Summer Job in Engineering for BC High School Students

Love technology? High school student in grade 11 or 12 or self-taught? Live in BC?

Hootsuite’s Engineers would love to help you develop your technical skills and knowledge about people, process, and technology by working with you over the summer. You’ll pair with a mentor and work at our Vancouver office side-by-side with a passionate, egoless team of Engineers having fun building something bigger than themselves. Experience what it’s like to make a difference in people’s lives by building the products that turn messages into meaningful relationships.

There are opportunities at Hootsuite in all aspects of Engineering including software (both mobile and web), operations, security, and IT.

This is a paid position with a competitive salary.

Application instructions are at the end of this post.

Passive learning creates knowledge. Active practice creates skill.James Clear

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Software Engineering

Work with our engineers to build and ship software in a continuous delivery environment, where we ship code to production many times a day. Come pair up with a mentor, collaborate on solving problems with other engineers, and play an active role in shaping our product and our culture. Some of our current technologies include iOS, Android, Scala, Akka, Play framework, Javascript (React.js and Flux), HTML/CSS, MongoDB, MySQL, and more.

This is what Chris Bolton – a high-school student on our Mobile Web team – has to say about working at Hootsuite.

“Hootsuite provided me a chance to hone my technical skills. Working with a user base as large as Hootsuite’s proved to be an exciting challenge for me, and was definitely out of my comfort zone. I’ve come to realize that working in such an environment allowed me to not only cement the knowledge I’d previously acquired, but expand my abilities.

Collaborating with senior developers on issues gave me the security that I was going in the right direction, while also giving me the safety net needed to let me branch out and experiment. The past summer has not felt like a job, but rather a bootcamp on steroids. The experience at Hootsuite has been invaluable to say the least.”Chris Bolton (Grade 12 student at Windsor Secondary in N.Vancouver. Watch his Lightning Talk on The Lives of Hyperconnected Teens)

Operations Engineering

Our operations engineers to build and maintain the systems infrastructure, servers, and networks that power our mission-critical social media applications. Put another way, your code may not end up on the homepage, but your team loves you because you make everything “just work”. Our current technical stack includes Nginx, Redis, MySQL, MongoDB, zeroMQ, rabbitMQ, and many others. We build tools with Python and Ruby.

“I learned how to setup and use tools which are used by system administrators all over the world. Working with and setting up database clusters with real-world data and guidance on how to set up for high-load usage were particularly awesome. I completed projects that improved internal workflow, implemented core infrastructure systems that are still being used today, and I have met some amazing people” – Ronald Bow, 2013 Co-op & now full-time Operations Engineer


Our security team ensures the security of Hootsuite’s data and environment, along with building the integration of security into the fabric of our company. You’ll be be working to ensure our suite of applications and services stay safe and secure by mitigating attacks, detecting threats, and fixing vulnerabilities.

“Working in Security and Compliance team taught me how an enterprise security operates. I learned how to detect vulnerabilities in our system and worked with amazing people from operations, IT, and Engineering teams to remediate those issues. I learn something new everyday.” – Simon Song, Co-op Security Engineer 2015


Our “NerdNest” team supports our 600+ staff who need a stable and reliable environment to get their work done: hardware troubleshooting, setting up laptops, network admin. This is best done with a positive attitude, by someone who is graceful under pressure and has a natural curiosity for solving problems with physical technology. Our technology includes over 900 Apple computers to support globally, VoIP, AD, Okta, VMWare, Meraki, multiple SaaS solutions, and Google Apps to highlight a few.

“I used to think that being in IT is about being a hardware engineer, but once I started my co-op, I realized that there is a great deal of diversity within the IT department. There are a variety of opportunities and positions: helpdesk, support, purchaser, system administrators, and technicians.” – Shameen Gill – Co-op IT 2015. Read about her experience as Hootsuite’s first IT Co-op.

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Application Instructions

Applications for Summer 2015 are now closed – Noel. April 27, 2015.