Data Science Intern, Game Optimization

Unity San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 3 weeks ago

Data Science Intern, Game Optimization San Francisco, Intern

The Unity Monetization Data Science team helps game developers grow their business. In game optimization, we use machine learning to make the best decisions available from different monetization options. These options include the campaigns of many different advertisers and promotions for in-app purchases. Our decisions reach hundreds of millions of players every month, enabling developers to continue creating exciting games.

We build machine learning pipelines that process data from a large network of games and players. We use a wide range of techniques from deep learning to design and train our models. We work with reinforcement learning to optimize future value based on monetization choices so that game developers don't have to.

There are many exciting challenges that come with applying reinforcement learning to real data collected from users, as opposed to simulations. We offer the opportunity to understand current research in reinforcement learning, value its impact on game optimization, and try something new such as the soft actor-critic algorithm for training a model. Join us in helping the game developers succeed!


  • Understand and discuss techniques in reinforcement learning and deep learning

  • Adapt these techniques to work for our business problem

  • Learn, apply, and use Spark to understand and process our data

  • Work with TensorFlow and Python to implement machine learning algorithms

  • Work with and contribute to our existing machine learning pipelines

  • Learn and collaborate with the team and mentor


  • Currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program

  • Understanding of machine learning fundamentals, coursework, or other experience

  • Programming experience in Python or similar languages

  • Hands-on experience with deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras

Bonus points

  • Advanced coursework in reinforcement learning

  • Good communication skills, team player, and flexible

  • Takes initiative, works independently, and is proactive

  • Familiarity with Spark, Jupyter Notebooks, SQL, GitHub, GCP, AWS, Unix, or Data Visualization

Unity University

Unity believes interns are the future of our company! We are looking for bright, motivated and eager students to join the Unity team for the Summer of 2019. Unity University is a 12-week internship program full of meaningful projects, learning opportunities, mentorship, and even more fun! Through mentoring from fellow colleagues, you will gain tremendous experience in multiple functional areas, setting the stage for an awesome career. Interested? Apply now!

What can I expect during my internship?

  • Duration: 12 weeks

  • Expected hours: interns can expect to work 40 hours per week

  • Mentorship: interns will be matched with managers and mentors to help with career development over the 12 weeks

  • Start dates: interns will start in 2 cohorts with either a May or June start based on school schedule

  • Perks: Interns will receive competitive pay, housing assistance, commuter benefits, and an awesome work environment

Who We Are // About Unity

Unity is the creator of the world's most widely-used real-time 3D (RT3D) development platform, providing content creators around the world with the tools they need to build rich, interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. In fact, apps made with Unity reach 2.7 billion devices worldwide, and were installed more than 24 billion times in the last 12 months.

The global engineering team keeps Unity at the forefront of technology and working alongside partners like Magic Leap, Google, Facebook, Oculus and Microsoft ensures optimized support for the latest technology and platforms. Unity is powering the real-time revolution, expanding beyond games and breaking into other industries including automotive, film, architecture, engineering, construction and more.

Unity is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this Web site or directly to managers. Unity does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes. Unity will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with Unity.

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