Software Engineering Fellowship

We are proud to announce the opening of the application process for our Software Engineering Fellowship.

The Guardian Software Engineering Fellowship is an opportunity for developers who are at the beginning of their careers to join our product and engineering department. The scheme is aimed at individuals looking for their first professional developer role. A grasp of programming is a prerequisite to be successful in your application, however we don't pass judgement on how these skills were learnt. If you love coding and digital media then you can apply to the Fellowship irrespective of your background.

Our 12-month scheme provides a platform for developing your skills as an engineer, gaining experience working on multiple teams and developing applications in the media industry. It provides a structured path to becoming a software engineer, with support from experienced engineers and other fellows.

As a fellow you will be building software hands-on as part of a team. We expect fellows to learn and grow throughout the scheme, and provide the space for them to do so. With the support of other developers, you will gain skills to become a fully fledged software engineer.

In the Fellowship you could be working on anything from shipping your code changes to the website or apps, adding functionality to the publishing tools used by our journalists, or analysing big data. Fellows rotate around different teams, giving them a wide experience of different technologies and working environments.

In the Product & Engineering department we work on a variety of projects with the common goal of supporting the mission of the Guardian. We are very open about our engineering culture and recruitment process. You can learn more about the Guardian’s Product & Engineering department and the work it does on our developers’ site and engineering blog.

To give you insight into the scheme from a fellow’s perspective, one of our current fellows Amina has written two Medium articles describing her first week on the Fellowship and also her overall experience so far this year. Want more? Visit our blog for posts from previous fellows on their first impressions after joining the scheme, their experiences on the scheme and how their careers progressed at the Guardian after promotion to a software engineering role.

We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. To find out more please read our Diversity Statement.

Application Instructions

Due to current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we are running our recruitment process remotely. The first step in this process is to submit a CV and written answers to our questions within the application. 

Closing date for applications is Thursday 31st December 2020.

Interview Process

If your application is successful you will be invited to a telephone interview consisting of questions to assess your technical knowledge and motivation for applying to the Guardian.

Lastly, we invite candidates who successfully progress through the telephone interview to a remote assessment half-day. 

To find out more about how we interview and conduct pairing tests please visit our Engineering blog

Important Dates

Application closing date: Thursday 31st December

Telephone Interviews: mid-January 2021

Remote Assessment day: Wednesday 10th February 2021

Start date: Thursday 1st April  2021

FAQ

Here you’ll find answers to questions we get asked the most about applying for our fellowship scheme. 

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