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Software Engineering Co-op

Who we are

We are a rapidly growing startup launched by serial entrepreneurs and run by a team gathered from the publishing and tech industries. Millions of readers use our products every day to find great books, and our service empowers thousands of leading publishers and authors to drive sales and find new fans. We’re expanding our team to address the challenges and opportunities of the publishing industry while continuing to help readers find stories and authors they’ll love. Check out BookBub and our audiobooks retailing platform, Chirp, and learn more about what to expect working with us.

Our co-op program

You'll join us for a full-time, competitively-paid co-op for about six months in the first half of 2023.

You'll work with a small team of engineers to implement real features used by our readers, authors, and publishers. You'll take on big challenges and collaborate across the company to ship complete, end-to-end solutions. You’ll potentially work on projects across both BookBub and our audiobooks brand, Chirp.

Please note: we’re predominantly seeking candidates graduating in spring 2024 or later.

Our engineering philosophy

We organize into small cross-functional teams that are deeply focused on one product or initiative. Teams are empowered to make product and technology decisions and quickly build the best solutions for our readers, publishers, and authors. We lean heavily on automation, good test coverage, and continuous deployment to ensure we’re constantly getting rapid feedback from our users, and follow the approach of starting small, shipping often, and deferring unnecessary complexity. We believe that we build better products when our teammates have a variety of perspectives and experiences, so we care a lot about creating a supportive and inclusive environment.

During your co-op, you will:

  • Receive one-on-one mentorship and training from experienced engineers who are dedicated to helping you grow quickly
  • Learn or deepen your understanding of the tools, languages, and frameworks we use: Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, React.js, Clojure, Postgres, Redis, AWS, and more
  • Engage in many deep technical discussions with friendly and talented engineers
  • Ship code to production regularly via our continuous deployment pipeline
  • Use automated tests and monitoring to ensure code works as expected and runs correctly in production
  • Work on high-scale systems used by millions of people
  • Complete your co-op with the skills, confidence, and experience to be a professional software engineer

What we're looking for:

  • You’re currently pursuing an undergraduate degree, with anticipated graduation in spring 2024 or later
  • You're available to work full-time for six months in the first half of 2023 (typically January–June timeline)
  • You've had at least one previous co-op or internship developing software with a team
  • You're comfortable working in at least one general-purpose programming language
  • You enjoy collaborating with others on shared goals
  • You're an effective communicator, both in writing and in person
  • You're able to break complex problems into manageable pieces and efficiently assemble solutions

Remote work flexibility

Please note: for this role, we are considering candidates who are located in the following states: MA, NY, RI, ME, PA, MD, and IL.

Our team has choose-where-you-work flexibility that allows you to choose a predominantly remote, hybrid, or in-office setup at our Cambridge, Massachusetts office. We’ll help each team member figure out the work set up that’s best for them, including WFH equipment or a dedicated desk space in our office. We value the health and safety of our people above all else, and our in-person work options will remain contingent on local safety guidelines and recommendations.

Most of our teams currently operate with a hybrid model, with some people working full- or part-time from the office, and some from home. We value and prioritize collaboration across mediums and spaces, and we invest in ensuring that meetings and other forms of collaboration are set up with equal access regardless of where you work.

Your interview experience

If you’re worried that you’re not the perfect fit for this position, we want to let you in on a secret: we’re not looking for one perfect candidate. We’re looking to get to know a wide range of candidates with different backgrounds, experiences, and interests. If this position excites you, we encourage you to apply.

Our goal is to create an environment where you can interview at your best. At this time, our interview process is fully remote, conducted via phone and video calls. If we can provide any assistance or accommodations during your time with us, please let us know at All requests are treated as privately as possible and have no impact on candidate eligibility.

We strive to be an inclusive workplace and we value learning from different perspectives. We seek to foster an environment filled with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.