Chris Slowe (u/KeyserSosa)
One of the most enjoyable parts of growing in my career as a software engineer is getting to mentor The Next Generation. There inevitably comes a day in every CTO’s life when you discover the juniorest of juniors you hired “a while ago” (the whiles get shorter as you get older) has not only stopped performing spontaneous (unplanned) production “load tests,” but has become the leader of a new eng team with juniors of their own to mentor. It’s in that spirit that I’m very pleased to announce the first ever fully fledged (and paid!) internship program for software-engineers-in-training, coming to Reddit HQ in summer 2018!
Redditors have been asking us to have internships for years, but we wanted to make sure that when we hire juniors (whether pre- or post-grad), we set them up for success. This means not just giving them a job but also a way to progress in their career. As a company, we know we can provide access to mentorship from world-class engineers with lots of experience in scaling. Implicit in the “access” is that they need to be “accessible.” We are finally big enough and have enough basic infrastructure and good processes to make sure we can build product, mentor juniors, and keep the site up. We also have an increasingly large list of hard but interesting projects to work on, which are also relatively well-defined. This means we have work for engineers of all experience levels, and the work will be interesting and necessary.
In planning this move, we realized that we’d also like to not just hire an intern, but rather a bona fide intern class. This ups the work for us, and the number of people committed to the endeavor, but also means a chance for an honest-to-goodness internship program complete with trust falls (we assume this is a necessary ingredient of mixing “HR” with “bootcamp,” and if we’re wrong, we’ll have a batch of interns to test these ideas out on!).
Who are we looking for?
So with all that to motivate why we’re doing this, let’s move onto the how. If you satisfy the following criteria…
- A desire to work at Reddit HQ in San Francisco over Summer 2018
- Are actively working towards a degree in CS, EE, or a related field
- Are able to program your way out of a paper bag…or make a paper bag out of CSS3…or something probably involving React because that’s all anyone talks about anymore
- Ability to fetch coffee… for yourself! From our wide array of Bay Area coffee choices!
- Authorization to work in the United States
- You’re over the age of 18
- Have laughed at at least three out of the five jokes present in this post
…then you should really go here and submit your resume for consideration.
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|Reddit Teams up With TIME on New Editorial Partnership - The best of Reddit, summed up in one weekly
Today, we kicked off an exciting new editorial partnership with TIME. to bring some of the best content and conversations on Reddit to TIME readers. Every Thursday, the outlet will publish a short round-up of the most interesting stories found on Reddit the previous week, from unmissable AMAs and hilarious r/AskReddit threads to gold-worthy comments and obscure communities you might not have seen before.
The partnership marks the latest initiative from our Media Partnerships team, who just returned from ONA17 (Online News Association) in D.C., where they met with with journalists, publishers, and other media orgs from around the world to show them how they can engage with Reddit.
Over the past two years, the team has leveled up their work to help publishers on Reddit—including profile pages for outlets like Washington Post and AL.com, an impressive range of AMA series, post and comment embeds to give attribution back to the users behind the content, and new sourcing tools like Taboola and CrowdTangle.
TIME was among the first publishers on Reddit to create a profile page back in June, which they’ve used to post articles, answer questions from redditors, and share AMAs. A few months later, they hit another Reddit milestone as the first publisher to have a native video upload hit the front page with over 27,000 upvotes.
As TIME’s Reddit roundups evolve, we’re excited to see them bring some of our favorite posts and communities to new audiences. In their inaugural issue published earlier today, writer Ashley Hoffman highlights the fascinating slice-of-life community r/TalesFromThePizzaGuy, a Star Wars-themed Photoshop Battle starring the adorable Porgs, a thought-provoking post from r/WritingPrompts on the perils of infinite money, and one user’s novel life pro tip for couples who can’t decide where to eat.
Check out the full roundup here! You can follow TIME on Reddit at u/timemagazine, and stay tuned for weekly Reddit roundups posted to time.com every Thursday.