Did the recession cause your internship offer to get pulled?
Didn’t get that YCombinator funding you were hoping for?
Or maybe you were just too busy partying to plan your summer?
Well you’re in luck. We at Action Verb just decided to move to a new
office, which means that we now have more desks. Our empty desks are
basically begging for interns.
Our internship positions are part-time [20-30 hours per week] and
interns never work on Fridays. So read our offer and see if we can
convince you to come chill in NYC for the summer. We’d love to have you.
ABOUT ACTION VERB:
Action Verb, LLC is a small, fast-growing NYC-based startup (founded by a Harvard ’08 graduate) that is revolutionizing the way web design firms operate.
Our first and main product, Vae, is a hosted content management
platform that totally separates the internal content management
interface from the public-facing websites. Designers build a custom
backend interface for each site using our graphical tools by selecting
what types of data structures are needed for each section of the site.
(For example, a Record Label site might have a collection of Artists,
each of which has Photos, Videos, Tour Dates, Blog Posts, MP3s and
Links.) Their clients can then log in to Vae and add/edit content
within the framework created by the designer. This content is made
available via a PHP API,
and through VaeML, our proprietary content presentation language. Vae
also integrates eCommerce, targeted E-Mail Marketing, hosting, and
more. See http://vaeplatform.com/ for a bigger picture and a demo video.
Vae is powerful enough that it enables small design teams (even
those without programmers) to compete with big design firms for big
projects. But it’s also quite addictive — most design firms that use
Vae now use it exclusively, even for small sites. Vae is being used
on more than 100 websites.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP OFFER:
We’re looking for two people to join our team as summer interns
working on the Vae platform. You will work on real problems, and write
real code that will be used in production.
We will work with you to identify and break off a problem that can
be tackled fully while you’re with us. We want you to do something
you’re interested in, and we have problems that run the spectrum from
intensely algorithmic to frontend CSS work.
Possible intern projecs include:
- rewrite VaeML parser in C using Ragel
- optimize VaeQL engine for performance, using the set of queries that are actually being run on our production sites
- integrate Vae with GitHub to provide one-click deploy from github to a vae site
our newsletter analytics with our eCommerce analytics to provide a
clearer picture of the sales funnel that originates from newsletter
- import/export engines to allow clients to easily migrate from or to other platforms such as WordPress
- or anything else that you can convince us is useful
Interns work 20-30 hours per week, and our schedule is fairly
flexible — so please take time to go enjoy the city. We normally work
from 11-7. So a typical schedule for interns would be 11-5,
Monday-Thursday. Or you could do 1-7.
Our internships pay $3,000, spread over 10 weeks. If you’re here for
less than 10 weeks (and you can be), prorate accordingly. We will also
give you an unlimited ride MetroCard, so you can get all over the city.
We will bend over backwards to get you college credit for the
internship, as long as you point us in the right direction for your
school. If your college requires that it be an unpaid internship to get
credit, we’ll see if we can get you that $3,000 some indirect way.
Given that we’re getting a late start, we’d want you to start as
soon as you could. Unfortunately, this also means that finding housing
in NYC will probably be a pain, and you’ll be on your own for that. Craigslist is your friend.
Ideal candidates will:
- be rising college sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Exceptions
can be made though, so if you’re the next Nathan Weizenbaum, please
- have solid experience with either Ruby on Rails [preferred] or PHP [we have some code in PHP that you could work on, but it’s hardcore, not fluffy web stuff]
In the vein of 37signals, we’d be very surprised if we hired anyone that doesn’t use a Mac. Let the flames begin.
To apply, please send your:
- cover letter (see http://www.37signals.com/svn/posts/1748 but don’t stress about making it formal, just tell us why you’re interested in us and why we’d be interested in you.)
- design portfolio (if you have one and are interested in something more frontend oriented. totally optional.)
No phone calls or recruiters, please.