Founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education. Across our core initiatives of Science and Education, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and advocacy, to progress in our mission of building an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

By pairing engineers with leaders in our education, science, and justice and opportunity partners, we can bring technology to the table in new ways to help drive solutions. We are uniquely positioned to design, build, and scale software systems to help educators, scientists, and policy experts better address the myriad challenges they face. Our technology team is already helping schools bring personalized learning tools to teachers and schools across the country and supporting scientists around the world as they develop a comprehensive reference atlas of all cells in the human body.

The Single Cell Engineering Team is building interactive visual interfaces that put data directly into the hands of scientists. A pilot of our platform was rapidly deployed to host data from healthy and COVID-19 infected tissues, which enabled researchers to evaluate the infectability of different types of cells, which is determined by their co-expression of two key genes: ACE2 and TMPRSS2. This pilot demonstrated how visual tools can help unlock single cell data, enabling scientists to understand how genetic variants impact disease risk, define drug toxicities, and discover better therapies.

As a whole, the Single Cell program aims to facilitate the generation of comprehensive reference maps of all human cells, such as the Human Cell Atlas, as a basis for understanding fundamental human biological processes and diagnosing, monitoring, and treating disease. These reference maps are derived from terabytes of cell biology images and biological sequence information. However, cell biologists and physicians, the scientists who have the knowledge to interpret the data, often lack the computational skills needed to access the data.

As a Software Engineer Intern for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, you will create technology products to support our mission. You will work with various stakeholders to conceptualize and define engineering projects and goals, and you will build and deploy software to accomplish these goals.

Interested in learning more about CZI’s Technology? Check out our blog here.

You will

  • Work on frontend, backend and full-stack web/mobile development
  • Build and maintain data ingestion and processing systems
  • Apply software development skills to a wide range of coding projects
  • Create ad-hoc technology tools for external partners

You have

  • Targeted graduation date between December 2022 through Summer 2023
  • Pursuing a BS or MS degree (Computer Science or related field preferred) and will have time remaining in school after your summer internship
  • Experience with developing and debugging software
  • The ability to work for 12 consecutive weeks during the Summer 2022

Nice to have

  • Software engineering experience from previous internships, work experience, hackathons, academic research, or personal projects
  • Experience with languages such as C/C++, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, and shell scripts
  • Experience with frontend web development technologies
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL
  • Familiarity with big data technologies
  • Experience working in Linux/Unix environments
CZI believes that vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to fight COVID-19 and save lives. It aligns to our mission and work to cure, manage, and prevent disease. Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all applicants and employees to come onsite to a CZI facility. CZI will consider exceptions to this policy for medical or religious reasons on an individualized basis.

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