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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIP

LaunchCode, in partnership with Microsoft, is launching a program to train 30-40 transitioning military veterans and other cleared talent in computer programming. The majority of selected applicants will, at the beginning of the class, receive full-time job offers at Microsoft contingent upon completing the 17-week training and onboarding, along with a final project. 

Applicants who do not receive a full-time offer at the beginning of class can still have the opportunity to get hired by Microsoft. They must complete training, a final project, and an interview with Microsoft after the course. 

A traditional tech background is not required! Microsoft is looking for collaborative, innovative individuals who are willing to work hard and learn. 
During the course, students will learn in-demand skills commonly used at Microsoft including, C#, Azure, and JavaScript. The class will run full-time for 17 weeks from April 6 to July 31. During the course, students will develop a series of projects, culminating in a final full-stack app that is representative of work at Microsoft. Historically, more than 80 percent of students who attend class regularly are able to complete their final assignment. 

Application Process

Microsoft is targeting transitioning military veterans for roles in software development. Eligible candidates must have:
  1. TS/SCI clearance or above (TS/SCI +Poly, etc.)
  2. A transition date no later than September 2020
This course is completely free and SkillBridge/CSP-eligible. Students who are not SkillBridge/CSP-eligible are welcome to apply as well.

Here is how you can apply:

Step 1: Apply 
To begin, you must complete your online application. You will be asked to share previous work experience and the reason why you feel you would be a great candidate for this training program. Please mention your military accomplishments. We find the commitment exhibited by military veterans make them well-suited for software development roles.

Step 2: Problem Solving Assessment
After completing your application for the class, you will receive a brief problem-solving assessment to the email address you used to apply. You will have 60 minutes to complete the assessment. The clock will start running as soon as you open the application, and you must complete the assessment in one sitting. You do not need to know how to program to complete the assessment. Check out this article to prepare.

Note: You must complete this assessment before your application will be considered.
 
Step 3: Interview
Microsoft will interview top applicants via phone in March 2020. They will evaluate candidates based on their cultural fit and desire to learn software development.

Step 4: Decision Notification
Each applicant will be notified of their status two weeks before the start date of the training.

Applications close 3/10, so please apply today!

About Microsoft

It's Microsoft's mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more—including those who serve and protect our nation. They offer veterans a place to utilize their technical skills to drive innovative mission-based work.

Microsoft has helped many military members transition to technology careers

Frequently Asked Questions


What role would I work in after completing the program?
Graduates of the program will assume software engineering roles at Microsoft in the development area. Responsibilities include influencing and creating new material for large-scale distribution and creating mission-critical solutions to prevent problems from recurring. There are great benefits, an ideal work environment, and plentiful opportunities for growth!

Will there be future dates for this program?

None are scheduled at this time, but we hope to have additional opportunities like this in the future.

Where will graduates of the program work?
The purpose of the course is to fill open software engineering positions in Reston, VA; Redmond, WA; and Elkridge, MD. The class has a limited number of seats, and preference will be given to those who want to work in these cities.

Where will the course be taught?
The classes will take place in-person near Ft. Meade, MD.

What is the SkillBridge Program?
The SkillBridge program gives active duty service members an opportunity to gain valuable work and training experience during their last 180 days of service. You can read more here.

Do I need to have previous coding experience?

Nope!


More Questions?

We have answers! Microsoft and LaunchCode are hosting a webinar to answer your questions on February 25 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Register here!



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