Mobile Software Engineer, Intern

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Intern

Company Description

When you join Ancestry, you join our family tree. Backed by history, science, and technology, we’re creating a new world of connection, innovation, and understanding. Whether it’s reuniting long-lost relatives through DNA or unearthing new family stories from historical records, Ancestry empowers life-changing experiences. With over 10 billion digitized historical records, 100 million family trees, and 14 million DNA kits sold, Ancestry is bringing the power of personal discovery to people around the world.

Job Description

Ancestry seeks a highly motivated, internet-savvy Mobile Software Engineer intern to join our Helix team. The Helix team creates a wide variety of software features for Ancestry users on our native DNA mobile apps iOS ad Android platforms. As a Mobile Software Engineer on the Helix team you will fully participate in feature development and learn how to write iOS or Android code to bring those features to life. The team ships new versions of the apps every twice monthly, so you’ll have a great opportunity to learn about the product lifecycle and see your features released to hundreds of thousands of users on a regular basis.

What You’ll Do:

  • Participate in product feature design and user story creation
  • Learn to correctly develop and size user stories
  • Write software to story specifications and acceptance criteria
  • Test and monitor software quality and performance
  • Ship working software on a regular basis


Who You Are:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. level degree
  • Must be currently enrolled in a university and graduating after Summer 2019
  • Some demonstrated ability to write native mobile software using iOS or Android
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Familiarity with version control systems (git)
  • Demonstrated competency in Android studio or Xcode
  • Understanding of REST APIs
  • Familiarity with JSON
  • UI Skills

Our culture empowers journeys of personal discovery, giving you the freedom to participate in impactful projects and explore the intersections of our businesses: technology, data science, DNA science, product, design, marketing, legal, and more. We’re looking for innovative minds, diverse ideas, and for students interested in connecting personal discoveries and technology. Our interns enjoy mentorship and experience challenging work while receiving fantastic pay, fully-paid temporary housing, and having a fun captivating experience—we have it all. Oh, and did we mention the possibility of full-time employment once you graduate?

For more information on what we do and to apply to open Ancestry internships, visit our careers page:

Additional Information

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy,  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.   In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.