Data Engineering Intern

Data Engineering Intern

Orbisk Utrecht

What is required?

  • Currently enrolled in a Dutch University in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or similar
  • Knowledge of Python, BigQuery, Firestore and other Google Cloud services is a pre
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • Good communication and documentation skills
  • You have excellent command of the English language
  • Motivated to work with a startup and be part of a growing team
  • Interested in food and helping to reduce food waste

What will you get?

  • €400,- internship allowance per month
  • 32 to 40 hour working week
  • A young and creative startup work environment that invests in your development
  • You will join a growing company and be able to help shape our culture as we move forward
  • A close-knit team with smart, enthusiastic colleagues who are happy to share their expertise with you
  • Free office lunch and an office dog to keep you company
  • An office based in Utrecht with the flexibility to work there or from home

What will you do?

  • 10% Attending meetings
  • 20% Writing literature reviews and doing research
  • 50% Implementing Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs)
  • 20% Documenting and presenting findings and experimental results

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Hannah Nesmith-Beck

Talent Acquisition Specialist


As a Data Engineering Intern at Orbisk, you will have the opportunity to work on a data engineering project with real-world data. You will be responsible for researching a specific topic in data engineering and for experimenting with different solutions from literature and the industry. Amongst other things, you will implement Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs). You do this with the aim of solving a real-world problem in food waste reduction.

You will actively think about how you can improve Orbisk's product: a smart camera and scale that uses image recognition to register which food is thrown away, when, and in what quantity. It is possible to work with different types of data (e.g. images, time series, external data) and data and artificial intelligence related problems (e.g. interpretability, aggregation, analysis, classification, regression). You will build on previous research and also learn more about other topics related to data engineering, such as data analytics, machine learning and MLOps. While your main task is to research and experiment, you will also learn how the production systems at Orbisk work.

You are part of the Data & AI team, which currently consists of six full-time employees and six interns. You will be actively involved in the company by participating in team meetings and having one-on-one conversations with your colleagues. A senior member of your team will be your supervisor during your internship.

If you want to work with advanced technology that prevents food waste, and you are passionate about data and artificial intelligence, then this is the internship for you.

Working week

Data Engineering Intern

On an enjoyable day, you participate in various instructive meetings with the tech people of Orbisk. After that, you are able to focus on a specific task and use the context and discussions from the meetings to approach it in a new way.

On a less enjoyable day, you mainly work independently, for example by reading literature. Although this might be a bit uneventful, you will learn a lot from it.

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Firsthand experience

During your internship, you will be researching a specific topic in data engineering. How do you proceed?

First of all, you will learn more about the specific challenge by talking with other engineers and reading about past projects and research at the company. After that, you start doing literature research and finding tools and methods that are often used and might be used to solve the challenge. The next step is that you experiment with PoCs and MVPs that you present in team meetings and discuss in one-on-one conversations with colleagues. You process the feedback you receive on your work to improve your thought-out solutions. When you have done this, you document and potentially productionize your research and results. Finally, you present you internship results and provide insights on how these can be extended and improved in the future.


You work in a fresh and creative start-up, where everyone wants to learn from each other. Everyone has their own specialization. In the coming years, the organization will also focus on international growth, which means that more and more new positions will become available.

Data Engineering Intern

Working at Orbisk

Orbisk is a start-up with a clear mission: to make the global food system more sustainable. The start-up provides complete insights into the food flows of hospitality organizations. Orbisk does this by offering a smart camera and scale that uses image recognition to register which food is thrown away, when, and in what quantity. The customer can view this data in the dashboard, which provides insight into food wastage and can be used to reduce it.

  • Main office in Utrecht
  • 60% / 40%
  • Average age is 30 years
  • 35 employees
  • Working from home options


Sharon Reijmers - Head of Sales and Marketing

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I really wanted to work for a company 'doing good for the world'. In a role where I can use my commercial talents to increase the positive impact.

What was your previous job?
Sales Leader Chains at Unilever Food Solutions

What do you do in your spare time?
I am a real foodie: I love good food and drinks

Olaf van der Veen - Cofounder & CEO

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Because I wanted (and want) to use the abilities I have to solve for real and big world problems! As one of the founders, I never had to apply. Still, I apply a little bit every time I recruit new team members, because it has to be a mutual match, so we have just as much of a duty to tell our story well to you!

What was your previous job?
Data Consultant at AholdDelhaize.

What do you do in your spare time?
Listening to (live) music, going out with our home and office dog 'Koffie' and adrenaline sports (wakeboard, snowboard, kitesurf).

Pieter Marsman - AI engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
It is important to me to have a positive impact on society and the global environment. In my daily life and during working hours. Orbisk allows me to use my knowledge and apply my skills to the biggest challenge of our time.

What was your previous job?
ML Engineer - Dutch National Police 6

What do you do in your spare time?

Lola Slager - Business Development Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Before this, I worked in the retail and out-of-home segment for soft drinks. Here I discovered that I liked the out-of-home channel the most, but I missed not being able to deliver a positive impact for a better future. Then Orbisk came my way where I found sales, out-of-home and sustainability, the perfect combination for me.

What was your previous job?
Brand Manager

What do you do in your spare time?
Meeting up with family and friends and going out with my boyfriend

Alessandro Lombardo - Hardware and Operations Technician

Why did you decide to work for this company?
As a socially and environmentally conscious person Orbisk aligns well with my personal values.<br /> Before working here I didn't think that my job could impact sustainability and help contribute to a great cause, knowing that I am making a difference, not only locally but globally, doesn't just put a smile on my face but makes me proud to say "I'm working at Orbisk.

What was your previous job?
Technical Writer

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to do sports, program, cook and listen to music

Hannah Nesmith-Beck - Talent Acquisition Specialist

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I wanted to work at a company where I knew I could contribute to making a tangible positive impact on our planet. At Orbisk, no matter what role you have, you truly feel as though you are working together for this common goal. The mission combined with the amazing culture and great people makes it a real standout company!

What was your previous job?
Researcher at an Executive Search firm in the nonprofit sector

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to read, practice yoga, spend time in nature with my dog, and enjoy an evening out with great food and drinks!

Dominique Vogelzang - Customer Success Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At Orbisk I can make an impact in many ways. Not only by saving delicious food but we have a tangible positive environmental impact. Being a start-up, the responsibility I get allows me to really add value to the company on a strategic level. And of course the informal working environment allows me to happily go to work every day!

What was your previous job?
A junior employee specialized in health and nutrition at the FNLI (The Federation of the Dutch Food Industry)

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy travelling, running, cooking and especially being in nature.

Robbie Valkenburg - Software Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
At Orbisk you can work in a fun, motivated and creative environment together with other people to fight against food waste by making innovative solutions.

What was your previous job?
I joined Orbisk after I finished my studies. During my bachelor's I worked in a sushi restaurant for delivery and I also did some volunteering work for a youth center.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to go out and see places, read books, listen to podcasts, do sports, have drinks with friends, enjoy a party and play a game once a while. Currently I am trying to teach myself some piano and taking lessons for driving motorbikes.

Application process

Screening Call

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