significance testing preferred.


    Must possess a working knowledge of, Python, R, SAS, or other language for statistical modeling.


    Must have a working knowledge of SQL.


    Familiarity with data visualization tools and capabilities, such as Tableau are preferred.


    Working knowledge of financial concepts (revenue, costs, operating income, operating margin, etc) preferred.


    Able to use PowerPoint to build presentations for verbal communications is preferred.


    Able to analyze large and complex business or technical problems and translate analysis into viable recommendations.


    Previous internship, capstone projects, and analytics coursework is preferred.


    Able to work effectively in a strong Customer service /team oriented environment.


    Able to prioritize responsibilities effectively.


    Previous internship experience in a related field is preferred.


    Ability to properly manage sensitive and confidential information.


    Ability to plan and support large business initiatives.






    Unofficial transcript.


    “Why Southwest Airlines” essay (Length determined by author.)


    Letters of Recommendation.




    Full-time - 40 hours per week.




    $15/hr + flight privileges


    This Internship is located in Dallas, Texas at the Southwest Airlines Headquarters building.


    All students must apply online at


    Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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