Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Full Time
US only

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Location: San Francisco, CA or Remote

Hours: 40 hours/week

Duration: February 1st- March 31st, 2018


Over the past three years, different departments at the Wikimedia Foundation have developed learning resources to support Wikimedia communities all over the world advance their work, which includes: engaging new editors and education institutions on Wikipedia (through Wikimedia programs), supporting volunteer developers for MediaWiki (the software on which Wikipedia operates), advocating for law reforms or law enforcements, creating new institutional partnerships, giving direct support to guarantee the safety of Wikipedia users all over the world. Through a new hub, called “Wikimedia Resource Center”, we hope to better connect Wikimedia community members to these resources and one on one support. The Wikimedia Resource Center is a project that has 8 different stakeholders, with specific needs, across the organization.

We’re looking for someone who is comfortable in both a design and a technical role (mostly front-end). The technical design intern will work with the Learning and Evaluation team to flesh out designs, and  use their technical expertise to make them into reality, using different technologies.

We’d like you to do these things:

As a Technical Intern with the Learning and Evaluation team you will be involved in supporting the development of the Wikimedia Resource Center.

  • Work closely with the Communications and Outreach Coordinator on the redesign of the Evaluation Portal on Meta Wikimedia.

  • Migrate and archive L&E portal pages from existing namespaces to new namespace

  • Create a set of templates that can be implemented by different portals informing the Wikimedia Resource Center.

  • Mapping the technical support needs and lending support as available to other teams working on portal redesign as part of the Wikimedia Resource Center project

  • Engage in dynamic working environments to connect with Wikimedia colleagues throughout the world.

  • Other duties as needed.


  • Regular coordination with the Communications & Outreach Project Manager and Community Engagement team members.

  • Bi-weekly debriefs with team regarding progress and status of portals linked to the Wikimedia Resource Center.

  • Template design and technical integration for support in navigating online resources. The intern should be able to either (a) offer a design solution, which they will develop later on Meta Wikimedia; or (b) be able to work with wireframes and develop templates designed by others on Meta Wikimedia.

  • Guides for new template implementation for portals informing the Wikimedia Resource Center. (Example of template documentation on Meta Wikimedia.)

  • Redesigned and migrated portal pages with up-to-date information and category links.

We’d like you to have these skills:

The Learning and Evaluation Communications Intern should have the following experience and personal characteristics:

  • Must be a current student or a recent graduate pursuing a degree in UX Design, Human-Computer interaction, Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a closely related discipline, or have equivalent experience.

  • Skills in designing gadgets and scripts on wiki (e.g., LUA, JSON, Javascript, Python)

  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS.

  • Experience in mediawiki mark-up, especially for creating Wikimedia design templates and pages. (Read more about wiki templates here.)   

  • Interest in designing web content curation systems and user flow.

  • A strong interest in archival systems, searchability and usable portals on the Wikimedia projects.

  • Strong track record of positive and friendly communication with diverse cultural and language communities.

  • Proven ability to adhere to deadlines and to seek out learning & support for collaborative projects.

  • Willingness to accommodate scheduling requirements of frequent interactions across time zones, with collaborators from around the world

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

  • High energy for, and commitment to, the Wikimedia Foundation’s free knowledge mission.

And it would be even more awesome if you have this:

  • Understanding of the existing landscape of different Wikimedia programs (a plus)

  • Experience working with volunteers in open software projects (a plus)

  • Strong record of contributing to Wikimedia projects (a major plus)

 About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites. Every month, the Wikimedia sites are accessed by more than a billion unique devices. Wikipedia consists of more than 40 million articles across hundreds of languages. Every month, more than 70,000 volunteer editors contribute to Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded primarily through donations and grants. It currently employs over 240 staff members.

At the Foundation, we build technology to help people everywhere access Wikipedia, across devices and in nearly 300 languages. We engineer privacy for our readers and editors so they can safely and securely explore Wikipedia. We create programs and initiatives to make Wikipedia freely available to more people in more parts of the world. We build new tools for the community of editors so they can continue to improve and grow Wikipedia. Roughly a quarter of our budget goes to supporting the community that make the site possible, including through grantmaking programs that enable volunteers and enrich the information on the sites.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

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