Computing Internship - Instaclustr

This position is offered through the ANU Computing Internship


Instaclustr is an open source as-a-service company, delivering reliability at scale. We operate an automated, proven and trusted management environment, providing database, analytics, search and messaging. We enable companies to focus on building cutting edge applications, eliminating the need for costly operations teams and technology.

Project: Open Source Project 1

As a Student Software Engineer, you’ll be working as a member of our development team on one of Instaclustr's open source projects to create solutions that can respond to changing market conditions at a much faster rate under the leadership of our Chief Product Officer. You will be working part-time during term periods, with a view towards working full time during term breaks.

Required/preferred technical skills

  1. Working as a team member in an agile team following the Scrum methodology developing a new product in a fast-moving market.
  2. Undertaking coding, debugging, and troubleshooting in at least one open-source programming language like Java, Python, AngularJS, PostgreSQL, Javascript, Typescript Go, C, Clojure, Scala, Groovy, and other tools.
  3. Following, and helping drive improvement in, standard QA and other development processes.
  4. Assisting in documentation review and maintenance.

Required/preferred professional and other skills

These are the current expectations. Expectations are maintained and agreed by the team on an ongoing basis.

  1. Business Value Focus: Be aware of the business objective and value of your work. Make decisions to maximise business value. Appropriately question work and decisions that appear to be of low business value. Be aware of the broad context of your work.
  2. Dependability & Commitment: Demonstrate a consistent, strong commitment to the achievement of Instaclustr’s goals. Be dependable in meeting agreed deadlines and deliverables or communication appropriately when unforeseen issues arise. Plan and manage your own time and tasks.
  3. Team Work: Take a “shared goals” mentality and contribute to the overall success of the team. Acknowledge the contributions and expertise of others, share your knowledge and experience to help others to be productive. Propose, design and champion methods to improve team productivity.
  4. Technical & Problem Solving Skill : Apply strong basic technical skill in the core technologies we use. Approach problems in a structured manner with perseverance and positive attitude. Seek out, filter and apply new sources of information as part an open approach to finding the best solution. Be brave in tackling new and complex areas.
  5. Quality: Follow agreed team process. Consider the broad implications of your work and ensure appropriate QA steps are undertaken to manage risks. Value maintainability of code by aiming for simple solutions, following code conventions and creating appropriate documentation. Break down large tasks into smaller pieces of work to facilitate review and testing and manage risk.
  6. Communication: Be proactive and informative in communicating impacts and benefits of your work to support, sales, marketing and others at Instaclustr. Represent Instaclustr in the wider community through meet-up participation, online forums, blog-posts, open source contribution, etc.

Delivery Mode

Traditional In-Person Internship (only for business/organisations based in ACT, Australia)

Student location

Student must be located in Canberra only


  • Intern requires Security Clearance
  • Intern requires Police Check

How to apply

Applications are invited from eligible students to apply for the Computing Internship courses COMP3280 or COMP8830. Eligibility details and further information about the Computing Internship can be found on the Computing Internship page

1. Students must first seek confirmation of eligibility by submitting an Eligibility and Room Available in degree check.  

2. Eligible students can then apply through the Computing Internship application form. You can nominate multiple preferred Internship placements through the one application form. 

3. Your application will require you to upload the following documents:

  • an updated copy of your Resume, and
  • an Expression of Interest (limit 350 words) for each organisation you wish to apply to (for organisations with multiple projects only submit one Expression of Interest but state clearly which project/s you wish to be considered for).

Applications open on 29 October and close on 7 November 2021.



Application closing date

7 November 2021
Applications open for this opportunity: 
14 Oct 2021
Study level: 

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing