Big Bucks in Data

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There is big money in big data.  Data technology revenues have grown from $3.2 billion in 2010 to projected revenues of $16.9 billion by 2015.  Splunk has been called a “game changer” in this area.   Splunk is a company that is passionate about disrupting the conventional ways people look at and use data.  They are known for innovative new ways to bring big data to the masses. 

Every click on every website, every customer call, every credit card transaction, every tweet or post is data.

  Until recently, companies had a hard time putting that information to good use.  Today, Splunk is implemented in data centers around the world.  These include financial organizations, government agencies, social networking sites, mobile telecom companies, and more.  It monitors, collects, and indexes in real time, creating opportunities for improvement in business processes and allowing its’ clients to save money.   "In seconds, instead of hours, you can find exactly what you need," says Steve Sommer, Splunk's Chief Marketing Officer.   

One example of a Splunk client is Rutgers University, who uses them to find anything that might be slowing down student registration. Another client, Comcast, compares data on what customers are watching and uses that data to fine-tune its marketing.   Products from Splunk include Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Cloud, and Hunk.  Competitors include BMC Software, Compuware, and IBM.

Splunk Company Information

Splunk went public in 2012 and is now worth nearly $3 billion.  Revenues grew by $70 million in 2012, and it currently boats a roster of over 5,000 clients.  Splunk has over 800 employees worldwide and is headquartered in San Francisco, with other offices around the world.  Splunk has been named as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's "Best Places to Work" by The San Francisco Business Times six years in a row.

  It has experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 64% for the year ended January 31, 2013.  Fast Company named Splunk the #1 Innovator in Big Data.  The company was also selected Best SIEM in 2013 SC Awards and Best Enterprise Security product in 2013 SC Europe Awards.

According to, Splunk scores a 3.5 out of 5.0 in employee satisfaction.  Internships with the company pay between $24 and $26 per hour.  Interview questions are primarily experiential, with the emphasis on projects previously worked on.  Interns have observed that the work culture at Splunk is dynamic and the people are friendly.  Working there gives interns exposure to creative people with very diverse skill sets.


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  • Competitive salary
  • Great working environment
  • Corporate Philosophy of "Win together, lose together" and "Do the right thing".
  • No set work schedules, work smarter not harder.
  • Interns are encouraged to take risks and be creative
  • Great people
  • Excellent top notch CEO

Internship Pick of the Week: Software Engineer

Splunk is focused specifically on the challenges and opportunity of effectively managing massive amounts of machine data, and providing a next-generation platform for powerful new applications.

  It continues to push the limits of innovation, and product quality is no different.  How hard is to write software that will find faults in other software?  Splunk challenges interns to find and push beyond their own limitations.


  • Achieve goals set by an internship mentor
  • Learn the software development lifecycle
  • Gain expertise in “search” technology
  • Develop problem solving and analytic abilities
  • Learn programmatic test techniques


  • Object-oriented programming language proficiency in Java, C++, or other
  • Strong Knowledge of Python, Perl, Shell, or other scripting language
  • Proficiency with algorithms, and data structures
  • Interest in developing test programs
  • Understanding of HTTP protocol in the context of REST interfaces
  • Security awareness
  • Knowledge of vulnerability testing tools
  • Work in Operating Systems, Compilers, Algorithms, Parallel Computing, Computer Graphics, Software Engineering, Networking, Databases
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Eagerness to learn and work in a collaborative and fun working environment


Splunk is seeking students who are currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field.

How to Apply

Complete the form and submit your resume and cover letter on the website.