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Confluent Confluent | 2023 Kafka PhD Software Engineering Intern in Albany, New York

Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

Who We Are

The Kafka team's mission is to build simple and comprehensive solutions for Kafka clusters that are disaster-resilient, highly available, and work seamlessly across multiple-cloud deployments (i.e., Google Cloud, AWS, Azure), hybrid cloud/on-premise, and on-premise environments, which is critical to setting data in motion. We are a team of passionate engineers who love solving complex distributed systems and infrastructure problems. Real-time infrastructure is the future and we are creating a new category for it - ‘Data in Motion’.

We are re-imagining Apache Kafka as a cloud-native service - fully serverless, elastic, multi-tenant and at scale. Our goal is to make Kafka a completely hands-free, serverless experience for customers, running at the largest scale imaginable for the lowest cost of ownership. We also actively contribute to the open source Apache Kafka that is used in production deployments by thousands of organizations across the globe.

This is a remote internship and requires a working, reliable internet connection as well as a quiet, dedicated work space.

You could work on the following teams in Kafka:

  • Kafka Developer Platform Organization

  • Kafka Storage Foundation

  • Cloud-Native Kafka Organization

  • Event Streaming

  • Foundations Organization

Your Impact

  • To design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software that will touch production and have customer facing impact

  • Follow best practices for software development and participate in code reviews

  • Manage project priorities, deadlines and deliverables

  • Help build the next generation Kafka by continuing to push the boundaries of distributed system design

Who You Are

  • Pursuing a PhD in Computer Science, Math, or a related technical field

  • You are eligible to complete a full-time internship for Spring, Summer, Fall 2023

  • Self-motivated and able to drive projects with mentorship and project requirements

  • Ability to work effectively in teams and strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Good knowledge of data structures and algorithms and are proficient in at least one of these languages: Java/Scala, C, C++, GoSmart, humble, and empathetic

  • Driven and excited about challenges of a fast-paced, innovative, and quickly growing software development environment

  • Interested in building large scale distributed systems in the cloud and are excited to make an impact

At Confluent, we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits that are in line with industry standards. This position has an annual fixed salary dependent on your degree - PhD $60/hr - and includes a housing stipend.

Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact. Employment decisions are made on the basis of job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Confluent requires all employees (in office and remote) in the U.S. to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Confluent will consider requests for reasonable accommodation based on medical conditions/contraindications or sincerely-held religious beliefs where it is able to do so without undue hardship to the company.

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