The Dream Internship: Work at Automattic (Winter 2018 and Beyond)

Automattic — which runs WordPress.com, Akismet, VaultPress, Jetpack and many other services — is hiring interns, specifically to work on the WordPress.com VIP team.

WordPress.com VIP provides hosting and support for high-profile, high-traffic WordPress sites, including Time.com, People.com, FiveThirtyEight.com, qz.com, internet.org, TheSun.co.uk, NYPost.com, and many more!

The VIP team is continually looking for interns to work on client-facing development and support. These paid internships (US $25/hour) run for approximately 16 weeks and can be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Where will you be working? Anywhere you want! Automattic is a distributed company. We’re happy if you work from wherever you’re happy — as long as you have a good internet connection.

What will you work on? The internship will focus on things such as working on improving VIP and community plugins, debugging client code, building tools to help clients better manage their sites, and making performance and security improvements to the WordPress.com VIP platform. Your work can also be tailored to fit your personal interests and goals.

The VIP team is serious about increasing diversity in the tech industry. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other communities traditionally underrepresented in this field.

Interested?  Great!  Start by filling out the form below to introduce yourself, explain why you’d like to be an intern on the VIP team and what you’re interested in working on.  Be clear about what you’ve done and provide links to code contributions on WordPress-specific plugins or themes if you can. Don’t worry if you’ve never contributed before; find somewhere you can contribute, no matter how small, and show us that!  To get you started, here are some Automattic plugins for ideas on where to contribute:

Feel free to use as much space as you need in the form and be sure to include links to your online profiles as appropriate.  After that is complete, you’ll be finishing off your application with a short quiz.


Also available here.

The VIP team is considering applicants by October 27, 2017 for the Winter internship and by January 5, 2018 for the Spring internship. If your application sounds interesting, we’ll be in touch; good luck and thanks for your interest!

Rebecca Hum is a current VIP Intern.  During her internship, she has worked on patching VIP supported community plugins, debugging client code and writing scripts for some of the biggest sites in the world.

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