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Pinterest Labs Research Intern (PhD, Infrastructure)


Pinterest Labs Research Intern (PhD, Infrastructure)

San Francisco | California | United States

Pinterest brings millions of people the inspiration to create a life they love for everything; whether that be tonight’s dinner, next summer’s vacation, or a dream house down the road. We’re looking for talented backend software engineering interns to help us build and deliver Pinterest to those millions of people all over the world. As a research intern at Pinterest Labs, you should be a generalist who's passionate about building large-scale distributed systems that are fast and scalable. We are building the world's first discovery engine, serving up millions of recommendations to an incredibly loyal user base. The team is also building one of the fastest-growing online ad platforms, and our success depends on mining rich user interest data that helps us connect users with relevant advertisers. We offer a 12-week summer internship program in our San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.

What you’ll do:

  • Work on small teams to build infrastructure in areas like storage, caching, spam detection, analytics, and engineering efficiency, large scale distributed systems, and machine learning platform
  • Build and scale observability tools to help other engineers gain visibility into Pinterest infrastructure and services (tools include metrics system, alerting, logsearch and distributed tracing)
  • Improve developer productivity and velocity

What we’re looking for:

  • Working towards a PhD in Computer Science or related field
  • Knowledge of Python, C/C++ and/or Java
  • Experience with databases, distributed systems, machine learning platforms, operating system internals, networking and file systems also a plus 


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