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Software Engineering Intern: Fall 2019

| Chicago

Build Flexport’s product to make an impactThe opportunity:

We’re looking for Engineering interns to join us on the journey to automate many of the most painful and complex processes in the last industry to go untouched by technology. Aside from being part of a team that continuously deploys code, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real impact where no project is too big or small.

Our dog-friendly downtown Chicago office is set in the Fulton Market district just a few blocks from the Morgan Green Line station. Within our radius you’ll find Emporium, Aviary, Stumptown Coffee, and other notable neighborhood spots.

You will:

  • Own a project that has serious impact on Flexport’s business
  • Work across our tech stack using React, ES2017, Ruby, Relay & GraphQL
  • Code that contributes to our core product—you won't be tossed a list of edge-case bugs nobody else wants to solve
  • Have an experienced mentor who considers it their job to make sure you're growing the skills you need
  • Organize fragmented data from the world of freight forwarding into intelligible data models that drive efficiency in our core application
  • Build scalable programs that standardize information flow & increase operational efficiency
  • Be part of a close-knit engineering team that continuously ships new code

You will get:

  • A competitive salary
  • Your flight to and from Chicago
  • Housing peace of mind — we know the metropolitan market is crazy, so we'll take care of funding housing
  • Daily catered lunches — and breakfast & snacks to boot
  • Easy access to our downtown office. We’re conveniently located in the heart of the city, close to public transit and near the best bars & restaurants the city has to offer
  • A calendar of team events and offsites to allow you to get to know your teammates

You should have:

  • An ability to navigate through difficult software problems
  • A product-first approach to building software. You care about the real world functionality of your programming
  • Experience with web applications. Ideally functional knowledge of JavaScript and MVC frameworks (we use Rails)
  • A bias for action & strive for excellence
  • A desire to work hard and the curiosity to learn
  • Twelve weeks of full-time availability—this internship has a start date in September 2019

About Flexport:

We believe global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easier for everyone. We aim to do this by building the Operating System for Global trade - a strategic model combining advanced technology and data analytics, logistics infrastructure, and supply chain expertise. Flexport today connects almost 10,000 clients and suppliers across 109 countries, including established global brands like Georgia-Pacific as well as emerging innovators like Sonos. Started in 2013, we've raised over $1.3B in funding from SoftBank Vision Fund, Founders Fund, GV, First Round Capital and Y Combinator. We’re excited about the three big ways we’re moving forward after our recent $1B investment from SoftBank Vision Fund in February 2019.

Our stack:

We deploy continuously with our Buildkite CI setup. Our frontend is built with Flow-typed ES2017. We have around 1500 React components and 100 Flux stores, though we’re beginning to use GraphQL & Relay to replace Flux. We test the frontend with Jest and enzyme. On the backend, we're a Rails shop riding on Postgres RDS and AWS.

Worried about not having any freight forwarding experience?

  • Don’t be! We’re building the first Operating System for Global Trade. That’s why it’s incredibly important for us to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the freight forwarding industry forward.
  • What’s freight forwarding and why does it matter? Freight forwarding is the coordination and shipment of goods from one place to another and it’s what makes global trade possible. Flexport is on a mission to make global trade easier for everyone because we believe it can help connect the world and break down economic barriers.
  • We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport intern up for success.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • PeriscopeAnalytics
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • MailChimpEmail

Location

Come be a part of the founding team in our newest U.S. office! We're located near tons of restaurants and only a 10-minute walk from 3 parks!

An Insider's view of Flexport

What are some social events your company does?

We have a lot! In-house trivia nights, monthly team lunch outings, and TedTalk Tuesdays are some. Our office has good vibes all around.

JIllian

Global Operations Associate

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We are solving the extreme complexity and opacity of trucking coordination and execution in international supply chains. We bring visibility and control to our customers while also reducing operational overhead.

Uri

Senior Engineering Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

Ownership. Our company is growing quickly and the surface area of our product is growing quickly as well. The strongest contributors identify important projects and see them through completely. They are proactive from the initial research and design phases to the post-launch productive monitoring. As Flexport grows, they emerge as natural leaders.

Max

Staff Engineer

How does your team reward individual success?

The squad model makes every team member's accomplishments integral to his/her peers success which, in turn, stimulates each us to celebrate each others wins through shoutouts on slack, nominations for projects and applause at team meetings.

Ellen

Global Operations Associate

What are Flexport Perks + Benefits

Flexport Benefits Overview

Flexport is an employee forward company. We know that life comes first and want you to take the time you need with our flexible paid time off program. We offer 100% covered health, vision, and dental insurance, 401K, performance bonuses, stock with a 10-year tax option, commuter benefits, a generous maternity (18 weeks with a phase back program that offers reduced hours and flexible schedule during their first month back) and paternity leave (8 weeks), free lunch and snacks, dog-friendly offices, pay equity, career advancement, and more.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Flexport's flexible PTO policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need, providing they get manager approval.
Paid Volunteer Time
Flexport encourages employees to give back with paid volunteer time off up to 10 hours per year.
Paid Holidays
Flexport gives all full-time employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Flexport offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all full-time employees.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Flexport provides catered lunches Monday - Friday and stocks our kitchen with breakfast foods for employees to enjoy in the morning.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We're proud that we collectively speak over 40 languages and live on 3 continents. We strive to create a workplace where candidates, employees, and all community members within Flexport’s ecosystem of connected organizations are encouraged to share their stories, celebrate their cultures, and learn from one another. Joining Flexport means joining a truly global community.

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