Privacy and Civil Liberties Software Engineer, Internship

Palantir Technologies

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At Palantir, we’re passionate about building software that solves problems. We partner with the most important institutions in the world to transform how they use data and technology. Our software has been used to stop terrorist attacks, discover new medicines, gain an edge in global financial markets, and more. If these types of projects excite you, we’d love for you to join us.

The Role

The Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCL) team is a mission-driven interdisciplinary team of Software Engineers, Product Designers, Lawyers, and Applied Ethicists. The goal of the PCL team is to design, build, and deploy privacy and civil liberties protective technologies, and to foster a culture of responsibility around their development and use. Our team successfully manages multiple internal and external commitments simultaneously while navigating complex and nuanced political environments with care. We have deep expertise in privacy law and technology ethics, and are able to translate legal and ethical requirements into practical technical products.

As a Software Engineer on the Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCL) team, you will join a team responsible for designing and building world-leading software that enables Palantir and its customers to meet legal requirements and ethical obligations while achieving mission-critical outcomes. We manage our own suite of privacy enhancing technologies as well as collaborate closely with product teams to ensure privacy considerations are integrated at all levels of Palantir platforms. We also engage externally with customers and academia to ensure we remain engaged in solving cutting edge privacy issues. In this role, you will need to understand and stay up to date on rapidly changing socio-technical environments, and developing actionable technical solutions.

 

Examples of past intern projects include:

 

  • Developing a tool for dynamically applying data minimization transforms (hashing, character masking, generalization, etc.) to data returned by database queries
  • Implementing audit logging and audit analytics capabilities to support oversight and accountability
  • Building a web UI for complex data retention and deletion workflows that facilitate compliance with privacy and data protection regulations
  • Researching law and policy in countries around the world and advising customers on how to use Palantir’s capabilities to facilitate compliance with those requirements
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    What We Value

     

  • Strong engineering background, preferably in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Physics, or Data Science.
  • Ability to design, implement, and scale intuitive privacy-enhancing products for diverse user groups.
  • Familiarity with data structures, storage systems, front-end frameworks, and/or other technical tools
  • Proficiency with one or more programming languages, such as Python, Java, C++, TypeScript/JavaScript, or similar.
  • Ability to collaborate and empathize with a variety of individuals. You can iterate with users and non-technical stakeholders and understand how your technical decisions impact them
  • Ability to continuously learn, work independently, and make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in any of the following domains a plus: security, machine learning techniques, machine learning driven applications, machine learning infrastructure and/or internet of things
  • Must be planning on graduating in 2024. This should be your final internship before graduating.
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