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Intern, Software Developer

Kansas City, MO

Who We Are:

At VML, we are a beacon of innovation and growth in an ever-evolving world. Our heritage is built upon a century of combined expertise, where creativity meets technology, and diverse perspectives ignite inspiration. With the merger of VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson, we have forged a new path as a growth partner that is part creative agency, part consultancy, and part technology powerhouse. 


Our global family now encompasses over 30,000 employees across 150+ offices in 64 markets, each contributing to a culture that values connection, belonging, and the power of differences. Our expertise spans the entire customer journey, offering deep insights in communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology. We deliver end-to-end solutions that result in revolutionary work.


Are you looking for an opportunity to be part of a team that values innovation and growth? Look no further than VML. We are a creative agency, consultancy, and technology powerhouse all in one, with a century of combined expertise under our belt.


Our recent merger with VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson has opened up new doors for us as a growth partner. With over 30,000 employees across 150+ offices in 64 markets, we're a global family that values connection, belonging, and the power of differences. 


As an intern at VML, you'll have the chance to contribute to a culture that is always pushing boundaries and delivering revolutionary work. Our expertise spans the entire customer journey, from communications to commerce, CRM to CX, data to production, and technology. 


Join us and be part of a team that ignites inspiration and values diverse perspectives. As an intern, you'll have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and gain hands-on experience working on projects that make a real impact. 


We can't wait to see what you'll bring to the table. Apply now and let's create something amazing together! 


Our intern program will run from June 4-August 9. We are working in a hybrid work model, three days per week in person at the office listed.


Who we are looking for:

The Application Developer Intern shows up with an intention to absorb knowledge and synthesize that knowledge into useful action as quickly as possible. These responsibilities and requirements below apply to an Application Developer intern in the Development practice. Application Developer Interns do not necessarily have formal experience in technology. 


What you'll do:

  • Pairs to understand how to write code and unit tests to an acceptable level 
  • Creates pull requests and understands how to work through PR feedback 
  • Learns how to document PRs according to team or lead's standards 
  • Reviews code: reads code, understands code, shares code, and updates code 
  • Troubleshoots and resolves simple issues (bugs) in code 
  • Coach meetings focus on the apprentice and highlight potential problems, explore possible solutions 
  • One on ones focus on the apprentice and highlight areas of focus or concern, or escalate problems as needed 
  • Uses an IDE to fix bugs and ultimately develop parts of features on a project 
  • Learns languages and frameworks by reading documentation, online tutorials, etc; Works on "Googling better" 
  • Is open to building new relationships with many types of people; calibrates confidence 
  • Strives to understand the role VMLY Technology plays in helping satisfy the needs of the client 
  • Works to identify what they don't know by asking questions on unfamiliar terms & topics 
  • Improves in programming areas that may not have been taught in some curriculum/programs 
  • Practices active listening 
  • Proactively notifies team members when they are stuck or ready for more work 
  • Asks for feedback on communication and work, and adapts further communication and work to reflect what they've learned 
  • Asks questions and maintains a system for not repeating questions 


Who you are:

  • Successful completion or in the process of completing a structured curriculum such as an undergraduate degree or vocational program 
  • Fundamental understanding of how the internet works, parts of a technology stack (including APIs), and what a professional developer does 
  • Understands the most common parts of the code production process, such as coding, linting, compiling, running, deploying, (automated vs manual) testing, etc 
  • Knows some additional terms such as responsive, accessible, scalable, optimized, latency, etc - even if the meaning of these terms is not completely understood 
  • Has worked in a collaborative team environment, even if not in software 
  • Fundamental time management skills 
  • Is excited about learning 
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; can communicate clearly and effectively with co-workers, other departments, both in person and remotely 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and share knowledge 


What you'll need:

  • Experience with Git, understands Git concepts 
  • Experience building some software, even if not for a company or real use 
  • Basic understanding of HTML, Javascript, and CSS, or other tools as required by the team 
  • At least cursory knowledge of the agile methodology 


What we offer:

  • Passionate, driven people | We champion a culture of people that do extraordinary work.
  • Consciously cultivated culture | We aim to embody the behaviors to build an inclusive community that is in it together, bringing both positivity and active listening into the workplace as we simultaneously strive to empower creative bravery.
  • Competitive benefits | What we offer full time hires ranges from the full spectrum of group health coverage options (medical, dental, vision) to a generous 401k match (100% dollar-for-dollar match, up to 5% of salary contribution), and a variety of paid time off offerings that reflect our investment in all aspects of your overall life balance and wellness.
  • Growth-minded opportunities | We aim to nurture a culture of real-time feedback, growth-oriented mindset, and plenty of training opportunities through VML and WPP, so you can continue to grow personally and professionally.


VML is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or other protected group status. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.


The base hourly rate for this position at the time of this posting is indicated below - $18-$18 USD


At VML, we are committed to fostering an all-inclusive work environment that is both rewarding and career-forward. Our Inclusion, Equity & Belonging initiatives, alongside the VML Foundation, reflect our dedication to giving back and making a positive impact in our communities and beyond. Our people are the heartbeat of our organization-creators, doers, innovators, makers, and thinkers-who drive not just marketing, but meaningful experiences that resonate in every action and interaction. 


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