Machine Learning Engineer Intern (Platform Governance)- 2023 Fall (PhD)

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Job Description

Why Join Us

At TikTok, our people are humble, intelligent, compassionate and creative. We create to inspire - for you, for us, and for more than 1 billion users on our platform. We lead with curiosity and aim for the highest, never shying away from taking calculated risks and embracing ambiguity as it comes. Here, the opportunities are limitless for those who dare to pursue bold ideas that exist just beyond the boundary of possibility. Join us and make impact happen with a career at TikTok.

Team Introduction

Governance and Experience team of e-commerce are responsible for ensuring the safety and trustworthy of the marketplace for not only our users, but also sellers and creators. We value our users' satisfaction by working on policies, rules and systems to ensure the quality. We are looking for an algorithm technical manager who is obsessed with customer experience and passionate about building systems to detect various risks that can sabotage platform trust.

This Internship Program runs for 12 weeks beginning in August/September 2023. Successful candidates must be able to commit to one of the following summer internship cycles below:

  1. August 14, 2023 to November 3, 2023
  2. September 5, 2023 to November 24, 2023

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.

Technical Assessment

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


This internship provides students the opportunity to join one of our engineering teams where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with a team to design and implement algorithms to detect and control risks/frauds in contents/products/sellers/creators.
  • Collaborate with strategy team, product managers, policy team and ops team to help define products and drive initiatives from engineering viewpoints.


  • Currently pursuing a PhD degree in Software Development, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related technical discipline.
  • Able to commit to working for 12 weeks during Fall 2023.
  • Experience with software development in at least one of the following programming languages: C++, Python, Go, Java.
  • Strong sense of responsibility and good at communication and teamwork.
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduating December 2023 onwards with intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship.
  • Demonstrated software engineering experience from previous internship, work experience, coding competitions, or publications.
  • Experience in anti-fraud/anti-spam/platform-integrity or related fields is a big plus
  • 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

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Company Info.


TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a short-form video hosting service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. It hosts a variety of user-submitted videos, from content such as pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes and dance, with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes.

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