Since very early on in ScratchSpace’s history, we have believed in a symbiotic relationship with our interns. Interns are given an opportunity to apprentice in a specific real world technology, which is otherwise extremely difficult to find. In return, ScratchSpace is able to hand off internal company projects to the interns which would otherwise not have been possible.

Internships generally last three to five months. From beginning to end, interns work directly with team members while also being given tasks to complete on their own.

Current internship project:

OpenStack & Docker Project

OpenStack is a open source cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center which can then be used as infrastructure as a service (IaaS). All of the above components are managed through a dashboard which gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside software containers, by providing an additional layer of abstraction and automation of operating-system-level visualization on, in this case, Linux.

The lab cluster consists of four physical servers with approximate spec’s below:

Xeon E5520s & E5620s
8-12GB of DDR3 RAM per server
RAID 5 & 6

The intern will:

– Create a 4 server lab cluster utilizing OpenStack
– Create multiple virtual machines within the cluster utilizing various Linux distributions and open source software
– Configure Docker on virtual machines
– Create sample docker containers

Finally the intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in DevOps/R&D, networking, software deployment, documentation and troubleshooting.

If you are interested in an internship at ScratchSpace, please contact us today.

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After years of working in retail and food service, I decided to find a job that requires creativity and where I can use my skills as an illustrator and designer. I heard about the Launch Brigade internship program from the community coordinator at NextSpace Santa Cruz, I met with owner and founder, Chris Miller and just one week later I started my internship program. I learned that in the fast-paced world of web design, being a capable developer is just as important as having graphic design skills. Despite having little direct web development knowledge, the team agreed to train me. During my time as an intern, I was able to work on real projects and with industry experts. The best part is that after I completed the internship, I actually got hired by Launch Brigade! My time so far here has been invaluable, and as a full-fledged team member I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.Patch Sobrak-Seaton

I met Chris through a mutual friend who knew that Chris was looking for someone with my background for a project he had in mind. When Chris told me his idea, I was all in. His plan was to assemble a team of interns to build an awesome web application. My role was to teach myself everything I could about the Swift PHP Framework (called Kohana) and Clean Code (a book by Robert Martin), and create curriculum based on them. The project was called Santa Cruz App Dev. I was attending university at the time, and my experience during my internship was drastically more educational, stimulating, practical, useful, and applicable to finding a job. Particularly because after our second internship session ended, Chris was able to find work for me at his company and hired me on. The experience has been like no other. Boundless opportunities have greeted me here.
Bennett Roesch

After completing most all of the Computer Information Systems classes at College I was excited to get my feet wet working in IT. Feeling the same frustration as many of my peers, I was doing really well in class but lacked the real world experience to go straight into a job. Enter Chris Miller, I was recommended by an instructor to Chris as a possible intern candidate, and upon meeting with him knew that ScratchSpace would be a fit for me.

With the basic building blocks of network engineering and Linux system administration, Chris and the team help guide and push me far beyond my own expectations. During my first internship I successfully built a fully open source IPS, capable of monitoring, inspecting and blocking malicious network traffic. Then I applied and completed a second internship during which I built a high availability web-hosting platform with multiple application servers, MySQL clustering and caching servers.

I felt the speed and quality of my learning increased exponentially working with the ScratchSpace team along with my confidence. Most memorable though is the level of support and encouragement from Chris in continuing my education.
Daniel Wilson