Software Engineer Intern - Backend Search Core

Software Engineer Intern - Backend Search Core

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Who We Are

Our mission at Sourcegraph is to make it so that everyone can code, not just ~0.1% of the population. We help developers and companies with billions of lines of code create the software you use every day. In enabling more people to code, we believe we will create economic opportunity across the world and will drive progress that benefits everyone.

It’s an exciting time to join Sourcegraph. Our company is growing rapidly: we’ve experienced exponential growth and our $125M Series D from Andreessen Horowitz and $50M Series C from Sequoia have given us the opportunity to make big ambitious bets on our future. We have a huge market (every company that builds software) and massive opportunity (most developers haven't even heard of code search yet, but once you've used it, you can't live without it--just like Google web search). By continuing to hire exceptional people, we have the opportunity to make Sourcegraph one of the biggest technology companies in the world.

Why this job is exciting

The Sourcegraph internship program will accelerate your learning and set you on the course to be a high performing software engineer. Sourcegraph believes in identifying and hiring early-career engineering candidates.

Search is Sourcegraph’s core product offering. Our clients, some of the biggest names in technology, depend on our search tool to answer questions about their source code that no other tool can handle. Our technology is open source (, we use Go, and we build software for the cloud and on-premises.

Week 1: Onboarding and orientation
  • You will go through the same onboarding process every new Sourcegraph teammate undergoes.
  • Install and configure Sourcegraph for development.
  • Upskill as much as possible on Go using the internet and provided tools.

Week 2 - 11: Working on software
  • Start work on the assigned project.
  • Meet weekly with the manager for a 1:1
  • Meet and work with your mentor on a regular basis.
  • Join team meetings and participate as a team member.

Week 12: Offboarding and retrospective
  • Wrap up your project.
  • Participate in a retrospective interview with your manager about your experience during the internship program.

About You

This program is for candidates with existing programming knowledge and experience. This would include demo projects, open source contributions, etc. It is not suitable for those still learning how to code. There is no requirement for experience with Go but working knowledge of Git is a requirement.

  • You like taking responsibility for tasks and taking the initiative to drive towards successful outcomes.
  • You can operate on your own without the need to be guided by someone consistently.
  • You communicate proactively and positively, accept feedback, and understand that important work is not always glamorous.
  • Your working hours overlap with GMT-8 or GMT+2 for at least 4 hours a day so we have time to collaborate synchronously when necessary.

Nice to haves:
  • You have relevant domain knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: search, indexing, information retrieval, relevance.

Interview process [~3 hours]
  • You apply.
  • [30 min] Recruiter screen with Kemper Hamilton
  • [30 min] Hiring Manager screen with Jeff Warner, engineering manager for search core
  • [45 min] Code walkthrough exercise with two members of our engineering team
  • [45 min] Peer/technical interview with two members of our engineering team
  • [30 min] Values interview with two potential team members outside of the engineering department to discuss our values and how your past experiences and perspectives align with them.
  • We check references & make you an offer

Not sure if this is you?

We want a diverse, global team, with a broad range of experience and perspectives. If this job sounds great, but you’re not sure if you qualify, apply anyway! We carefully consider every application, and will either move forward with you, find another team that might be a better fit, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.

Learn More About Us

To create a product that serves the needs of all developers, we are building a diverse all-remote team that is distributed across the world. Sourcegraph is an equal opportunity workplace; we welcome people from all backgrounds and communities.

We provide competitive compensation and practical benefits to keep you happy and healthy so that you can do your best work.

Learn more about what it is like to work at Sourcegraph by reading our handbook.

We want to ensure Sourcegraph is an environment that suits your working style and empowers you to do your best work, so we are eager to answer any questions that you have about us at any point in the interview process.

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