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 Software Engineering Summer Internships at ProtonMail

Head Office: Geneva, Switzerland
USA Office: San Francisco – located in SOMA, the center of the SF startup
scene. Positions are available at either location.

Flexible: May – September
Also looking for full time hires

Email resume and why you are a good fit to with 'Intern' in the subject line.

About ProtonMail:
We are a group of scientists and engineers that came together at CERN in 2013 to create the next generation of communication software: making end-to-end encryption easy to use. Our goal is to make privacy practical in the digital age, starting with email. Since our launched in May 2014, we have experienced exponential growth from users worldwide who are tired of existing email services that invade personal privacy. Last summer, we ran a record-breaking crowd funding campaign and have been scaling up to meet demand ever since.

The ProtonMail team is a diverse and driven group that strives to bring encryption technology to the mainstream and become the leaders in the growing web privacy and security space. Our rapidly growing team consists of a number of current and former Harvard students and we look forward to hearing from you.

We are looking for smart and experienced developers who can work hard and start making significant contributions quickly. Projects may involve all parts of improving or creating email, chat, and file sharing web services and mobile apps. Specialties we need are front-end (JavaScript, HTML5, AngularJS), backend (PHP, Node.js, MySQL), and mobile development (iOS, Android).

We're a startup with serious traction that has just entered the exponential growth phase. This means you will have the unique opportunity to learn how to scale an idea. As part of a smaller (but rapidly growing) team, your ideas can have a big impact and you will have serious responsibility. Our interns last year ended up being part of a record-breaking crowd funding campaign.

On the tech front, you will quickly be exposed to a wide range of web and mobile technologies, and learn a lot by being part of a tech team that is developing at a breakneck pace. Last but not least, you will not just be building tech in a growing billion-dollar industry - you will be helping to empower activists, dissidents,
journalists, and private citizens around the world.

[posted January 30, 2014]

 Jobs that make an Impact: Two years of action for our environment, our democracy, our future

iMPACT runs action campaigns on issues that matter, like global warming, clean water and big money’s influence over our democracy, and we’re hiring! This isn’t a study program or a travel program; it’s an action program. Our mission is to create the grassroots action, energy and power it takes to make an impact on important issues. If you’re serious about making an impact on these issues and you’re willing to get out and work in the real world, where issue campaigns like these are won and lost, then we’re the group for you. We also have internships available for current students during the academic year and over the summer. To learn more about our jobs and internships, visit our website at

Priority application deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2015.

[posted January 30, 2014]

 Naval Undersea Warfare Analyst

Institute for Defense Analyses is looking for a Naval Undersea Warfare Analyst.


The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for an Analyst to support the Department of Defense's assessment of the operational effectiveness and suitability of Naval Warfare-related Major Defense Acquisition Programs. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach.


The Analyst will support and advise mid- and senior-level civilian and military officials regarding the operational test and evaluation of Naval Warfare programs. In particular, the successful candidate will provide analytical support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) regarding the testing and evaluation of undersea warfare systems, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasure (MCM) systems. This includes analyzing the design, execution, and results of operational testing, and providing an independent assessment to OSD’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation. Candidates with experience in statistical test design (e.g., Design of Experiments) are encouraged to apply. Close interaction with government officials responsible for the planning, development, and execution of tests is required. Strong scientific and technical skills, particularly in the areas of data analyses, are required as well as the ability to speak and write clearly, think analytically, and work independently. Travel is required.

  • Candidates must have an advanced technical degree (Ph.D. preferred, M.S. required) in the physical sciences, applied mathematics, or engineering.
  • Prior experience with ASW and/or MCM systems is desirable, but not necessary.
  • Candidates must have strong computational and data analysis skills.
  • Candidates are encouraged to submit a brief cover letter describing their interests, skill sets, and specific abilities that are applicable to this job (upload as a single document with resume/CV).
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information as required.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

While the job description mentions specific areas of technical and military experience as desirable, most of the training will be obtained on the job; a physics or astrophysics PhD student with a good analytical mind would be well qualified.  Of the approximately 100 analysts in our division, about 60% have PhDs, with over a third of those earned in physics.  Over 20% of our staff came to IDA directly out of grad school or postdocs, with degrees from institutions such as Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, MIT, Princeton, UCSB, Wisconsin, and Yale. 

Interested candidates are welcome to email me for additional information.

[posted January 18, 2015]