Full Job Description
Varo is on a mission to empower hard-working Americans to achieve greater financial resilience; arming them with the products and support they need to create healthy financial habits and reduce financial stress. Through its mobile app, Varo offers customers premium bank accounts that have no minimum balance requirement or monthly account fees, high-interest savings accounts, and solutions to build, repair, and access credit. Varo’s state of the art technology provides tech-first features to help people achieve their financial goals and manage their money more easily.
Varo is distinct from other fintechs: Varo is the first fintech to be granted preliminary approval for a de novo national bank charter by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the first to receive approval from the FDIC for federal deposit insurance, and is weeks away from opening the first mobile-centric national bank in U.S. history. Our unique team combines the best of tech and banking, and we’re wildly passionate about keeping our customers happy by helping them manage and grow their money. Our teams are based in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Privately held Varo has raised over $400M to date, from leading institutional investors and strategic partners including Warburg Pincus, The Rise Fund / TPG Growth, Gallatin Point Capital, Harbourvest Partners, Progressive Insurance, and iHeartMedia.
About the Platform and Security Engineering Team
Varo’s Platform Engineering team’s mission is to improve service reliability, developer productivity, and infrastructure efficiency. We are an automation-focused team who would rather be writing Lambdas or Terraform than tunneling into a Linux instance to see how it's feeling. In a typical day members of our team are hands on with everything from observability tools and CI/CD pipelines, to our production infrastructure. We collectively strive to build and maintain a rapid-feedback platform that enables our engineers to accomplish their own goals instead of creating friction.
Varo’s Security Engineering team’s mission is to help the organization conduct business in a secure manner without hindering developer agility or product innovation. The team works hand-in-hand with engineers across the organization as we innovate in the banking industry. We practice the “DevSecOps” philosophy and build security automation early into the process of everyday engineering functions from software engineering, to cloud infrastructure, and IT.
About the Platform and Security Engineering Intern Role
We’re looking for someone with an interest in software engineering, cloud infrastructure, modern distributed systems, and with a security-first mindset.
Specifically, this role will be focused on supporting the wider engineering organization to achieve Varo’s collective mission. You will participate in the full engineering lifecycle of designing, developing, deploying, and optimizing of software, infrastructure, and security. This is a great opportunity to get real, hands-on experience with the tools, systems, and processes of a modern engineering organization.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Work with open source software every day.
Develop and maintain CI/CD pipelines using Gitlab and Helm.
Build Grafana and/or Kibana dashboards from data sources such as ElasticSearch, Prometheus, Cloudwatch, and Cloudflare.
Participate in on-call rotation, monitor, and respond to production incidents. (don’t worry, you’ll shadow an experienced on-call engineer)
Integrate software security scanning tools into our CI/CD pipelines.
Build AWS infrastructure using Terraform.
Participate in Threat Modeling exercises to assess the risks of new and/or existing services.
Code internal tools that help developers be more productive.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE THAT'LL HELP YOU BE GREAT
Skills and experience that’ll help you be great
You approach your work with passion and enthusiasm.
You’re self motivated and comfortable working in a distributed team.
You have experience working in groups, but with the ability to work independently.
You believe in asking for help and helping others when asked.
You have empathy for your teammates and end-users.
THE THREE SKILLS THAT MATTER MOST
Nobody can be great at everything, but we’re looking for candidates who are:
Familiar with at least one Linux-based server operating system.
Familiar with basic concepts of networking, databases, and/or information security.
OTHER NICE TO HAVES
Experience with Kubernetes and Public Cloud (AWS/GCP/Azure)
At Varo, we are committed to living our values. We hope these resonate with you.
Customers First: Understand the problems our customers are trying to solve. Respond with a sense of urgency. Build relationships that result in loyalty. Be data and insights-driven. Test everything. Achieve results through strong execution. Build a product people love. Assess new initiatives with the customers’ interest in mind. Act with empathy.
Take Ownership: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.
Respect: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.
Stay Curious: Ask why. Dare to make things better. Learn something new each day (even from mistakes). Be open to growth. Develop creative solutions.
Make it Better: Think big. Set high goals. Work towards long term value rather than short term wins. Create change. Be resilient.
Varo is an equal opportunity employer. Varo embraces diversity and we are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.