Drupal PHP Developer/Software Engineer Paid Internship in Bournemouth


D. Agency is a vibrant digital agency currently expanding at a rapid rate.

We have an immediate opportuninity for a graduate or Junior Developer to take advantage of a 3-month paid internship through our D. Academy.

Working in an excellent studio environment, you’ll gain real world experience in a fast paced environment and will be able to share documentation, assets and achievements with future employers.

There will be an option to discuss a full time position at the end of this internship.

Purpose of The Role

Introduce graduates to Drupal – the hottest sector of web platform development and the area with the greatest shortage of specific skills. We want to help you get a grounding in Drupal whilst working on real world projects learning from a senior Drupal Architect.

Main Responsibilities

Contribute to the development of client websites and projects

  • Have technical and/or creative input into the planning of projects.
  • Undertake research where required to establish the best way of carrying out tasks assigned to you.
  • Take responsibility for the development of assigned tasks.

Studying to gain a working knowledge of the Drupal CMF

  • Working with the senior development team to gain or improve Drupal related skills.
  • Study Drupal best practices, APIs etc in order to be able to contribute more to agency development work.
  • Get involved with and to contribute to the Drupal community.

Key Selection Criteria

Knowledge and Experience:

Javascript / JQuery

Desirable (but not essential):

Drupal development experience

  • Site building
  • Module development
  • Theming

Experience of working with open source projects

Experience working with Linux.



Lateral thinker capable of thinking outside the box.
Strong people skills.
Ability to think on your own feet with minimal direction.


A passion for open source software.

Interest in an agency environment where you would get to work on multiple projects across different industries.

Help to develop Drupal based products

Assist in the development of modules, themes and distributions to be contributed to the wider Drupal community.

How To Apply

In the first instance submit your details via our Contact page or call our Studio Director, Phil Allen on 01202 390822.

Internships….the foundation to a successful career

Finding work, as a fresh graduate can be a real challenge, and even with our brand new glowing qualifications, we do not have any real work experience, which is what most employers are looking for. Yet to get this experience you must find a job!

This is one of the biggest stresses of entering the big bad world … but for every stressful situation there will be a solution. And my solution to this problem was finding my internship with D. Agency.

I believe Internships are majorly underrated, as they are often stigmatized with being the office slave and completing all the jobs the other staff do not want to do. However since starting my internship at D.Agency this has not been the case for me at all.

From day one all the staff were very welcoming and made me feel part of the team, and throughout the week I felt like I had gained exposure to real world problems and oversaw issues that were never found in my textbooks; and I probably learnt a lot more than I ever have in a whole university semester.

Internships….the foundation to a successful career

In addition, my boss Phil is one of the best bosses I have ever had, he has taken me under his wing and filled my brain with facts about marketing that will definitely become valuable to my future career. Working in an agency environment with a small team is also very stimulating, despite everyone working very hard the atmosphere is calm, laidback and pro active (Which is ideal for your first proper job).

I am currently working towards a marketing qualification, which is strengthening my knowledge in Google Ad Words, benchmarking and how to write a detailed digital marketing plan. This qualification is a great exchange of service and experience between myself and D.Agency as I am building upon my experience ,while D. Agency is receiving a brand new digital marketing plan.

Moreover, the pinnacle of your undergraduate education gives you the chance to use the skills you learnt from studying in a real-world setting. I definitely think internships deserve more credit than they are currently accounted for, and the Bournemouth University and Santander partnership is a fantastic scheme to help students find a paid internship to kick-start their career.

I love what I do so far as an intern and I am excited and eager to come to work every day to learn more and work with such talented and bright people. My internship has already showed me this is the career path I would like to take and from here I plan to go onwards and upwards.

Check Out Our New Studio Space

Expanding into larger office space is always a great opportunity to design things just the way you want.

We are moving across the reception into Studio 4 in June so we thought it would fun to run a post highlighting the process on a step-by-step basis.

Design Concept

Well we have access to the studio now and fortunately we have a great head start. Studio 4 had recently been converted back to a photo studio so we pretty much have a blank canvass of freshly white painted walls and ceiling with a contemporary grey painted floor.

The team are all having their say on what we should do, and Senior Designer Paul Barnes wasted no time in showing us all where he thinks it should go.

Checkout his design concepts:

D. Agency Studio Concept (Back Wall)


D. Agency Studio Concept (Kitchen View)

Middleweight Drupal Developer Vacancy

D. Agency Hiring Drupal Developer


We are one of the UK’s fastest growing Digital Agencies delivering exciting projects using the Drupal framework.

We believe users around the world should enjoy more compelling online experiences and Drupal helps us deliver on that vision.

Our team contributes regularly to the community, and we are in the process of launching our first distribution called DRUMA (Drupal for musical artists).

We’re Drupal through-and-through, and keen to talk to developers with a demonstrable track record on medium to large scale projects over the last 3-years.

If you’re worked with Drupal already that’s an advantage. If you haven’t, we can fast track you through our D. Academy but we’ll need to see the right passion for the product and the community.


Ideally situated in Bournemouth, Southampton, Poole or at least in daily commuting distance to Bournemouth, you’ll have a solid programming background.

You might not have a degree in Computer Science, so if you don’t, Zend Certification or similar will help, and you’ll have been developing in PHP for 3-years.

Brownie points will be scored for Drupal Organisation Membership, Contributions to the Community, experience working on Acquia Cloud, and Acquia Certified Developer status.

Above all though, you’ll have the potential to stretch your legs and solve real world client challenges with the most appropriate solutions.


  • Drupal 7 Site building experience
  • Drupal 7 module and theme development
  • Responsive theming using HTML5 + CSS3
  • JavaScript / jQuery development
  • Experience with version control systems, particlarly GIT
  • Scrum and Agile workflow experience

Drupal Developer Skills


We have just expanded into larger studios within The Picture House, a converted cinema and retro hub of like-minded creative businesses.

It’s a chilled environment, with a luxury kitchen, dining area and private shower. Bournemouth train station is a 20-minute walk; we are on the main bus route from town, and a 35-minute drive in from Southampton.

D. Agency Studio



We are an ambitious agency set to double in size during 2014. We work on a diverse portfolio of projects for international businesses’ and are keen to make our mark around the world.

There’s a lot of respect for our people and we are big on maximising potential. We are building one of the most comprehensively skilled Drupal teams in the world and look forward to seeing how you’d expect to help us achieve that.


  • Competitive salary – dependent on experience, with 6-monthly ramp-ups
  • Staff bonus scheme
  • Continuous professional development
  • Personal accreditation programmes funded
  • Prestigious environment



If you are looking for a move and think you fit our profile, get in touch now.

Even if you’re not desperately seeking to move right now, get on our radar because we are moving fast and you never know how things may change.

We don’t do formal interviews straight away. Our Studio Director Phil Allen prefers to meet up for an informal chat over a coffee or a beer.

If the vibe is right, we can take things further.



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