Is the top 25% in a Kaggle competition considered good for a beginner in the field of data science?

As a well-publicized article rightly put it, data science is not kaggle competitions. Running clean data through a smorgasbord of scikit learn models is a valuable experience for what it’s worth but represents a small portion of what I think is necessary to be effective as a data scientist - at least for most tech jobs in the Valley.
I would weight a substantive internship much more highly than even top 10% or 1% in kaggle.