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Software Engineer (Intern) - Summer 2024



Software Engineering
Irvine, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

At Acorns we look after the financial best interest of the up-and-coming. We are innovators. We make bold decisions. We stay curious, inspiring one another to push past all previous thresholds of possibility. We are one team and are building a diverse community of team members, partners, and customers from all walks of life to foster creativity, challenge conventional thinking, and put the tools of wealth-making in everyone’s hands.

We are looking for missionaries who are rooted in purpose, to join our team. We can achieve our goals if we are a team of missionaries working toward a shared purpose and mission.

Our mission? With benevolence and courage, we look after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming; beginning with the empowering, proud step of micro-investing.

How do we accomplish our mission? Our values.

Lead With Heart

With compassion, integrity, and tenacity, inspire yourself and others to move past all previous thresholds of possibility

Make Bold Decisions

We are creating a new world. Be optimistic, adventurous, and courageous. Leap fearlessly into the future

Always Build Trust

Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you’re going to do. We are all owners. We are one team

Never Stop Growing

Change IS the constant. Stay hungry and curious. Be relentless in the pursuit of progress

Find a way

Never settle, no excuses, nothing is impossible. Just make it happen

Our values guide us, and our mission drives us.

Come join us and help deliver financial wellness for the whole family, creating compound growth at every life stage.

Software Engineering (Intern) | Acorns

Acorns is seeking motivated Software Engineering Interns specializing in web and backend development to join our team for a 10-week internship. In this role, you'll play a key part in developing innovative solutions that harness the power of artificial intelligence to address real-world challenges. Throughout the internship, you'll work alongside experienced professionals, gaining valuable hands-on experience and contributing to impactful projects in the field of artificial intelligence.

This role has the option to be remote or based in our Irvine, CA, or New York, NY offices.

Within 1 month, you will:

  • Familiarize yourself with our company's technologies, tools, and development processes, with mentorship support
  • Contribute effectively to ongoing AI-powered tool projects by completing assigned tasks and collaborating with team members
  • Demonstrate proficiency in relevant programming languages and development tools
  • Identify areas for improvement in AI tools and propose innovative solutions
  • Join a motivated, mission-driven team
  • Attend your first community-wide virtual all-hands meeting

After your 10 week internship, you will have:

  • Developed a deeper understanding of AI concepts and methodologies, expanding your knowledge base and honing your skills in this dynamic field.
  • Made significant contributions to the development and optimization of our AI-powered tools, showcasing your creativity and problem-solving abilities while working collaboratively with our team.
  • Independently tackled challenging tasks and projects with minimal supervision, demonstrating initiative and resourcefulness in overcoming obstacles and delivering high-quality results.
  • Presented your project in the engineering all-hands meeting, sharing your insights, achievements, and lessons learned with the broader team.
  • Expanded your professional network by connecting with experienced professionals in the industry, laying the groundwork for potential collaborations and future career opportunities.
  • Gained insight into our company culture through participation in social events, team-building activities, and interactions with colleagues, fostering a deeper connection to our values and work environment.
  • Engaged in Acorn’s Community & Heritage celebrations

What you will bring to Acorns:

  • Proficiency in at least one programming language such as TypeScript, Kotlin, Python, Java, or Scala.
  • Understanding of data structures, algorithms, and software design principles.
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies and tools.
  • Experience with version control systems like Git is a plus.
  • Passion and excitement for artificial intelligence, demonstrated through a genuine interest in the field and a desire to contribute to innovative projects.
  • Commitment to Lead with heart, inspiring and motivating your fellow interns to achieve their best.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a proactive Find a Way attitude to overcome challenges.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, fostering effective collaboration within the team and helping to Always Build Trust.
  • Eagerness to learn and grow professionally, with a commitment to Never Stop Growing to expand your skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and meet deadlines.
  • Adaptability and willingness to embrace feedback, incorporating suggestions for continuous improvement.
  • Make Bold Decisions when necessary, showing confidence and foresight in driving projects forward.

You are not expected to have experience with all listed requirements. If you feel passionate about Acorns' mission, vision, and values, please apply.

What we offer:

  • Competitive hourly wage
  • Flexible work hours, location, and paid time off
  • Wellness Days - Company-wide quarterly days off to rest + recharge
  • Monthly community celebrations, events, panel discussions, and speakers
  • Talented and motivated team members who care deeply about one another, our mission, and our customers.
  • The rare opportunity to create a new world. We inspire one another every day to do meaningful work that solves big societal challenges.

About Acorns:

Acorns is how everyday consumers save & invest for the long term. To date, customers have invested over $15 billion with Acorns, much of it in spare change. By putting the tools of wealth-making in everyone's hands, Acorns has become the largest subscription service in U.S. consumer finance, serving over 10 million everyday Americans. Customers get automated investing in diversified portfolios, a simple retirement product, a bank account that helps people spend less to invest more, and bonus investments from 20k brands. Plus, everyday Americans can easily invest in their kids and get money news they can use, all from the same app. From acorns, mighty oaks do grow!


With benevolence and courage, we look after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming; beginning with the empowering step of micro-investing.


  • Lead With Heart
  • Make Bold Decisions
  • Always Build Trust
  • Never Stop Growing
  • Find a Way

Commitment to a diverse community:

Acorns is committed to building a diverse community of customers, partners, and team members. We believe that fostering diversity not only fuels creativity but also challenges conventional thinking and helps us properly represent the unique experience of the everyday consumer that we serve.

Compensation Information:

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be $20.00/hour.

If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify hourly rates (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

Application Deadline:

This application was originally posted on Friday, February 9th. The Company reasonably aims to fill this position on or about May 1st, 2024, and to accept applications until filled. However, depending on multiple individualized factors, including the Company’s reasonable business needs and the number of applicants, such deadline may change.