2014 Summer Internships: hacking on Bitcoin with Go

We are pleased to announce our 2014 summer internship program at Conformal Systems. A short summary of the program is as follows:
hacking Bitcoin with Go

  • 2 full-time intern positions are available for the summer of 2014.
  • Interns will be expected to work on remote.
  • Interns can be from any country or timezone, but timezone may be a factor in intern selection due to synchronization issues.
  • Interns will be expected to speak and write in English at a conversant but not fluent level.
  • Interns will work on open source Bitcoin-related projects the entire summer.
  • Interns will be expected to develop exclusively in the Go programming language.
  • Interns are expected to have the “Minimum Recommended Skillset” from the code contribution guidelines for the btcd suite.
  • Interns can either (A) work on projects assigned by Conformal Systems staff or (B) “bring your own project” (BYOP) which we approve as part of the internship.
  • The internships are open to anyone currently attending undergraduate or graduate school, or anyone of similar age. Broadly speaking, we consider anyone age 15 and up to be eligible.
  • Pay will be roughly a “graduate student” level, approximately USD 2,000 (pre-tax) per month.

Our goal with offering these internships is to increase the ranks of the Bitcoin developer community. A more widespread understanding of Bitcoin system internals will lead to building better systems in the future, both in terms of software built on top of Bitcoin and enhancements to Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. While some internship programs have the wholly selfish goal of curating talent that is acquired later on, that is not the case here. We are more interested in building the developer community and spreading the talent around than trying to hoard all the talent. To this point, we are interested in working with people who want to

  • do academic research on cryptocurrencies
  • start their own altcoins
  • start a Bitcoin-related business
  • work for Conformal Systems
  • do cryptocurrency work for large corporations, e.g. Google or Amazon

While it would be nice to grow the ranks of developers at Conformal Systems, that is not our primary goal. We are looking for talented interns who really care about the code they write and who will ultimately continue contributing to the cryptocurrency space in the future.

All applications should contain the following information:

  • a short 1-2 page resume describing your educational background, interests and any projects you have worked on
  • a 1-2 paragraph explanation of why you are interested in Bitcoin, or more generally cryptocurrencies

Please email applications to internships@conformal.com. The (soft) deadline for internship applications is April 15th, and applications received after that date may not receive the same consideration as those that arrive before it.

A bright future for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies depends on growing the developer network, so even if you aren’t interested in this internship, it would be great if you could show it to someone who is. We want you to help us build the future of cryptocurrency.

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