Side-Maker Intern

| Greater LA Area

Company Overview

Sidebench is an award-winning digital innovation lab and startup venture studio based in Los Angeles that is dedicated to identifying, developing, and launching strategic technology products & platforms for its corporate and startup partners.

Job Summary

We are looking for a hungry hands-on tinkerer and maker intern to join the Sidebench team. To start, this is an unpaid internship (2-3 days per week), with the potential of going up to 5 days per week. We have spring, summer, and fall options available for students.

As a Side-Maker Intern, you will spend your time working directly with our CEO and Partners to design and lead fun maker projects aimed at inspiring and delighting your Sidebench peers, sometimes our clients, and potentially the world (through social media & online publications).

You must be able to quickly grasp technical concepts, have a good eye for product design and visual design, conduct thorough research, and be obsessed with building cool things and tinkering with them until they work.

This is a very unique opportunity for a smart, hungry, enthusiastic, tech enthusiast who is interested in digital and physical product development, product management, and digital business strategy in general. We are a motivated, clever, and fun group of digital junkies, and you should be too.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Ideate, design, lead, manage, and/or support various Side-Maker projects that could include:
    • Hardware/Software: Arduino/Raspberry Pi, X-10, Repurposing old electronics, robotics sensors & hardware
    • Office Design & Improvement: Interior design, unique decor projects, furniture assembly, TaskRabbit management
    • Interactive Arts & Crafts: Projection mapping, Automation experiments
    • Production Design: Video production, Content production, Merchandising selection/swag design
    • ...the possibilities are endless!

Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience with intermediate to advanced DIY maker projects (either solo or with a team)
  • Self-starter with demonstrated capacity for independent initiative
  • Strong passion for technology, hardware/software products, digital products, and constantly learning at a fast pace
  • Must be a current undergraduate or recent graduate who can transport themself to our office in West LA (Olympic & Bundy) 2+ times per week
  • Strong research, problem-solving, and analytical skills; Extreme attention-to-detail
  • Must be responsive, pro-active, enthusiastic, and adaptable

Benefits and Perks

  • We have a casual dress code in the office and offer tons of drinks & snacks, company-paid meals, free office parking, and a number of other fun perks.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • AxureDesign
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement

Location

We're between Venice Blvd. and Washington Blvd. and within walking distance to Downtown Culver City, which is convenient for lunch and happy hours.

An Insider's view of Sidebench

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our work-life balance here is one of the best I've experienced in my career so far. People usually arrive between 9-10a each morning and leave between 5-7p every evening, and so long as you make all of your meetings and hit all your deadlines, no one's going to judge. Additionally, the unlimited vacation is a huge perk for all of us.

Keenan

People Operations Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

A part of my role is taking a client’s set of requirements and scoping out potential engagements. It's essential I get feedback from multiple teams, including UX/UI/Tech, to better inform my conversations & identify the clients true needs. To do so, I set up solutioning meetings with all roles involved & we’ll collaborate to find the best options.

Chase

Business Analyst

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Team ideas define Sidebench’s direction. Our core company value ensures nothing less, "We harness the collective genius of our diverse team to co-invent the feature." By creating an environment of open thinking & celebrating creative conflict, the team knows it's their responsibility to define company direction. Their ideas make up Sidebench’s DNA.

RJ

Director of Product Delivery

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Motivating. You can tell that everyone here loves what they do and wants to work hard to make the best products possible for our clients. At the same time, everyone is very laid back and knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time to have fun.

Katherine

Jr. UX Designer

What are Sidebench Perks + Benefits

Sidebench Benefits Overview

No week at the office is the same, and every day presents a new opportunity. At Sidebench, we offer hungry, wide-eyed individuals the chance to grow their career, challenge the status quo, and co-invent the future of technology. While you’re here, you’ll receive mentorship from world class leaders and work with a team that’s as driven and forward-thinking as you are.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
You choose your healthcare provider of choice so you can keep your current doctor or choose a new one. We take care of the rest.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We use Guideline, an accessible and easy-to-use 401k provider, to help our employees save for the future.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
The arrival of a new family member is exciting…. and exhausting. We get it — which is why we offer paid leave for both new moms and dads.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
A healthy work/life balance is the key to doing great work, and we believe in giving our brains ample time to recharge.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We value curiosity greatly, so we offer an education package that encourage employees to keep learning and growing.
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