Scribd: Software Engineering Intern at Scribd

Posted by | October 17, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: San Francisco, Ca


The Job
Want to see what it’s like to work at a startup in silicon valley? If you are a CS student now, you can experience it first-hand with an internship at Scribd.
Scribd hires top undergraduate and graduate students for internships year-round. Most internships are in the summer, but if your school has a co-op program, we’ll work with 3 or 6 month programs during the academic term as well.
Our philosophy around internship programs is that you will learn the most being put on real projects, working side by side full-time engineers. As an intern at Scribd, we will treat you like a full-time employee for the duration of the time. The software you write will ship to millions of users, and you will come away knowing what it’s like to work a top technology startup.
Scribd interns will usually work with ruby/rails, iOS, or Android during their summer. We’ll work with you to find the area you’ll best fit in.
We provide intern housing, travel arrangements, and a generous salary. You’ll also be included in company fun: in past summers we have done theme parks, sailing trips, and indoor skydiving.
About Scribd
Scribd is a YCombinator startup based in San Francisco. Our vision is to build the future of publishing, and we’re already one of the top 100 sites on the web with over 90 million monthly visitors. We’ve won lots of awards and raised 20M along the way, but the journey is only 1% finished, and we’re looking for talented technologists of all kinds to take Scribd to the next level.
There is a lot of deep technology operating behind the scenes at Scribd. We have scaled the world’s second largest ruby on rails site, invented the first HTML5 document reader, and done original work on textual analysis. Scribd is a very engineering-driven company: as an engineer here you will have a lot of responsibility to choose the projects you work on and to define the way they get built. And because we have a large userbase and deploy new code daily, your work will likely be used by millions of people on your first week. 
Scribd has a unique company culture that combines a laid-back atmosphere (we have company go-karts and an office zipline) with a total focus on doing great engineering – the best way to experience it is really to read through our jobs page and watch our infamous go-kart racing video. For more info on our technology, check out our tech blog and this article about our break-through HTML5 technology
Recently we launched our first mobile application, called Float, for web and iOS. Float is more than just an app, though; it is a digital reading service that aims to bring all of your favorite reading sources into one platform. We’re combining news articles, blog posts, books, and more into one integrated reading experience that works across all devices. For more info, check out some of the great coverage we’ve had about Float, or try it out yourself at
End-to-end web development. Design, architect, implement, and QA new functionality for Scribd. Work creatively to solve challenging problems.
Undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science in progress
Previous internships or work experience is a big plus
Experience in one or more of the following areas is a big plus: web development, iOS development, Android development
Scribd normally only hires students who are currently Junior year or older. Sophomores with particularly strong practical experience are welcome to apply as well.
Ability to commit to at least 3 months of full-time work at Scribd’s headquarters in San Francisco
Please include the following with your application: * Unofficial transcript (ideally) or GPA & course list * Area you’d like to work in (web, iOS, Android, or not sure yet)
This is a Full-time internship role in San Francisco, CA.
If you don’t live in the SF Bay Area, see our page about benefits and relocation for more info about moving out here.
Resumes for engineering roles are reviewed directly by a senior member of our engineering team within 24 hours. If you’re not sure which engineering role to apply for, just make your best guess. All communication is held confidential. 

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume with the subject "Your name — Intern – Software Engineering — via 37signals" to

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