Summer 2016 Internships

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The Carnegie Mellon Database Group is hiring multiple interns for a summer project in distributed database systems at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania campus. We are building a new open-source system that can support fast transaction processing workloads (OLTP) and large-scale analytical queries (OLAP) on a single database. It will be an intense 12-week internship where we will develop components for distributed operation, query execution, and concurrency control. We believe this project will be an amazing experience for all involved – by the end of the summer the group will have a deep knowledge of database internals and research experience. Each intern will work closely with the CMU Database faculty and students to build new data management systems and tools.

We especially encourage students who are interested in pursuing PhD-level database research in the near future to apply.


Strong C/C++ and SQL programming skills is a requirement. Applicant must have completed at least one university-level course on either databases or distributed systems. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants with implementation experience in databases, operating systems, or distributed systems. Positions are available for students currently residing in either the US or abroad. You do not need to be a US citizen to apply.


Interns will be paid a three-month summer salary (commensurate with skills and experience) and the cost of travel expenses.

How to Apply

To apply for an internship position, please use this form. Be sure to include evidence of past systems programming experience (e.g., Github account info). You also need to include the contact information for two people who can serve as a reference. The standard internship period will be three months. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. We will select candidates in a rolling manner until all of the slots are filled.

Informal inquiries should be sent to

Announcement Posting: November 1st, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2016
Acceptance Notification: March 1st, 2016
Start Date: June 1st, 2016

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