Applications are now open!
The Microsoft Student Partner Programme recognises top young minds from around the world that are passionate about technology. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all whilst having a ton of fun along the way. The program is our way of encouraging students who are interested in building a closer relationship with Microsoft, and those who are simply hooked on technology, or talking about it to others to develop their skills further.
So what exactly is a Microsoft Student Partner?
As a team we are responsible for helping students and start-ups design, create and publish great quality apps for Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone. An MSP’s role is to help us achieve this by:
- creating great quality apps
- writing great content we can use to showcase student talent
- co-delivering content with us at events
So we are looking for students who:
- are experienced software developers
- are passionate about developer technology and for Microsoft
- are able to prove this passion
- are at a UK university and over 18
- have the support of a faculty member
- are able to articulate technology to a crowd
We do want to encourage discussion and debate about technology and hence your experiences and opinions are extremely valuable. If you want to share your passion and develop industry-leading skills, we want to hear from you.
What will you get in return?
As part of your role as an MSP you will receive the following
- an MSDN subscription
- monthly Lync calls with the UK Academic team
- technical education sessions organised on-line
- the ability to showcase your skills to a wider audience though Microsoft promoting your apps and skills to the wider student and developer community
- increased visibility in your university (dependant on you driving this with your faculty contact)
How do we select MSPs?
The application process will open in August 2012 and we’ll review applications in September. Subsequent selection will take place until the end of December 2012.
To consider applying for the MSP Program, you must be:
- Over 18 years of age.
- Studying a full-time course at an officially recognised university in the UK.
- Have the support of a Faculty Member or a Professional within the technology industry.
- Everyone needs to have published at least one app in a Microsoft MarketPlace or Store (Windows Phone, Windows 8, Azure application)
- If you have an app in the design stage you can become an MSP on probation for 3 months until your app gets published
What are we looking for?
All MSPs should have the following basic qualities:
- Passionate about technology and what it can do
- Someone who loves to learn
- Be part of an active and vibrant network
- Demonstrates a high degree of responsibility, honesty, and integrity
- Good rapport with faculty and students studying other disciplines
- Willing to share knowledge & eager to educate and inspire others
- High level of social activity, both online & offline
- Willingness to support and organise university events and involve the local community
What’s the fine print?
- The time commitment is somewhat variable and depends on you and the activity but it might be somewhere between 1-3 hours/week.
- Students must be enrolled fulltime in an accredited academic institution within the UK.
- In order for new people to be accepted onto the programme we expect prospective MSPs to provide some evidence that you have the desire, capacity and willingness to share your passion for technology.
- If we find it is not meeting your needs then MSPs are free to leave the programme at any time
- Microsoft retains the right to exclude people from the programme at any time.
- Your details will not be used for any other marketing purpose.
How to apply?
Applications for the 2012-2013 Academic Year are now open. To apply for the Microsoft UK MSP programme, please refer to the competencies required and the responsibilities above.
·You will need to provide contact details from an academic member of your department or the professional who you have worked with in the technology industry
For all questions regarding the Microsoft UK program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org