Software Engineer Intern (TikTok User Growth) - 2024 Start (BS/MS)


Seattle, WA, USA


8 w


Full time



TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us
Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible.
Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day.
To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always.
At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve.

About the TikTok User Growth team:
TikTok's User Growth team is a cross-functional team (engineering, data science, recommendation/algorithm, product, marketing, operations) that applies a data-driven approach to growth. We work closely to improve the whole TikTok user growth funnel: branding, acquisition, onboarding, engagement, and retention, across a variety of products.

We are looking for talented individuals to join us for an internship in 2024. Internships at TikTok aim to offer students industry exposure and hands-on experience. Turn your ambitions into reality as your inspiration brings infinite opportunities at TikTok.

Internships at TikTok aim to provide students with hands-on experience in developing fundamental skills and exploring potential career paths. A vibrant blend of social events and enriching development workshops will be available for you to explore. Here, you will utilize your knowledge in real-world scenarios while laying a strong foundation for personal and professional growth. This Internship Program runs for 12 weeks beginning in May/June 2024. Successful candidates must be able to commit to one of the following summer internship cycles below:
1.May 20, 2024 to August 9, 2024
2.May 28, 2024 to August 16, 2024
3.June 10, 2024 to August 30, 2024
We will prioritize candidates who are able to commit to these start dates. Please state your availability clearly in your resume (Start date, End date).

Candidates can apply to a maximum of two positions and will be considered for jobs in the order you apply. The application limit is applicable to TikTok and its affiliates' jobs globally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - we encourage you to apply early.

Online Assessment
Candidates who pass resume evaluation will be invited to participate in TikTok's technical online assessment in HackerRank.

As a backend engineer focusing on SEO in TikTok's User Growth team, you will:
• Design and build highly available and scalable SEO backend systems to support the content growth flywheel on the TikTok ecosystem
• Deliver high-quality work in a rapid and complicated product development environment through teamwork
• Work closely with machine learning engineers, data scientists, and PMs to evaluate and iterate SEO products to achieve business impact
- Pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or related areas.
- Solid foundation in data structures and algorithms.
- Fluent in at least one of the common programming languages (JavaScript / Python / Go)
- Able to commit to working for 12 weeks starting May 2024
- Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience applying proper machine learning models to solve real world or coursework problems, including but not limited to, NLP and computer vision areas.
- Developing experience in large scale distributed systems.
- Past experience in Search, Ads, or Recommendation projects.
- Strong interests in Search Engine Optimization or digital marketing.

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.