Summer 2025 Internships

The Carnegie Mellon Database Group is hiring multiple remote interns for a summer project in database systems at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania campus. It will be a 12-week internship where we will develop the internal components for database management systems (DBMS). We believe this project will be a trill 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 strongly encourage women and under-represented minorities who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in database systems to apply.


  • Applicants must have completed at least one university-level course on either databases management systems, operating systems, or distributed systems. MOOCs do not count.
  • Applicants must have implementation experience in databases, operating systems, or distributed systems. Applicants with strong C/C++/Rust systems programming skills or experience with working on DBMS query optimizers are also preferred.
  • Positions are available for people currently residing in either the US or abroad. You do not need to be a US citizen to apply nor do you need to be a current student at any institution.


Interns will be paid a three-month summer salary (commensurate with skills and experience).

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.

Note: We will only contact the references for the applicants that we are interested in inviting.

Informal inquiries should be sent to

Announcement Posting: November 1, 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2025
Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2025
Start Date: June 1, 2025

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