Software Engineer Intern (Database Engineering) - Summer 2022

San Mateo, CA, USA

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There is only one Data Cloud. Snowflake’s founders started from scratch and designed a data platform built for the cloud that is effective, affordable, and accessible to all data users. But it didn’t stop there. They engineered Snowflake to power the Data Cloud, where thousands of organizations unlock the value of their data with near-unlimited scale, concurrency, and performance. This is our vision: a world with endless insights to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today and reveal the possibilities of tomorrow.

Snowflake started with a clear vision: develop a cloud data platform that is effective, affordable, and accessible to all data users. Snowflake developed an innovative new product with a built-for-the-cloud architecture that combines the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. We are now a global, world-class organization with offices in more than a dozen countries and serving many more.

We’re looking for dedicated students who share our passion for ground-breaking technology and want to create a lasting future for you and Snowflake.



  • Paid, full-time internships in the heart of the software industry
  • Post-internship career opportunities (full-time and/or additional internships)
  • Exposure to a fast-paced, fun and inclusive culture
  • A chance to work with world-class experts on challenging projects
  • Opportunity to provide meaningful contributions to a real system used by customers
  • High level of access to supervisors (manager and mentor), detailed direction without micromanagement, feedback throughout your internship, and a final evaluation
  • Stuff that matters: treated as a member of the Snowflake team, included in company meetings/activities, flexible hours, casual dress code, accommodations to work from home, swag and much more
  • When return to office in effect, catered lunches, access to gaming consoles, recreational games, happy hours, company outings, and more



  • Desired class level: 3rd/4th year Undergraduates, Masters, or PhD
  • Desired majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Math, or related field
  • Required coursework: algorithms, data structures, software engineering, and operating systems
  • Recommended coursework: compilers, database systems, distributed or parallel systems, functional PL, networking
  • Bonus experience: research or publications in databases or distributed systems, and contributions to open source 
  • When: Summer (May/June - August/September)
  • Duration: 12-16 weeks recommended
  • Excellent programming skills in C++ or Java 
  • Preferred knowledge of C++17 or C++14
  • Systems programming skills including multi-threading, concurrency, etc.
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to learn quickly in a dynamic environment
  • Experience with working as a part of a team
  • Dedication and passion for technology 



  • How to build enterprise grade, reliable, and trustworthy software/services
  • Exposure to SQL or other database technologies
  • Understanding of database internals, large-scale data processing, transaction processing, distributed systems, and data warehouse design
  • Experience developing new database features as well as novel techniques in query optimization and query execution for industry-leading performance
  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud in particular
  • Experience with development in a major code base or contributions to open source projects
  • Learning about cutting edge database technology and research



  • Database Query Engine and storage layer, FoundationDB, Transaction Processing
  • High performance large-scale data processing
  • Query compilation and optimization
  • Workload optimization
  • Software-as-a-Service platform
  • Software frameworks for stability and performance testing  

Snowflake is growing fast, and we’re scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake. 

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