Break Into Tech: Why Internships Matter
As the new cycle of internship applications are opening for Microsoft Asia Pacific, can't help but share only positive feelings for the program. If you have a friend or relative that's looking into breaking into IT as a career, this may be the best opportunity out there! This post is a quick guide on how to get in the program as I did. This may not be the exact formula for everyone, as no two people share the exact same experiences but this can be a rough guide on how to make it happen for you.
First, you need to be eligible as an undergraduate or a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree. I was working on my MBA while I saw an ad on LinkedIn calling for applications. I submitted my updated resume and wished for the best. I won't reveal too much on the process, but I guarantee the screening process was like no other! Just make sure to brush up on your soft skills and how to project your voice confidently through the phone or to other people. As far as I remember, there are three main levels of the interview process and passing one means you are one step closer to becoming a part of the program. Once accepted, you'll have a role that feels like a regular employee's role for three (3) to six (6) months in the local office (depending on your contract), with about a week for all the interns to gather in fun program at the Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.
Learning about Excel and gaining new friends from around the region only made the experience extra fulfilling for me. I think this is the best program so far, and I would highly recommend it to anyone breaking into the tech industry.
Here are some clips I've gathered from the journey, some even made it to the official video and the Microsoft website!
Internships matter because they give you a firsthand experience of what its like to work in a company. Beyond the prestige of being part of one of the biggest firms in the world, experiencing the culture and how it trickled down to the people you meet: from their work ethics to the way they view the world and inspire others is the biggest take home from it all.
If you have any questions about the internship, feel free to drop a comment below or email me at email@example.com.