About AcquiaU

We're creating the next generation of Drupal talent

Drupal powers some of the busiest sites on the web, and can be adapted to virtually any visual design. A career in Drupal can offer a profitable and interesting career path, as well as opportunity to engage in the world’s largest and most active open source community. With this explosion in usage, we experience an ever growing need to hire people to build and maintain these sites. The challenge the community is facing is one of supply and demand. Simply put, there just aren’t enough people to fill the needs.  At any given time in the past 6 months, job aggregator Indeed.com had over 2,500 open positions across the US for Drupal talent.

How do we close the gap?  Find the people with the right passion and grow their talent from the inside-out. We're not looking for people with years and years of Drupal experience. We're looking for people who are curious, motivated, determined, and who can inspire a little crazy in us all. At Acquia, culture and a person's POTENTIAL to contribute and grow with us matters. A lot. These are the underpinnings of a successful candidate.

 

What is AcquiaU?

AcquiaU is a rigorous and unique 14-week Drupal talent incubator program that is designed to tap into a person’s POTENTIAL. Our goal is to attract, grow, and retain new talent in the Drupal community.

Who has walked through these doors?  AcquiaU graduates come from backgrounds in dance, film editing, industrial design, US Armed Services, web design, writing, and teaching - just to name a few.  This breadth of experience brings a unique diversity to each class.

What you'll get:

  • Formal classroom learning on Drupal, Acquia Products and other web tech
  • Professional Development and coaching
  • Independent projects
  • Direct mentorship with experienced Acquians
  • On-the-job training with job rotations
  • A chance to Give Back More with community events like Hack-a-Thons for Charity
  • Opportunity for employment at Acquia or one of our partners

We're unlike any other bootcamp

We pay you - Yes, you read that right. You will be coming on board as an Acquian and will be working along side some of the brightest people you will ever meet. You should be compensated for the work you do with us and we want you to be successful.

Job opportunities - While we would love to guarantee you a job with a six-figure salary, we honestly can't. What we can guarantee succesful graduates is the opportunity to work at Acquia or one of our partners. We help you build a career path to get to that salary, if that's the path you chose. For some, they dream of being a member of a highly collborative, open source community where you're able to be yourself, build great stuff, and have a lot of fun.  If for some reason, Acquia doesn't turn out to be your dream job, we will work to network you with other companies that might be interested in your skills.  

AcquiaU is different because you’re onsite with some of the top Drupal experts, who become your mentors and your network. You’re not just exposed to the technology but to the community, the culture and the processes that will give you a leg up in your career. And receiving a paycheck made it much lower risk for me to make a mid-career change than any other bootcamp. If you’re thinking about it, do it. Seriously.

- Liz Mackie, 2015 Winter Session

What's it like to work at Acquia?

We're passionate about what we do, and we all bring our own perspectives to the table. Working at Acquia is fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and a lot of fun! Learn more about the culture at Acquia.

Working at Acquia over the past three years has been a life-changing experience for me. Through the first round of the Acquia U program, I was hired and trained to use Drupal by some of the most talented people in the company. Since then, I've moved from a general Support role to being a senior member of the team, and in 2014, I moved into a new position which allows me to work directly with other divisions to help them improve our overall products and services. I couldn't ask for a better company to work for or better people to work with.

- Aaron Pacheco, 2011 Fall Session

Are you ready to transform?

The key word here is POTENTIAL which is the most important quality we look for in our appliants. We are seeking people who have the potential to be great Drupalists, who want to work with Acquia to grow the company, and build the Drupal community. We have a special focus on recruiting returning US Veterans, women who code, and other under-represented people in the tech sector. Like any hire at Acquia, you have to embody our core values. You don't have to have a Drupal background but you do need to have technology 2-3 years of experience, inclusive of work experience, internships, personal projects, and college study in one or both of the following areas:

Technical Skills

Web Development:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Any modern content management system

Programming experience:

  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft ASP or ASP.NET
  • Python
  • Java
  • Virtually any other language commonly used in the creation of web sites

Professional Skills

Excellent communication skills

Willingness to learn

Embodies Acquia's core DNA:

  • Do the right thing
  • Committed to awesome
  • Inspire a little crazy
  • Jump in and own it
  • Give back more