Kiva Software Engineering Intern, General (127-557)

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Kiva Microfunds
875 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: May 4, 2014
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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The Company:
Called the "hottest non-profit on the planet" by FORTUNE magazine and a Top 50 Website by TIME, Kiva ( is the world's first and largest online microfinance lending platform with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. To date, it has facilitated over $475 million in loans to more than a million borrowers. Kiva's interns have been integral to this success since Kiva was founded in 2005. With our interns’ passion, drive, ideas, and expertise, we are able to expand our reach and make a real impact.

Kiva's Software Engineering General Intern Role:
Be a member of a world class web-business engineering team, on a mission to help alleviate poverty through lending. Kiva is an open standards based shop, leveraging the best of the open-source communities as well as the latest technologies to emerge. Depending on interests and expertise we have a variety of projects.
This is an unpaid internship.

Job Responsibilities:
Working with one of our engineering teams, you will be responsible for the ideation, design, coding, testing and perhaps even deployment of one of a variety of tools, applications, or services. The specifics will depend on the skillsets available. Our needs run from deep systems work at one end to UX design at the other.
Example projects range from site security to analysis of ‘big data’ to end user based tools. Tools to facilitate the engineering and release process is another area of interest.

Position Details:
Gathering requirements from the Product team.
Turning requirements in to specifications for sign-off.
Liaising with the Design team regarding UI layout and interactions.
Coding the application.
Regular code reviews with the Engineering team.


The most important skills are drive, engineering acumen, and a desire to move at ‘internet speed’.
In terms of specific technologies we use a variety of PHP, Ruby-on-Rails, JavaScript, Android, and several others depending on which portion of our solution is being involved.
Skilled at working collaboratively with multiple teams in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills
Strategic thinker with the ability to balance competing needs, generate creative approaches, and manage uncertainty
Ability to think about long-term content strategy and operations, as well as juggle multiple short-term deadlines
Is self directed, eager to meet and exceed objectives, and excited to take

Casual work environment
Opportunity to join the team of the world's first online person-to-person lending platform
References gladly given for successful participants

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