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Launched in 2008, Hulu is a service for online TV. The company operates an ad-supported website Hulu.com that allows viewers to watch online video content -- TV shows, clips, and movies -- for free. Its premium service Hulu Plus allows streaming of full current and past season content on everything from TV sets and PCs to mobile phones and tablets for a monthly subscription fee. Consumers can pay extra for ad-free content. Hulu's programming is provided by more than 400 content companies, including network TV providers ABC, FOX, and NBC, as well as film studios MGM, Paramount, and Sony. For those who choose not to subscribe to a cable television provider, Hulu has also worked out agreements to offer premium cable offerings, like Showtime, for an additional fee. In addition to promoting content from network providers, those that have advertised on Hulu throughout the years include McDonald's, Microsoft, Target, and Toyota.
Hulu is always looking to add to its staff and are looking for smart people with intense curiosity, a determination to be the best, and a passion about redefining TV through innovation, unconventional thinking and embracing fun. It’s a mission that takes some serious smarts, intense curiosity and determination to be the best.
When you become employed by Hulu, you join the Hulugans and enjoy the perks of Hulugan Life, which they break out into six categories: Collaboration, Empowerment, Individuality, Wellness, Fun and Transparency.
Collaboration: Hulu works across teams to complete projects together and achieve this through an open work environment. THis means not a single Hulugan has an office, not even the CEO. Hulu also hosts regular lunchtime sessions for team members to share their knowledge and learn from each other. The company also provides work style assessments to help teams collaborate more effectively.
Empowerment: Hulu has created continuous training resources to help staff gain new knowledge and forge their own career path. It also provides advanced screenings of its hottest shows, Q&As with casts and creators, free Hulu subscriptions with Premium Add-Ons and discounted prices for friends and family.
Individuality: Every Hulugan has a professional photo shoot to display who they are. These photos collectively line the walls of Hulu's offices in all locations. They also have clubs such as the Food Ners and the Run Club.
Wellness: In addition to medical, dental, and vision. Hulu goes one step further to improve everyone's overall health. Hulu offers 401(k) matching, a long-term incentive plan, flexible work hours and vacation time, fully stocked kitchens, free on-site cooking and fitness classes, sit/stand desks, and even a monthly stipend to use on whatever helps staff “Be Well.” They even provide green commuting bonuses to support the health of the environment.
Fun: Staff could spend your time debugging code from a beanbag and then reward themsleves by competing in an epic ping pong tournament in one of Hulu's game rooms. Hulu also boasts that they know how to throw a party and enjoy spending time with each other; from its Huluween festivities to its summer and holiday parties.
Transparency: Hulu's leaders host All Hands meetings with an interactive Q&A to discuss business updates and its direction as a company. On top of that, they make accessibility a priority by providing unfiltered face time at regular Coffee Talks around the globe. They also encourage dialogue online through social intranet and regular survey opportunities.
Hulu's internships provide university students an opportunity to work on significant business-impacting projects. They will have direct interaction with all levels of the company, including members of the leadership team. Instead of making coffee or testing somebody else’s code, interns design and code their own projects and present their work to the company's technology and business leaders.
Internships offered in the past at Hulu, include:
PR Corporate Communications Intern: As an intern at Hulu, you will be an integral part of the public relations team assisting with corporate and content communications. The right person for this role has great organization skills, excellent project management skills and exceptional writing abilities. Interns will write first drafts of communications documents: briefing sheets, pitches, blogs, schedules, etc.; assist with communications efforts such as website, press site, intranet, wiki, event planning, etc.; track media coverage and gather weekly media recap reports; research speaking opportunities and create briefing sheets for executive appearances; put together talent schedules and handle logistics such as booking flights, hotels and cars; attend and coordinate logistics for industry and company events; update and organize media lists and other press materials; assist the corporate communications team with Hulu brand-related press campaigns; assist with press announcements across company initiatives including advertising, product, content and distribution; research and monitor the overall streaming media landscape; and update all event calendars
Product Management Intern: Responsibilities include; developing product specifications for new experiences across a range of Hulu platforms; coming up with creative solutions for complex user problems that directly impact the consumer experience; working hand-in-hand with the design team and developers to create, build and ship real products; learn the disciplines of Agile development processes; and learn the business of Hulu by interacting with teams across from across the company.
Research Software Developer Intern: An intern will conduct research work on improving video encoding quality utilizing domain knowledge; improve subjective evaluation mechanism and conduct subjective evaluation; build tools/systems to make research work on video coding more efficiently; and work close with other researchers / Devs on video encoder efficiency optimization.
Software Development Intern: Interns are expected to contribute to design of the architecture and development of products and services to redefine TV; design, develop, maintain, test, and deploy applications and services; invent novel solutions to challenging problems; move between languages and tech stacks with ease; build new services on new platforms; improve performance, scalability, and availability of internal systems; diagnose and debug issues in a production environment; interact with massive data sets from a large user base and content library; and collaborate with researchers, program managers, and product designers in an open, creative environment.
Technical Program Management Intern: An intern is expected to be partners in crime with engineers, helping to drive, track and release new products and features. They are the front line in separating the wheat from the chaff and making sure critical information is shared, while noise is kept to a minimum. This requires them to be fluent in both technology and the language of product, marketing, and advertising. They will also need to move quickly using Jira, Confluence, and whatever agile tools the team discovers work best. In this role, the intern will work with teams across the US and China to coordinate the reporting, tools, and processes used with product development for Hulu's Cross-Platform program. Above all else, they are expected to manage the inevitable change over the life cycle of a project so that deadlines are met with great products and happy team members.
UX Design Intern: An intern will tackle complex tasks and transform them into intuitive, accessible and easy-to-use designs for millions of people who love TV- from first-time Hulu users to seasoned binge watchers. Above all, they will create meaningful relationships that bring our customers closer to their favorite content. This role involves a wide range of responsibilities, and the intern’s primary duties are to help support the in-house designers at various stages of the process, from research to design and production. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to design for a multitude of platforms: web, mobile (iOS and Android), and even living room devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and PlayStation. The right person for this internship is not only someone with amazing design chops, but a highly collaborative designer who takes initiative and is passionate about the intersection of technology and television.
The following are some of the qualifications you may expect to need if you want to work at Hulu (qualifications will differ based on the internship program):
A degree (BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD) in the field applicable to the position
Knowledge and expertise in related field for which you are applying (i.e. program languages, video coding, video quality assessment, video processing, data structure, algorithms, and wireframing software, among other potential skills)
Those applying for a design position may be expected to supply a .pdf portfolio
A passion for TV and a knowledge of the streaming marketplace
High standards and a history of driving projects through to completion
A willingness to take ownership and run with a challenge
Excellent project management and organizational skills
Exceptional written and/or verbal communication skills
2500 Broadway Fl 2
Santa Monica, CA 90404-3065
Phone: 1 (310) 571-4700
Number of Interns: Varies
Academic Level: College Seniors, Graduate Students
Degree Track: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy
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