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Internship Opportunities

(Received from Alejandra Ruiz, Smith ’17)

I am emailing in regards to a few opportunities available in the Silicon Valley this summer, associated with the NASA-Smith College pilot program. As you may know, NASA Ames accepted 10 students as interns, who were assigned to various projects such as sleep studies, programming, and working with startups. This year, we are recruiting again and already have around 20 acceptances from Smithies. Posted below are three organizations that we are still hoping to assign students to, and my supervisor (Dr. Erika Rodriguez […]) has asked that I reach out to CS students to apply. Housing may be available at the students expense, at an estimated rate of $30/night at the NASA Ames Research Park near Mountain View, CA.


A startup company specializing in 3D bioprinting. We are looking for a student with a background in C++. This is an unpaid position.


This startup builds smart meters, and collects data regarding the energy usage in homes in Nigeria. Solstice aims to assist homeowners and small businesses throughout the country to responsibly consume, and helps homeowners/residents know their consumption of energy. We are looking for a dynamic student who is familiar with coding (no specific programming language), and can work with the data that has been collected by the company already. This position is also electrical engineering heavy. Solstice will subsidize the intern by paying for their flight expenses.


Established in 2014, Massdrop is a “social space and market place”. I have posted the website link below (it requires users to sign up), and have attached the job description provided by the company. We are looking for second year computer science majors for this opportunity. This position will be paid at $30/hr should the applicant be accepted.

[…] For additional details, I would be happy to connect with students this week if they email me at or at




Massdrop Software Internship | Summer 2017

Massdrop Engineering is a small, fast-moving team dedicated to fundamentally changing the way enthusiast communities buy and interact online. We’re looking for team players with natural product intuition who can work harder, faster, and smarter without sacrificing technical excellence. Given our distinct hybrid of community commerce, you should be comfortable in uncharted territories, and you should be excited to build systems to support our active communities as we scale to millions of users.

As a full-stack software engineering intern, you’ll have a direct impact on the Massdrop experience. Do you like the way we empower our users to choose the best products, and want to refine the way users vote, talk and buy? Then you should apply to join our team.

Here are the skills and experience we hope you have:

  • Comfortable with the following words (and are comfortable learning new ones): JavaScript, React.js and Fluxible, Node.js, MySQL, Redis/Memcached, AWS, Sass, JavaScript frameworks (Backbone.js, Angular.js, etc.)
  • Consider rapid & high-quality development both requirements, not trade-offs
  • Design and business oriented — you understand requirements beyond the written word (whether you’re working on an API used by other developers, an internal tool for our operations team, or a

    feature used by our enthusiastic users, your attention to detail leads to a delightful user


  • Plays nice with others — our team is about quality engineering, not big egos

    Examples of Past Projects Completed by Interns:

  • Developed internal calendar tool for scheduling product sales – now used by the entire buying org!
  • Rebuild our discussion system
  • Build a new sorting algorithm to highlight new products since last user visit
  • Developed method to trigger community subscriptions from our email links
  • Build react-native mobile app prototype
  • Revamped our First Time User Experience (FTUE)

    Who We Are

    Massdrop puts community first. We create high-quality, custom gear, apparel, and products inspired and designed by our online communities. We provide over 2 million members a place to connect, discuss, buy products together, and learn about the things that are important to them.

    Massdrop is committed to diversity in its workforce. Massdrop is an equal employment employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, veteran or disability status.

April 5th, 2017 · Tags: Internships