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Co-op Program

Toronto, ON | New York City, NY 

About The Program

We are looking for a co-op student to join our growing team. Our Core team builds the end-to-end platform components of our MediaVoice product – from client-side JavaScript (including React.js and CoffeeScript), to a Django web app management portal, to backend data processing systems, databases & REST APIs.

Why Polar?

At Polar, we believe in high quality, scalable and beautiful software. Great software is an essential part of great media experiences and great media businesses.

Polar’s platform enables publishers to manage their premium branded content advertising business by providing a full stack technology solution. The world’s largest publishers choose MediaVoice to power their branded content programs. Some media brands using our platform include USA Today, TechCrunch, Engadget, Conde Nast, HuffPost, New York Post, The Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald.

We’re an agile, engineering lead company. We house a fun, dynamic, and innovative team who have gained a well-deserved reputation for shipping products, features, and updates on time and beyond expectation.

#LifeAtPolar

Our bright, big, loft-style downtown Toronto office (a block from Union Station) boasts great natural light and views of the city, free snacks and drinks, a kitchen stocked with breakfast essentials, and an espresso machine to help wake you up in the morning. To help you unwind we’ve got couches, a pool table, and ample choice in seating arrangements.

Our New York office is located on Broadway and 30th in midtown Manhattan with plenty of great food and drink options around. We have a dedicated office within a shared workspace facility called Grind with open concept work tables, couches, meeting rooms and phone booths to suit different working needs. It also comes with free snacks and drinks, a kitchen stocked with essentials, and unlimited coffee and espresso to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Co-op Life At Polar

Co-op placements at Polar are different – you learn, you write code, and that code is used. Your activity actually goes into production. You are assigned a peer/mentor and can come to them with any questions you may have.

Read more about Polar’s Culture here: https://polar.me/blog/culture/polars-culture-built-foundation-great-workplace/

Program Responsibilities

This program will see you:

  • Work on real software that ships multiple times per week
  • Write high quality software with unit tests across multiple code bases and languages
  • Independently design and architect features with performance

Required Skills

Skills you’ll use and improve:

  • Best practices of software development
  • Joint code ownership & peer code review
  • Continuous integration and lean/agile practices

It’s a bonus (but not a requirement) if you’re already familiar with some of the technologies and/or tools we use every day:

  • Python and Django
  • JavaScript, React.js, CoffeeScript, Gears, Grunt
  • MySQL, Redis, Thrift, Resque, Greenlets, Tornado, Beanstalk, Celery
  • GitHub, Jira, Jenkins, Chef & Knife, Vagrant, VMWare, VirtualBox

We’re looking for proficient co-op students – years of experience and exposure to particular frameworks or languages are less important than skill, virtue, a strong desire to learn & improve, and an inclination towards our problem domain. It doesn’t matter what programming language you’re already familiar with – we need developers with strong foundations.

Transportation and Housing

Students are expected to arrange their own housing and transportation.

Our office is located in Downtown Toronto, one block from Union Station so access via public transit (Go Transit or Subway) is very easy from any corner of the city.

Compensation and Benefits Information

Polar’s pays competitive compensation to the co-op earnings for the student’s program. Students can be discussed details during the interview.

Here are some of the other perks at Polar:

  • Weekly catered lunches
  • Healthy snacks
  • Breakfast essentials every day
  • Popcorn social on Fridays
  • Pool Table
  • Casual dress code
  • Hack Days
  • Bright, open office space

You can get an overview of our typical Employee Benefits here: https://polar.me/company/careers/

How To Apply

  • Email Your Resume And Cover Letter To: apply@polar.me
  • Use The Subject Line: ‘Apply – Co-op Program’