The Dream Internship: Work at Automattic (Summer 2013)

Update: The application period is now closed. Thank you to all who have submitted an application! We’ll get in touch with potential candidates via email. 

Our company Automattic — which runs, Akismet, VaultPress, and many other services — is looking for a few stellar summer student development interns, specifically to work with us on the VIP team.

As a paid intern, you’ll be working on a range of projects depending on your skills & passions — everything from doing development work on plugins that improve WordPress functionality for large media companies to working on core features and development. Last year, our interns had a great time developing code for that launched and is still in use! One of our intern developers worked on an early version of Enterprise, and another worked on Push Syndication, which is live on the VIP platform now.

Where will you be working you may ask? Anywhere! We are a distributed company and are happy if you work from wherever you are — including your parent’s summer beach house — as long as you have a good broadband connection. The internship runs 8-10 weeks between June 1st and August 1st, 2013, but we are flexible on the dates.

Interested? Write up a post on your WordPress blog and leave a comment on this post with a link to it telling us what you’d work on — for example, a killer plugin or integration, a feature improvement, etc. Your comment and link will remain private to the VIP team.

Send in your internship application by May 1st, but the earlier, the better!

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

20 thoughts on “The Dream Internship: Work at Automattic (Summer 2013)

  1. Hi, does it have to be a blog? I have a website powered by, would that be acceptable as well? It is linked with my account through JetPack.

    1. @Tri – Sorry about that – a WordPress site in general is fine. The more you use / experiment with, the more ideas you may come up with though.

  2. Hi

    Is it mandatory that one should have done something (significant) previously? Because I am really interested in WP development (Themes, Plugins and other core features too) but I have not done anything so that I can showcase it. 🙁


    1. You don’t need to have a WordPress development background; general development or programming experience is fine. We’re primarily interested in strong developers who are willing to learn 🙂

  3. Is it possible for a 17-year-old student which, after the internship would get into uni, to apply?

    1. @ibittler – We’re looking for students who are close to graduating from university, so you’ll have a few years yet!

      In any case, it’s a good idea to start getting involved in volunteering in the open source WordPress project if you’re interested in working with and contributing to the WordPress project – you can start at any time and there’s no age limit 🙂

    1. Hi there! Please link to a post you’ve written which tells the team about yourself, and what you’d like to do during your internship. Check out the post above for more details.

  4. Hello,

    I am very interested in this internship! I don´t have a blog, I have my own website, created with wordpress, how should I apply?

    Thank you!

    1. @Egle – Feel free to create a free blog here at, and post it there. Then come back here and submit the blog post link in a comment. Otherwise, you can also create a (public) page on your WP website and submit that as well.

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