Backend Engineer Intern

Grindr West Hollywood , CA 90069

Posted 2 months ago


Our Engineering team is looking for an intern Backend Software Engineer who will bring their passion for solving performance/efficiency problems at scale while building out functionality in the app that will deliver innovative solutions and experiences for users across the globe.

In this role, you will collaborate with an elite team of engineers to build and maintain a robust, reliable, app, while proactively looking for improvements to our product's codebase.


  • Design, develop and test versatile microservices for a cloud-based environment. Our 5 core microservices are:

  • Profile (sign up, sign in, and account)

  • Search within the app

  • Geolocation

  • Chat

  • Media services (photos, videos, and audio)

  • Design/update core, backend software components, including new features, refactoring code, and tweaking existing features based on our user's needs

  • Optimize and fine tune key pieces of Grindr's platform like MySQL, Redis, and ElasticSearch

Desired Qualifications

  • M.S. in Computer Science

  • 1+ years of experience designing and developing highly scalable systems

  • Experience in engineering practices such as code refactoring, design patterns, microservices, building highly scalable applications

  • Experience developing in Java 8

  • Experience using AWS technologies such as EC2

  • Experience with CI/CD (Jenkins or Travis)

  • Experience with messaging protocols: XMPP, AMQP, and knowledge of message brokers such as RabbitMQ or Kafka

Why Work at Grindr?

Since 2009, Grindr has built the world's largest social network for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. Now more than just an app, we're a family of lifestyle brands with the shared mission to connect LGBTQ people with the world around them:

  • Grindr The location-based social app that started it all. Over 3 million people use Grindr daily, from every country on the planet.

  • INTO A digital magazine dedicated to queer perspectives: news, culture, commentary, video, and more.

  • Grindr for Equality (G4E) Our social mission to promote justice, health, and safety for LGBTQ individuals around the globe.

  • Gaymoji A one-of-a-kind collection of over 500+ stickers available on iOS, Android, and in the Grindr app.

Behind the brands, Grindr is an inclusive and passionate family of thinkers, innovators, leaders, and most importantly, doers. We're fueled by endless curiosity, constant collaboration, and a knack for crossing every finish line all within an agile growth environment. We also enjoy tons of perks, great social events, and stunning views from our HQ in West Hollywood.

Benefits & Perks

  • Catered lunch, every day

  • Stocked kitchen

  • Free on-site parking

  • Casual dress environment

Grindr is an equal opportunity employer

  • Recruiting firms that submit resumes to Grindr without first entering into a written contract will not be entitled to any compensation on candidates referred by that firm.
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