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Software Engineer Intern

| Austin

When it comes to engineering, we solve problems of scale and work on cutting edge and open-source technologies. As a high-growth, e-commerce company, we are searching for talented and passionate software engineer interns. Our culture is one that strives on solving difficult problems focusing on product engineering based on hypothesis testing to empower people to come up with ideas. We address a wide array of computer science problems including advanced web applications, cutting edge user interfaces, scalability and performance of applications, intelligent search algorithms, global data distribution and monitoring of distributed systems. You will work alongside a highly experienced team of engineers from various academic and industry backgrounds.

What you’ll do:

  • Examples of Past Projects/Teams Where Interns Have Worked:
    • CoreAPI Team: The HomeAway CoreAPI team manages, releases, supports, and monitors the underlying core platform that drives all of HomeAway for our owners as well as travelers. Typically HomeAway CoreAPI handles calls at a rate of 30K-40K per second. Every developer in the company at some point interacts with the CoreAPI either directly or indirectly. The task for our interns was to work on the views project which allows developers to define a projection, or "view," of an entity at the API layer, pulling in arbitrary data from across multiple databases. Once this projection is defined, the system will automatically build it, and keep it up to date while indexing this into a clustered NoSQL database, allowing for arbitrary searches to be run on the data. The interns made improvements to the framework that allow teams to independently set up their own instances to speed development time. They also worked on updating Views to use the latest HomeAway tech stack, including Kafka + KStreams, Dropwizard, ElasticSearch, and other new features.
    • Search Team: Search is at the heart of HomeAway. In addition to helping travelers discover their next dream vacations, we build systems that are scalable, performant and highly available, servicing millions of requests per hour. Beyond the numbers, our goal is to provide an experience for our users that is simple, fluid and fun. The intern significantly contributed to this effort by developing a mechanism to dynamically surface nearby points of interest for any given search. This project spanned several code bases across the entire stack, resulting in a feature that will bring tangible value to both our customers and brand alike.
    • Core UI Team: The HomeAway Core UI team is the center of excellence for all things UI. This includes promoting and supporting the UI community, promoting best practices, providing architectural review, and providing build tools that let us build awesome UI fast. Our three main areas of focus are UI toolkits to build beautiful, easy to use user experiences quickly, an Event-driven Data Abstraction Platform (EDAP) to help understand how our customers interact with our products, and investigating UI technology that can maximize UI engineer productivity. For our intern project, they worked on the EDAP framework where HomeAway is capturing large amounts of analytics data that we use to make day-to-day business decisions. To help guarantee data integrity, the interns built a Samza job that listens for data coming into Hadoop and validated against the schema it using a service built in Node.js. They also created a tool that performs automated visual diffs on builds to allow anyone on a project to visually review changes on the many CSS and JavaScript files that we support. This allows us to move much faster by being able to see the changes in an easy to follow way.
    • Digital Platform Team: The Digital Platform for Real-time Intelligence team works on our high performance, petabyte scale Big Data platform serving real-time and batch processing needs of the company. Our interns have worked building and implementing enhancements to this platform using technologies including Kafka, Kafka streams, and Hadoop.

Technologies we use:

  • AWS, Docker, Mesos Dropwizard, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Swagger, Kafka, Node.JS, React.JS, Hadoop, NoSQL, Jersey, Jetty, KStreams, Mesos, Samza, Java 8 and Linux.

Who you are:

  • HomeAway’s Ideal Intern:
    • Currently pursuing a BS, or MS in computer science or a related technical field 
    • Excellent software development skills utilizing multiple languages including Java, Javascript, as well as other JVM based languages
    • Organized problem-solving skills 
    • Experience with web application development 
    • Knowledge of UNIX/Linux/OS X environments preferred

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401k Plan
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
  • Discounted rail and bus passes
  • Free drinks and snacks
  • Electric adjustable stand up desk
  • Casual dress code

This role is part of HomeAway University which starts June 2019 and lasts for 11 weeks. Learn more about our HomeAway University training program here: https://www.homeaway.com/careers/university

Why join us:

Expedia Group recognizes our success is dependent on the success of our people. We are the world's travel platform, made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business. Our brands recognize the power of travel to break down barriers and make people's lives better – that responsibility inspires us to be the place where exceptional people want to do their best work, and to provide them to tools to do so. 

Whether you're applying to work in engineering or customer support, marketing or lodging supply, at Expedia Group we act as one team, working towards a common goal; to bring the world within reach. We relentlessly strive for better, but not at the cost of the customer. We act with humility and optimism, respecting ideas big and small. We value diversity and voices of all volumes. We are a global organization but keep our feet on the ground so we can act fast and stay simple. Our teams also have the chance to give back on a local level and make a difference through our corporate social responsibility program, Expedia Cares.

Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, lastminute.com.au®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia® Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, SilverRail Technologies, Inc., ALICE and Traveldoo®.

About HomeAway:

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM


HomeAway has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

An Insider's view of HomeAway

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.


Director, B&B Sales and Supply

What projects are you most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.


Advertising Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.


Sr. Director Global Finance Operations

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

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.


Director, Global Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,


Software UI Engineer

What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!