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DescriptionWe are a pre-launch start up seeking an intern who will be an integral member of our team as we prepare to launch in the worlds of web-based membership communities and pet care. Our business model, which uses and online platform to match neighboring pet owners with one another to exchange pet care, is a disruptive game-changer that will bring exciting changes to the pet-related industry, which generates more than $50 billion a year. Based in Los Angeles, we aim to launch within the next month and need a strong technical intern with knowledge of XML and HTTPS protocols to manage and maintain vital data systems. Experience programming mobile applications (iOS, Android) a plus but not required. Knowledge of database creation and management as well as web development/programming are also preferred. This internship will initially be unpaid, however, successful candidates with strong performance will be considered to be brought on full-time as part of our permanent team at completion.
ResponsibilitiesAs the technical and data management intern, you will be responsible initially for programming a tool to interact with an existing API using XML and HTTPS protocol. The tool will be required to request, retrieve and store certain data in an automated fashion. You will be provided with guidelines and sample code to assist in creating this tool. Using the data that it recovers, you will also be responsible for executing a number of key tasks related to the core of the business on a daily basis. More specifically, you will be tasked with monitoring and updating information related to personal data of our customers. Initially this will be a small set of users which will expand as the start up gains traction, so you will need to be able to scale your execution of core tasks accordingly. Additional related tasks will be assigned as needed.
We also have a need for candidates with web development and programming, mobile application development and database creation/management knowledge. These skills are not required for the current internship but will be helpful in executing future needs and very influential in retaining the selected intern as a full-time member of our team.
Because our start up is a web-based business, your physical location is not as important as your accessibility and accountability. We will require daily logging of tasks and virtual check-ins (Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, etc). This internship is an opportunity to play a key role in launching and supporting the next web giant (think Facebook, eHarmony, Care.com, etc). We need someone who is not only technically proficient, but who will be reliable, honest, trustworthy, detailed and organized, and who will be as excited and passionate about this undertaking as we are! If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you!
RequirementsDue to the status of our business, information security is paramount. You will first and foremost be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the interest of protecting sensitive company information.
MUST be proficient in XML programming and HTTPS protocol
MUST have experience with APIs, writing programs that interact with existing APIs especially
Should have strong knowledge of automation and data management
Should have technical aptitude sufficient to learn and operate within proprietary web environments