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Intern: Data Engineering (Summer 2024)

Nithio Holdings

Nithio Holdings

Data Science
Nairobi, Kenya · Lagos, Nigeria · Kampala, Uganda · Washington, DC, USA · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Who We Are
Nithio is an AI-driven platform for climate finance. Nithio leverages the power of artificial intelligence to fundamentally transform how credit risk is assessed. Our mission is clear: to catalyze billions of capital into solutions that combat climate change and facilitate universal access to clean energy.
Through our investment vehicle, FAIR (Facility for Adaptation, Inclusion, and Resilience), we directly lend capital in the decentralized energy sector, empowering companies to provide households with clean and reliable energy sources. We work hand in hand with other investors, providing them with the insights and tools needed to scale their investments effectively, all while navigating the complex credit risk landscape.
We’re looking for team members who value the opportunity to work with a fun, passionate, talented international team. Join us in our mission to reshape the future. Together, we can create a world where clean energy is accessible to all and where our planet thrives for generations to come.
Role Summary
Nithio seeks a Data Engineering Intern to support our global team in driving innovation and progress in climate finance and energy access. As a Data Engineering Intern, you will have a strong quantitative background, experience with Python, and an entrepreneurial, inventive, experiment-driven mindset. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in geospatial analysis and relevant sector expertise (energy, credit assessments, etc.). You’ll be joining a growing, mission-driven company with a solid commitment to positive social impact.
The Data Engineering Intern will report to our Data Engineer (in the US ET time zone & the candidate will need to be able to be online & able to collaborate in this time zone). This intern position can be based remotely from North America, Kenya, Nigeria, or Uganda. This will be a part-time commitment: 20-30 hours per week.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the data team in designing tools and data infrastructure to analyze large volumes of data and increase automation.
  • Make data accessible: Document pipelines and processes clearly and support other team members in understanding and using data workflows and outputs.
  • Measure, learn, repeat: Track KPIs for data ingestion and processing and identify approaches to improve performance, mitigate risks, and align on business goals.
  • Help identify and onboard new data sets that feed into Nithio’s analytical and software products through APIs and integrationsApply testing and validation techniques to ensure data processes and pipelines are working properly and make recommendations to improve efficiency, reliability, and quality
  • Effectively communicate complexity: Synthesize, visualize, and communicate results to internal and external stakeholders through dashboards, plots, presentations, and reports.

Who You Are

  • A self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change in developing markets
  • Have demonstrated interest or previous experience working in Africa or emerging marketsHave a track record of outstanding focus, energy, and drive to achieve outsized results
  • Are highly entrepreneurial and self-motivated; an expert at managing your own time
  • Possess superior problem-solving, judgment, and decision-making skills with the ability to articulate and present points of view and ideas effectively
  • You have a track record of successfully prioritizing multiple competing priorities with strong attention to detail
  • You can advance discrete projects both independently and as part of a small team
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and can work effectively on a distributed, global team
  • Exemplify Nithio’s values: Collaboration, Commitment, Growth, Marking a Difference and Adaptability


  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed a Master’s program in a related field.
  • Experience using SQL, Python, R, or other query and scripting languages to aggregate and transform data and connect platforms
  • Experience with cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure is a plus
  • Exposure to data warehousing or data lake infrastructure such as Databricks or SnowflakeFamiliarity with ETL / ELT design processes and applying complex transformations across a data pipeline.
  • Experience or exposure to applied quantitative methods, data modeling, and workflow orchestration; Familiarity with version control and software engineering fundamentals.Bonus points if you have experience with big data frameworks like Spark.
  • Outstanding communication and writing skills, with the ability to translate complex and technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Excitement about owning projects and thinking in creative ways, especially as it relates to debugging emergent issues and documenting processes
  • Proactive, as the team is geographically disbursed
  • Highly entrepreneurial and self-motivatedDemonstrated problem-solving, judgment, and decision-making skills with the ability to articulate and present points of view and ideas effectively
  • Experience prioritizing multiple competing priorities with strong attention to detail and advancing discrete projects both independently and as part of a small team
To Apply
Please use the form linked below to apply for this position. Nithio cannot sponsor or transfer employment visas. All applicants should have permanent work authorization before applying, and applicants requiring an employment visa will be removed from consideration.
Company Details
Founded in 2018, Nithio is a remote-first, global company with teams in Nairobi, Lagos, and Washington, D.C.
Why work at Nithio?
Nithio prides itself on fostering a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative work culture where people are purpose-driven, conscientious, and motivated to generate positive social and environmental impact alongside financial returns at scale. We offer a competitive compensation package and a positive work culture at an ambitious startup that strongly encourages a healthy life-work balance.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Nithio is committed to embracing the diversity of views and backgrounds that our colleagues bring and helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. A solid commitment to diversity and inclusion among our team enables us to serve our clients better and achieve our central mission of increasing access to energy and financial services. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with intersectional identities. Nithio recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, family status, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.