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Technical Writing Intern

Company: Synopsys, Inc.
Location: Mountain View
Time: The position is available May through September, 2016.

Job number on Synopsys website: 13345BR
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Project Description:
You will learn how to write and communicate highly technical information. Find out how rewarding the technical writing profession in a high-tech product company can be. You will:

  • Develop user documentation for software features from functional specifications or software.
  • Make improvements to documentation based on feedback.
  • Edit technical information in user documentation and knowledge base articles for grammatical, style, technical, and usability issues.

This is your opportunity to collaborate with others in a documentation team and to learn how to use Adobe FrameMaker. You will also learn how to manage documentation projects and gain the experience of working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

Skill Requirements:
Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite. Excellent writing skills, such as English grammar and composition. Expertise in writing technical information preferred. Exposure to electrical engineering, physics or computer science is a plus, but not required. Experience with FrameMaker is a plus, but not required.

Education Requirements:
Junior, Senior, or recent graduate with BA or BS

Technical Writing Intern

The process development department at Jabil, in South San Jose, is currently looking for a technical writer intern with a background in engineering. The job is part time for a year. Students will be exposed to many electronics assembly processes and will have the opportunity to work on “how to” guides in a wikipage style. The hours are very flexible and some of the work can be done remotely. If you are interested, please contact:

Rosa Chang Javadi
Technical Program Manager, ETS
408.361.3697 (desk)
408.832-5830 (cell)

Learn how to program for free!

An internet startup in Santa Clara is offering to teach anyone to program – in Python, Java, PHP, and/or CSS, as well as iPhone and Android mobile apps – if they’ll commit to working 25+ hours/week onsite, unpaid, during the work week. This is completely free to you.

More information about the training program
They’ll provide “learn-programming-by-doing-projects” opportunities, which is the best way to learn programming. There will be training sessions, but most learning experience will be through doing projects.

Why are they offering this training program completely free?
This company is an Internet software startup. They already have customers, but don’t have outside funding. As you know, it is expensive to hire an experienced software engineer. So they would like to train someone as a software engineer. Hopefully, he/she would like to stay with them longer and together build a successful company, which means that if the company becomes successful one day, you will be rewarded nicely. But if you find a job after a few months, that will be OK too. You can leave the program any time.

If you are interested in the program, please call Ben Lee directly at 408-499-4251 or email him

I checked this morning (Aug 6) and the program is still open. I have no affiliation with Dr. Lee, but am keenly aware that many would-be technical writers who’d like to write for programmers don’t have any programming experience but do have the time to learn. Here’s a potentially synergistic solution.

Andrew Davis
Synergistech Communications

IBM Corp.

Santa Teresa Lab
555 Bailey Avenue
San Jose, CA

Contact: Lori Fisher
Fax: (408) 463-2614

Technical writing assignment on complex database software products. May include printed or online deliverables. Work as part of an information development team creating real customer deliverables. Will need to learn about the product set on the job, work closely with programmers and interface designers to gather source materials, and interact with other writers, graphic designers, and editors on the team.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to quickly learn new technologies. Working knowledge of markup languages such as SGML or HTML. Familiarity with UNIX or Win/NT operating systems. Highly Desirable: Familiarity with help systems in WinHelp or HTML Help. Experience with desktop publishing and multi-media tools. Programming or database knowledge, especially familiarity with C, C++, Java, and/ or SQL. Experience with CGI, Perl script, or JavaScript. Familiarity with object-oriented programming languages and concepts, and relational database concepts. You must be a fulltime student to apply.