How we select Instructables Interns

Instructables has had a number of truly excellent interns including numberandom, fungus amungus, noahw, randofo, Tetranitrate, trebuchet03, reno_dakota, jessiep, and T3h_Muffinator. Our internships are primarily intended as a learning experience, and if I can't convince these awesome people to join Instructables full-time when they're ready, I'm still really happy when they find something better: Noahw and fungus amungus are now both on staff at Instructables, numberandom has joined the Squid Labs spin-out company Potenco, and randofo is a resident at Eyebeam. The rest of the crowd is still in school, but I'm certain they're also going to have impact.

Choosing interns is tough, and we do it in a variety of methods. I've interviewed candidates, encouraged people I've worked with before or known for a long time to considering joining, reviewed peoples' work on the site through their Instructables, or through their resumes and portfolios. For example, I had never met, nor even spoken with, Tetranitrate and trebuchet03 before I sent them messages offering internship positions; I knew from their writing and the way they interacted on the site that they were people I wanted to work with. Conversely, in just half an hour of chatting, both noahw and numberandom impressed me enough that I wanted to work with them too.

Much of what we do here is completely public (as evidenced by T3h_Muffinator's awesome intern journal entries). How someone behaves as a user is a pretty good indicator of how they'll behave as an intern. So, if you're thinking that you'd like to join us, one of the best things to do is to post a couple of great Instructables. If you're local, but aren't quite sure this is the thing for you, Tim is always looking for people to help him document. If you have a portfolio, try documenting a few of your projects on Instructables; if that doesn't work, send your portfolio along and we'll have a look. If you don't have a portfolio, make one (preferably on Instructables!).

I think this is a fun place to work. There's always lots of good food, and, if the season is right, kitesurfing lessons.

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Any chance I could get a remote internship. Still in college & on the other side of the world. Love making stuff.

Work Experience: Embedded System Design, IoT& PCB Design.

Skills: ARM Programming, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Eagle, KiCAD, MATLAB.

My Github for more projects:

You can also check out my Instructables for my project experience.

Hello Jonathan,

Thanks for your interest! Whenever we have positions open they are posted here:

Instructables has grown and changed a lot in the 10 years since this forum post was initially made, but we still encourage anyone interested in working here to first become an active author on the site. And you're right there already, which is awesome.

Keep it up, and keep an eye on that jobs page and be sure to apply if anything becomes available. Cheers!

Sam (seamster)

Instructables Community Manager

mchau21 year ago

I would love to applied for internship this summer!! Is there an announcement of application period?

Stone Age7 years ago
could I intern there this summer?
kcls7 years ago
How old do you have to be?
alfonso10 years ago
Dang! I just moved from about 30 min away from Alameda, maybe I could come by during the summer. Also is there a age requirement?
Maybe 16,

18 to be safe
Derin9 years ago
I REALLY want to be an intern,but there are a few criterias that make it impossible:
  • Not old enough
  • On the other side of the world
  • Plane tickets are so expensive
  • My parents wont move to the USA
  • A million other things.
This is it for me... Not old enough On the other side of the USA Can't legally move alone Don't have the money to move to the other side of the country Don't know how to become an intern And I'm sure there is more.
Too young
East coast
Folks wont move
Not enough moolah
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