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Software Engineering Summer Intern, Learning Platform, Education

Redwood City, CA (Onsite)

Founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.
  • We aim to be daring, but humble: We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

By pairing engineers with leaders in our education, science, and justice and opportunity partners, we can bring technology to the table in new ways to help drive solutions. We are uniquely positioned to design, build, and scale software systems to help educators, scientists, and policy experts better address the myriad challenges they face. Our technology team is already helping schools bring personalized learning tools to teachers and schools across the country and supporting scientists around the world as they develop a comprehensive reference atlas of all cells in the human body.

Our work in education is aimed at ensuring that every student — not just a lucky few — can get an education that’s tailored to their individual needs and supports every aspect of their development. An example of our work is our partnership with Summit Learning — a personalized approach to education developed by Summit Public Schools in partnership with learning scientists, researchers, and academics. With Summit Learning, students gain the skills, knowledge and habits to succeed in college and enter adulthood with a clear vision for achieving purpose and wellbeing in life.

The Notebooks team builds and maintains the in-house document editor of the Summit Learning Platform. The Differentiation Scrum focuses on tools to help teachers easily differentiate the types of support they give different students in the context of project assignment and assessment. The Curriculum Adoption Scrum builds tools to help teachers adopt free curriculum provided by Gradient Learning into their own classrooms while giving them the flexibility to customize projects, units of content, or even entire courses to the needs of their own students. The School and District Tools team builds scalable, adaptable server and client-side code to improve the lives of school leaders and district leaders.

As a Software Engineer Intern for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, you will create technology products to support our mission. You will work with various stakeholders to conceptualize and define engineering projects and goals, and you will build and deploy software to accomplish these goals.

Interested in learning more about CZI’s Technology? Check out our blog here.

You will

  • Work on frontend, backend and full-stack web/mobile development
  • Build and maintain data ingestion and processing systems
  • Apply software development skills to a wide range of coding projects
  • Create ad-hoc technology tools for external partners

You have or are

  • Targeted graduation dates December 2022 through Summer 2023
  • Pursuing a BS or MS degree (Computer Science or related field preferred) and will have time remaining in school after your summer internship
  • Experience with developing and debugging software
  • The ability to work for 12 consecutive weeks during the Summer 2021

Nice to have

  • Software engineering experience from previous internships, work experience, hackathons, academic research, or personal projects
  • Experience with languages such as C/C++, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, and shell scripts
  • Experience with frontend web development technologies
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL
  • Familiarity with big data technologies
  • Experience working in Linux/Unix environments

Participation in this internship program requires that you are located in the United States for the duration of the internship program