Atlassian kicks off graduate and intern developer program

The company launches its inaugural 2012 graduate developer program, and is currently accepting applications for its intern program

Software development company, Atlassian, has launched its inaugural 2012 graduate developer program, with the company to host 10 — from 450 candidates — Australian graduate students for a week of brainstorming, coding and surfing.

Graduates are housed at the company’s beachside mansion, dubbed the ‘Hack House’, and will be mentored by Atlassian developers to create a new product feature ready for shipment by the week’s end.

Atlassian vice-president of human resources, Joris Luijke, told Computerworld Australia that successful graduates were selected based on academic achievements, extracurricular tech activities such as hacking, and a keen interest in technology and software.

“We had a lot of people who excelled in their courses, so people who are on the honours list, that win medals," he said.

"But we also look at people who love to create stuff and innovate so they probably hack at home, they do side projects, they just love technology and they love software.

“We’ve never underestimated the correlation between the number of nights spent on a couch programming and the quality of engineering breakthroughs. It’s at the heart of Atlassian’s innovation.”

Atlassian is also currently accepting applications for its new 10-week developer intern program in June to August 2012, which will offer six successful students the opportunity to work between the company’s Sydney-based headquarters and Hack House for four weeks, and the San Francisco office for six weeks.

The interns will be required to push a new product or software plug-in from concept to launch. Those who are successful in implementing their design product and show a keen initiative could potentially be recruited by Atlassian.

“If the interns are really smart, they love deploying code to production and they love to build better product experiences very fast, then we’ll definitely be hiring them,” Luijke said.

Luijke said there is also room for failure, as the programs place higher emphasis on the process of innovation and takes into consideration that not all ideas translate into a success story.

“The product can fail, but that’s the beauty of innovation” he said.

“Through this process they will learn about the importance of deploying code to production. So, we want to instil that sense of innovation and instilling pride in deploying their code of production.”

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