Senior Intern, bizzNEST Web Development Job at Digital NEST, Watsonville, CA

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  • Digital NEST
  • Watsonville, CA

Job Description

Temporary, Part-time: 20-25 hours per week

Pay Rate: $20/hour, non-exempt

Benefits: CA Sick Time Off

Organization size: 50+ employees

Reports to: Lead Developer

Location(s):  In-person at one of the five Digital NEST Centers: Watsonville, Salinas, Gilroy, or Stockton. This position is not eligible to work remotely.

Age requirements: Internship positions are reserved for young adults ages 18 - 24 years of age.

The job offer will be contingent upon the successful completion and passing of a background check.

 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW:

Digital NEST is a workforce development center that has welcomed hundreds of youth from working-class, farmworker communities to develop the technical and professional skills they need to achieve their dreams. It is an exciting time for the NEST as we are on the precipice of expanding to a total of five communities across Northern California by the end of 2026. Digital NEST has centers in the heart of Watsonville, Salinas, Gilroy, Modesto, and soon to launch in Stockton. 

 

JOB OVERVIEW:

bizzNEST is the digital media agency of Digital NEST. bizzNEST offers a paid, 1-year internship program that provides real world professional training. Through this program, Interns hone and develop their technical and professional skills, gain real professional experience by working with clients, build professional level portfolios and resumes, and become competitively qualified for entry-level, career-focused employment.

bizzNEST is looking for a motivated Senior intern who can assist with our web development projects, and  is a quick learner and has a passion for this field. 

The Senior Intern will work closely under the supervision of the Lead Developer to guide a small team of intern peers on client web development projects. They will build and maintain websites using WordPress, PHP, HTML, and CSS, or React and Node.js, including performing routine maintenance for client websites, troubleshooting, and debugging. They will be developing  products for external clients as well as working within the organization as an in-house developer. They will also collaborate across-functional teams for projects, including the Web Design team.


HOW TO APPLY:

bizzNEST is here to enhance your technical and professional skills. We encourage all  interested  applicants to apply, even if they do not meet all of the listed desired qualifications. We value diverse perspectives and are committed to providing opportunities for growth and learning. If you're interested in this type of work we'd like to hear from you! Please submit the following through our careers page application: 

  1. Resume
  2. Portfolio or Work Samples 
  • Showcase your best work, including school, personal, and professional projects.
  • You will be asked to include a link to your portfolio. If linking to a Google Drive folder, or similar, make sure to update sharing permissions so the files can be viewed publicly. 
  1. Cover letter should answer the following questions: 
  • Tell us about yourself and your background. 
  • What excites you about this role? What experiences have prepared you for this role?
  • Tell us about your portfolio or work samples you included. What projects did you like working on the most, and why? 
  • How does the role fit in with your overall career goals?
  • What leadership roles have you had in the past? What qualities do you have that make you a good leader?
 

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Web Development (50%):

  • Build and maintain websites using WordPress, PHP, HTML, CSS, or React and Node.js.
  • Conduct client training sessions on website usage and maintenance at the end of contracts.
  • Conduct testing and debugging of web applications to ensure optimal performance and functionality across different browsers and devices.
  • Collaborate with design interns to ensure seamless implementation of design elements and user experience enhancements, maintaining consistency and alignment with project objectives and user requirements.
  • Contribute to team meetings, brainstorming sessions, and knowledge sharing activities to foster collaboration and continuous learning within the team.
  • Lead deployments and launch projects with the help of the supervisor.

Web Project Management (25%):

  • Work closely with Lead Developer to deliver and build client projects.
  • Implement website changes based on client and Lead Developer feedback.
  • Research and collaborate with the supervisor/project manager to troubleshoot technical issues and implement solutions.
  • Lead a team of general interns through the web development process, overseeing tasks, timelines, quality, and fostering a collaborative environment.
  • Break down project scopes into tasks and delegate tasks effectively using project management tools like GitHub Project Boards or Asana.
  • Monitor project progress, troubleshoot technical errors, and ensure adherence to quality standards outlined by the Lead Developer.
  • Coordinate with team members for efficient collaboration.
  • Manage project documentation and communication channels.
  • Collaborate with the supervisor/project manager to track and report progress on website projects, utilizing GitHub for version control and collaboration.
  • Mentor General Interns to support their skill development and professional growth:
    • Pair programming with general interns,
    • Help general interns debug code and technical issues,
    • Conduct regular code reviews and provide constructive feedback to general interns to improve coding practices and maintain code quality.

Other (25%):

  • Lead and guide a team of general interns.
  • Log work and progress on project management (PM) software such as Asana and customer relationship management (CRM) software such as Salesforce, if necessary.
  • Communicate across-teams through email, chat and in-person.
  • Attend meetings and participate in critiques.
  • Collaborate with staff members from other departments, as necessary.
  • Attend and actively participate in client meetings.
  • Participate in applicable certification programs, workshops, and courses for continued skill development. 
  • Participate in the Mentorship Program. 
  • Seek and participate in professional development activities and share with the intern cohort.
  • Support the onboarding process for new interns during seasonal transitions.
 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: 

  • Some experience in web development is required. College seniors or recent graduates majoring in Computer Science, Engineering, or Data Analytics. Self-taught individuals are welcome if they can demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in web development.

Technical Skills / Experience: 

  • Proficiency in building websites in WordPress or a JavaScript framework (e.g., React, VueJS, Angular, NodeJS, etc.).
  • Strong fundamental understanding of web development including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (JS).
  • Proficiency in utilizing git for version control.
  • Experience building websites from inception to completion, showcasing the understanding of the entire development process.
    • Note: You do not need to know best practices or will be expected to have a full understanding of all deployment processes/techniques.
    • Note:  Personal, professional or college projects are considered valuable experience for this position.
  • Some familiarity with CMS frameworks, SQL databases, and responsive web development techniques, such as:
    • Wordpress, mysql, postgres, sqlite etc.
    • Bootstrap, Tailwind, Scss, Flexbox etc.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills with the ability to identify and communicate solutions effectively.
  • Basic understanding of UX/UI design principles and concepts.
  • Proficiency in using version control tools like GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab for collaboration and version tracking.
  • Experience in reviewing PRs (Pull Requests) and providing constructive feedback to team members.

Professional Skills: 

  • Demonstrates self-awareness skills to identify and evaluate strengths, biases, and growth areas, and to generate innovative ideas or strategies based on a deep understanding of oneself.
  • Takes the initiative to proactively learn, grow, creatively contribute, and take responsibility for one’s contribution to the team.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational and time management skills that enhance productivity, efficiency, and goal attainment. Ability to break down projects into manageable tasks, monitor progress, and ensure adherence to quality standards.
  • Excellent collaboration and teamwork skills. Uses empathy and communication to collaborate effectively with individuals of diverse personalities, identities, and experiences to achieve common goals.
  • Excellent oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills. Employs active listening, tailors communication to different audiences, and can provide and receive constructive feedback.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills. Seeks and synthesizes relevant information with curiosity and diligence. Critically analyzes their work, and assesses their work  from the client’s perspective.
  • Independent and creative problem solver. Thinks creatively and critically to identify complex problems, assess options, imagine outcomes, offer new solutions, and make strategic decisions.
  • Forward thinking and adaptable to change, challenges, and new responsibilities. Sees change as opportunities. 
  • Strong leadership skills. Uses personal strengths and interpersonal skills to motivate and guide others toward a shared vision.
  • Consistently demonstrates creativity, curiosity, and innovative strategies to developing products and communicating ideas to clients.
 

PREFERRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Familiarity with PHP or Node.js for backend development.
  • Prior experience in project management or leadership roles.
  • Knowledge of Figma fundamentals.
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices and web analytics tools for optimizing website performance.
  • Familiarity with e-commerce platforms like WooCommerce for online store development.
  • Understanding of cybersecurity principles and best practices for web application security.
  • Knowledge of Agile or Scrum methodologies for project development and collaboration.
  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform for deployment and hosting.
 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for the mission of Digital NEST and belief in upholding organization’s core values.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to issues of culture/ethnicity/race, gender, sexual identity, class/SES and immigration status. 
  • Ability to be an ally to people of color, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning and intersex individuals and their allies (LGBTQIA).
  • Ability to meet the minimum amount of hours required.
  • Maintain dexterity and coordination, sufficient to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time performing desk-based computer tasks.
 

We understand that no candidate is perfectly qualified for any job. Experience comes in different forms; many skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. Even more important than your resume is a clear demonstration of dedication, impact, and the ability to thrive in a fluid and collaborative environment. We want you to learn new things in this role and encourage you to apply if your experience is close to what we’re looking for. We also know that diversity of background and thought makes for better problem-solving and more creative thinking, so we're dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Digital NEST, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Digital NEST is committed to an inclusive experience for all applicants and will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations in the interview process, to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.  

Please refer to our career page for more information on how to apply for reasonable accommodations.


 

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