As an Intern at LabKey, you’ll undertake challenging projects designed to offer both hands-on educational experience and valuable exposure to LabKey’s technologies, practices, procedures, clients and culture. You’ll be paired with a technical mentor to lead the way while you tackle well-matched projects that allow you to collaborate and create. As an integrated member of the product team you will work shoulder to shoulder with our talented Software and Test Engineers, Technical Writers, Program Managers, and Business Leaders. You will support various clients including Just Therapeutics, Oxford University, the Allen Institute for Cell Science, and more.
In this position, you’ll fully experience the software development process and will contribute to furthering global research while strengthening your own knowledge base. You will gain experience producing sustainable open-source code, developing software in a professional environment, collaborate with a dynamic multi-disciplinary team, gain experience in agile methodologies and own daily scrum management. You will also gain experience interfacing with researchers and bioinformaticians to ensure the product being developed meets their unique needs and workflows.
Interns are paired with an experienced developer to learn the LabKey ecosystem and the team’s development processes. This is real-world work experience in which interns are expected to perform at a fully functional level quickly.
The program is flexible with a customizable schedule, but LabKey generally expects 2-3 months of full time employment in the summer, with the possibility for continuation of a part time internship based on business needs and intern availability.
Perks and Benefits
This is a competitively paid internship opportunity. Certain educational visas may be acceptable, depending on your program and status. All LabKey staff enjoy an upbeat downtown office environment, free snacks, sick and safe time, an ORCA card, additional education opportunities, top notch technology, and a supportive and flexible work environment.
Students currently pursuing a BS or MS in Computer Science, Informatics or a related field. Sophomore or junior class standing preferred.
Possess an understanding of modern software development techniques, including the full SDLC, object-oriented design, version control, and agile methodologies. Good interpersonal and communication skills; works well with others as a part of a team and the ability to work in an extremely collaborative environment.
Must be a self-starter and have the aptitude to learn from existing documentation, web-based tutorials, colleagues and trial and error.
LabKey works primarily with the iSchool at the University of Washington and UCSD. A limited number of non-iSchool and -UCSD applicants will be invited to apply each January. LabKey typically has only one or two internship roles open each year and is extremely competitive. Applicants submit a resume for consideration, the top 10-15 finalists will receive a timed coding challenge and successful candidates will be invited for an in-person interview. Students from outside of LabKey’s targeted schools may submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
LabKey is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, minorities, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community to apply. If you have a disability and need assistance in the application process, please email email@example.com for a request for an accommodation. No recruiters please.
“I could not have asked for a better summer internship experience at LabKey. Just two weeks after my onboarding day, I was tasked with my first project that involved production-level code for a real client. LabKey treats their interns as they would a full-fledged team member, with all of the respect and responsibilities that come with it. My coworkers are the right blend of professional and fun, and I look forward to going to work every day. Be an intern! It’s the best decision you will make all summer!”
Brad Holland, LabKey Intern
“Originally, I had planned to go into research – my graduate degree is in bioinformatics – but I had the opportunity to do an internship at LabKey and it changed my path. A big part of that was the people. I had assumed a “real” job would mean sitting in a cube farm, coding 12 hours a day, not talking to anyone. Instead, I have a community of fun, intelligent, friendly people who are committed to our success and our clients. Being a Project Manager is perfect for me – I get to develop software, work with the clients, testers, developers and really contribute to the success of critical research.”