iOS Software Engineer Intern (Creative Tools) - 2024 Summer (BS/MS)




San Jose, CA


Position summary

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible. Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day. To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always. At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve. Join us.

Team Introduction: As an iOS Engineer on the TikTok Creative Tools Team, you will be responsible for developing and optimizing creative tools and features on the TikTok platform. Your technical skills and creative mindset will directly impact the way users express themselves and create content. Working closely with cross-functional teams, including product managers, designers, and backend engineers, you will help design and implement cutting-edge and user-friendly creative tools.

Joining the TikTok Creative Tools Team will provide you with an excellent career growth opportunity, allowing you to impact the creative expression and content creation of tens of millions of users worldwide. If you are a skilled iOS Engineer with a passion for technological innovation and content creation, we sincerely invite you to be part of our dynamic and motivated team. Let's collaborate to build outstanding creative tools and empower users to create awe-inspiring and delightful short video experiences on TikTok!

We are looking for talented individuals to join us for an internship in 2024. Internships at TikTok aim to offer students industry exposure and hands-on experience. Turn your ambitions into reality as your inspiration brings infinite opportunities at TikTok.

Internships at TikTok aim to provide students with hands-on experience in developing fundamental skills and exploring potential career paths. A vibrant blend of social events and enriching development workshops will be available for you to explore. Here, you will utilize your knowledge in real-world scenarios while laying a strong foundation for personal and professional growth.

This Internship Program runs for 12 weeks beginning in May/June 2024. Successful candidates must be able to commit to one of the following summer internship cycles below: https://1.May 20, 2024 to August 9, 2024 https://2.May 27, 2024 to August 16, 2024 https://3.June 10, 2024 to August 30, 2024

We will prioritize candidates who are able to commit to these start dates. Please state your availability clearly in your resume (Start date, End date).

Candidates can apply to a maximum of two positions and will be considered for jobs in the order you apply. The application limit is applicable to TikTok and its affiliates' jobs globally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - we encourage you to apply early.

Online Assessment Candidates who pass resume evaluation will be invited to participate in TikTok's technical online assessment in HackerRank.


  • Design, build, and maintain high-performance iOS applications that enable users to effortlessly create, edit, and share creative content.
  • Collaborate with product teams to understand user needs and product visions, transforming design concepts into practical mobile application features.
  • Optimize application performance to deliver smooth user experiences and exceptional interface responsiveness.
  • Collaborate in the development and maintenance of core components and frameworks for the iOS app, ensuring code quality and maintainability.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues and bugs, ensuring application stability and security.
  • Work closely with backend engineers to ensure seamless integration between the mobile app and backend systems.
  • Graduate with a background in Software Development, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related technical discipline.
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
  • Familiarity of software development principles, capabilities and limitations of iOS platforms.
  • Proficient in Objective-C or Swift.
  • Understanding of iOS development tools and common third-party libraries.
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills.
  • Creative mindset and a passion for mobile apps and content creation.

Preferred Qualifications • Graduating December 2024 onwards with intent to return to FTE after the completion of the internship. • Demonstrated software engineering experience from previous internship, work experience, coding competitions, or publications • High levels of creativity and quick problem-solving capabilities

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at https://earlycareers.accommodations@

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Why you should apply for a job to TikTok:

  • 4.5/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.5/5 in supportive management

  • 100% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 100% would recommend this company to other women

  • 100% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • Employee well-being is supported via hybrid work, short-term counseling through our EAP and a premium subscription to Headspace.

  • We embrace diversity across all dimensions and provide employees with 9 employee resource groups globally, including our WOMEN ERG.

  • Comprehensive parental leave policy as well as fertility treatment through healthcare providers with a $20,000 lifetime maximum.