SfG Apprenticeship Cohort

A hands-on learning opportunity with real world results. 

Software for Good’s apprenticeship is designed to mutually benefit up-and-coming professionals and for-good organizations. Our mission is two-fold:

1. Offer mentorship, training, and hands-on experience to students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a technology or software development career

2. Provide low-cost software development, design, and strategy services to nonprofits, startups, and other organizations that are using technology to achieve positive social and environmental change


We’re looking for skill, curiosity, and passion (not necessarily in that order).

Each cohort includes a small group of apprentices, ideally with a range of complementary skills and interests. As part of the cohort, you will work closely with the other members of your team, dedicated mentors and supervisors, and the client organization to deliver a professional product. The program will conclude with a final presentation to your client and the broader Software for Good team.

Starting in 2021, we are part of the Tech Training Pilot Program led by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development! To meet the goals of our funding, we are specifically seeking apprentices who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and are ages 18 to 30. Apprentices must also be Minnesota residents and be U.S. citizens or have “right to work” status.

Apply here for our next apprenticeship cohort.

 

Strategy & Human-Centered Design Apprenticeship

During this apprenticeship, you can expect to learn about/use:

• Human-centered design
• Research tools including interviews, usability testing, journey mapping, and more
• Product roadmaps and strategic recommendations for software products
• User experience design and strategy

We expect you to be new to the tech industry and that you’ll learn a lot on the job! However, we look for the following qualities to set apprentices up for success:

• Previous experience with at least one design tool — Figma, Photoshop, Sketch, etc.
• Curiosity and asking lots of questions
• Desire to work in a team and partner closely with fellow apprentices

 

Software Development Internship

During this apprenticeship, you can expect to learn about/use:

• Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML/CSS
• Development best practices, including code reviews and testing
• Pair programming
• Account management and client communication
• Agile workflows
• GitHub, Slack, and other tools of the trade

We expect you to be new to software development and that you’ll learn a lot on the job! However, we look for the following qualities to set apprentices up for success:

• Previous experience with at least one programming language — ideally a back-end language such as Java, Python, or Ruby on Rails
• Curiosity and asking lots of questions
• Desire to work in a team and partner closely with fellow apprentices

 

What’s the commitment? 

Cohort members are expected to work about 30 hours per week, including regular meetings, mentoring sessions, and collaboration with fellow interns. Our core work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Central time. We will work with you to arrange a schedule that allows for classes and schoolwork, vacations and holidays, and other work demands as necessary.

For the time being, we expect that the program will be fully remote and that apprentices can participate via online and video communication.

Software for Good will provide access to and help getting set up with necessary tools, programs, and software.

 

Here’s what you can expect from us in return:

• The chance to do work that makes a difference
• Mentorship, training, and hands-on experience
• Course credits plus hourly compensation
• Fun, flexible, casual work environment
• An hourly wage of $18

 

Applying for the program

We will share information about apprenticeship openings as they become available! For our upcoming cohorts, we are specifically seeking interns who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; live in Minnesota; and are ages 18 to 30.

Apply now for our next cohort.