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Web/Application Developer Internship

The Smithsonian's National Zoo's information technology web team is looking for a web/application developer intern to join its office for the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. This is a great opportunity for students to gain real-world experience building impactful applications and interfaces, and to learn about the day-to-day operations of a web office in a large and complex government agency. This position will primarily be remote, but the ideal candidate will visit the office at least once a week for check-ins and team meetings. 

Learning Objectives: 

Through this internship, interns will:

  • Learn how to apply programming skills and concepts toward\ building impactful, real-world applications in an agency-driven environment
  • Learn about the inner workings of a multi-dev environment that uses Git (version control), Planner (project management), and code reviews to manage and deploy code  
  • Understand developer best practices, including code linting and standards, creating documentation, and determining project scope and expectations
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with stakeholders and clients to gather requirements and translate them into workable prototypes
  • Work with languages and frameworks including JavaScript and PHP
  • Must be a current student in an undergraduate or graduate program in computer science or a related field
  • Able to devote 10-20 hours per week to internship
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to pass a background investigation
  • A Github profile with work examples

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Interest in working with CMS frameworks, such as Drupal or WordPress
  • Interest in learning about Git and Github to manage and deploy code
  • A desire to work with JavaScript and PHP; interest in learning a popular JavaScript framework (Vue, React, Angular) a bonus
  • Familiarity with object-oriented languages and paradigms
This is an unpaid internship. Special consideration will be given to applicants who receive college credit for internship. Intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo does not provide free parking to interns.
Term of appointment: 

This is a six-month internship for the Winter 2019/Spring 2020 term, with the possibility of extension. Start and end dates are flexible. The intern should be able to commit to 10-20 hours per week.

Application deadline(s): 
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Washington DC
Internship Category: 
Information Technology
How to Apply: 

To apply, go to solaa.si.edu. Select "Don't have an Account? Create An Account." Complete the information to create an account.

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations.
  • Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Two references (can be academic or professional)
  • Schedule of availability

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:

  • Type of appointment: “Internship”
  • Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
  • Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
  • Project: “Web/Application Developer Internship”

IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA-submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.