Software Engineering Intern

Software Engineering Interns will work on the GitLab Product, like all engineers who work on the product. This may include both the open source version of GitLab, the enterprise editions, and the service. You will work in either a Frontend or Backend team on a mature stage product at GitLab.


  • Experience coding with Ruby on Rails or JavaScript framework (ideally Vue.js or other JS frameworks) either through university, personal projects or previous work experience.
  • Proficiency in the English language, both written and verbal, sufficient for success in a remote and largely asynchronous work environment
  • The ability to understand complex technical, architectural, and/or organizational problems
  • Comfort working in a highly agile, intensely iterative software development process
  • Positive and solution-oriented mindset
  • Effective communication skills: Regularly achieve consensus with peers, and clear status updates
  • An inclination towards communication, inclusion, and visibility
  • Self-motivated and self-managing, with strong organizational skills, but with plenty of support from mentors, managers and internship managers throughout the programme
  • Share our values, and work in accordance with those values
  • Ability to thrive in a fully remote organization
  • Computer Science Education or equivalent courses
  • Contributor to open source projects
  • Ability to use GitLab


  • Experience with the GitLab product as a user or contributor
  • Completed foundation studies (1st year of college/university) in Computer Science or equivalent courses


  • Develop features and improvements to the GitLab product in a secure, well-tested, and performant way
  • Collaborate with Mentors and your Manager to maintain a high bar for quality in a fast-paced, iterative environment
  • Advocate for improvements to product quality, security, and performance
  • Solve technical problems of varying level of complexity
  • Craft code that meets our internal standards for style, maintainability, and best practices for a high-scale web environment.
  • Confidently ship small features and improvements with guidance and support from mentors and managers.

Hiring Process

Due to the high volume of applications, the bar is set very high and applications will be looked at extensively when making a decision to move a candidate forward.

  1. Application
    1. Candidates are required to provide answers to:
      1. Technical Questions
      2. Situational Questions rather than STAR, as may not have any direct work/relatable experience.
      3. Cover Letter addressing 1-2 specific topics
  2. Technical Assessment
    1. Automated online technical assessment
    2. Technical assessment interview
  3. Behaviourial and Values based panel interview consisting of 3 panelists:
    • Hiring Manager
    • Recruiter/HR
    • Misc Interviewer
  4. Decision is made and successful candidates will subsequently be made an offer. Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page

Performance Indicators

To Be Determined


About GitLab

GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 2,200 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, self-learning, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, inclusion and belonging, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.

Top 10 Reasons to Work for GitLab:

  1. Mission: Everyone can contribute
  2. Results: Fast growth, ambitious vision
  3. Flexible Work Hours: Plan your day so you are there for other people & have time for personal interests
  4. Transparency: Over 2,000 webpages in GitLab handbook, GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel
  5. Iteration: Empower people to be effective & have an impact, Merge Request rate, We dogfood our own product, Directly responsible individuals
  6. Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: A focus on gender parity, Team Member Resource Groups, other initiatives
  7. Collaboration: Kindness, saying thanks, intentionally organize informal communication, no ego
  8. Total Rewards: Competitive market rates for compensation, Equity compensation, global benefits (inclusive of office equipment)
  9. Work/Life Harmony: Flexible workday, Family and Friends days
  10. Remote Done Right: One of the world's largest all-remote companies, prolific inventor of remote best practices

See our culture page for more!

Work remotely from anywhere in the world. Curious to see what that looks like? Check out our remote manifesto and guides.

Last modified December 18, 2023: Reword Gitlab to GitLab (0ad5a6ed)