We are now accepting applications for Summer 2021. Early application deadline is 20 September 2020 at 11:59PM PST. Final deadline to apply is 11 October 2020 at 11:59PM PST.
We know the path to tech looks different for everyone, and we believe in providing opportunities for people of all backgrounds to impact the world through their work at Palantir.
Palantir Path is an internship program for students looking to accelerate their personal and technical growth in preparation for a successful, impactful career in tech. We launched Palantir Path in 2017 to reach students who may not have had exposure to technical opportunities before college or who are earlier in their engineering journey, especially those from underrepresented communities.
Path aims to help students bridge the gap between what is taught in school and what’s necessary to solve real-world problems. But Path isn’t your standard developmental internship. As a Path intern, you won’t sit in a classroom with other interns all day or write code that doesn’t live beyond the summer. Instead, you’ll work alongside full-time engineers and analysts, interacting with clients and making decisions that have lasting impact on our business and our customers’ missions. You’ll leave your internship with real-world experience under your belt, as well as a deeper understanding of your own technical capabilities and interests.
As a Palantir Path intern, you’ll be invested in from day one. You will embark on your Palantir journey with a cohort of interns from across the company as you go through a week-long onboarding program that will provide you with the resources you’ll need to navigate the Palantir ecosystem. You will also be paired with a mentor dedicated to your growth and success. Your mentor will support you throughout your internship by providing navigational guidance as well as actionable feedback aimed at fostering both personal and technical development. You’ll work collaboratively with your teammates on challenging, motivating problems, leveraging your strengths, and broadening your understanding of the possibilities of engineering.
You’ll also find that our internal community is full of people who are excited to meet you, build community with you, and further your development and self-discovery outside of your project work. You’ll have a breadth of opportunity to connect with individual Palantirians, join internal affinity groups, and further explore your passions and interests throughout the course of your internship. At the end of summer, you’ll be ready to make the most of your remaining undergraduate studies and tackle future engineering challenges in your professional career with confidence.
Palantir Path 2021 is open to members of the Class of 2022 who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree, or who are on track to transfer to one. We especially encourage students from communities that are historically underrepresented in STEM to apply. This includes (but is not limited to) individuals from ethnic/racial minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Our 2020 cohort talks about the Path internship.
Engineering at Palantir is far different from software development in school or other large companies. From my first day, I was handed an immense amount of autonomy in my work and the freedom to decide what missions I want to make an impact in.
In the beginning of my internship, I had imposter syndrome and felt a bit scared to ask questions. However, I soon realized that the people around me didn’t focus on how much I knew but rather how much I was learning and growing. I regularly got constructive, honest, and helpful feedback, which helped me grow beyond just as a software engineer.
In the Path program, I was responsible for planning, presenting, incorporating feedback, and leading an idea to completion, impacting user experience directly. One of the best moments of my internship — which also speaks to the degree of responsibility I had as an intern — was hearing back from clients how excited they were with one of the features I had developed and shipped.
The flexibility of my role as a Forward Deployed Software Engineer allowed me to work on my own product addition as well as improve our data pipeline, improving my skills as both a front-end developer and a data engineer. Developing these skills outside of the classroom is a different beast, since there are stakes to your ideas and changes, but now I'm a much more confident developer and thinker.
My internship not only grew my technical skills, but also helped me assess my personal goals, skills, and trajectory. Palantir’s focus on feedback and constant learning allowed me to understand my strengths and weaknesses. Through my summer at Palantir, I discovered what work energizes and excites me, became a better communicator, and learned to ask better questions.
*Historically, we’ve accepted applications from both sophomores and juniors. This year, we are limiting eligibility to juniors to prioritize those who may have lost internships elsewhere due to COVID-19 and have less time to gain industry experience before graduating.
We offer an early application period if you submit your materials before Sunday 20 September 2020 at 11:59PM PST. These applications will be prioritized and processed first. Anything submitted after this date will be processed after the 11 October 2020 deadline. To apply, please submit the following materials by Sunday 11 October 2020 at 11:59PM PST.
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