Research Scientist (Audio) Internship – Summer 2020

We are looking for Research Scientist Interns to join our Machine Listening team. Our mission is to advance the state of the art in AI-based machine listening technologies to unlock differentiating product opportunities for Spotify. During your internship, you’ll help to develop intelligent, efficient and intuitive new ways to search, explore, re-use, and process audio. Your work will impact the way the world experiences music, and the way artists can make a living. 

What you’ll do:

Work with Research Scientists to develop and evaluate machine listening methods, combining machine learning, signal processing, probabilistic modelling and many other fields. 

Learn to run experiments at scale, having access to a catalog of 40M+ songs, 200M+ monthly active users, and making use of Spotify’s computing infrastructure.

Leverage best practices in building new datasets powering the next generation of machine learning research.

Communicate your results and their importance to both key stakeholders and in external publications.

Be a valued member of an autonomous, cross-functional team of researchers, product managers, software engineers and others across the company.

Who you are:

You have, or are pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or a related discipline (Master’s students will be considered, but a PhD course of study is preferred).

You have experience in one or more of the following fields: machine learning, music information retrieval, speech processing, signal processing, probabilistic modelling.

You have strong coding skills in several of the following languages/libraries: Python, NumPy, TensorFlow, PyTorch.

You are a great communicator. You can explain complex topics in simple terms, and you love building strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.

The Intern Gig:


Spotify is looking for enthusiastic students/recent graduates with a passion for music and an ambition to go far. This isn’t just any internship! Our paid internship program will give you the chance to gain in-depth knowledge of what it’s like to be a Spotify employee as well as get the opportunity to see the technology side of a fast growing company! Our summer internships will last for 10 weeks this summer and start in the beginning of June.


The deadline to apply is November 11th, 2019 at 11:59 PM, EST. You can expect the following application timeline:

Mid November, 2019 – Mid January, 2020: Application Review
Mid December, 2019 – March, 2020: Interviews
January, 2020 – April, 2020: Offers given out
June, 2020: Intern program start



We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and a better product for our users and our creators. This is something we value deeply and we encourage everyone to come be a part of changing the way the world listens to music.


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