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What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade from a skilled worker. Historically, apprenticeships were a primary method for adult education in America. And they still are in certain industries.
Recently, apprenticeships are making a comeback, especially with the crisis of cost associated with post-secondary education. Why shouldn’t young adults get paid to learn their trade, helping to support their formal education? Why shouldn’t they have the opportunity to earn money WHILE learning, both through the classroom and through practical application?
That’s where EduSource comes in. We believe people learn best through doing, so we pair apprentices up with full-time software engineers to get a deep-dive into the world of custom software creation. Our apprentices work full-time for a set period or part-time while also taking classes.
“Why would I recommend EduSource? The people. I love the people and the environment. Things are so well organized. It’s fun and educational” – 2017 EduSource Apprentice
EduSource works with:
- College students pursuing a degree in computer science or a related field.
- High school students interested in getting a head start on their careers.
- Those looking to expand into a second career later in life.
How Does it Work?
EduSource has a long-established college student apprentice program. Here’s how it works:
- Applications open in September for the following summer. Final choices are made early spring semester.
- New apprentices are slowly integrated into EduSource culture during spring semester.
- In early summer, apprentices start training. They spend several days in intense training, then are on-site for the rest of the summer, working full time.
- When school is in session, apprentices work part-time (remotely, if necessary).
- Apprentices can work for EduSource for up to three years during school, gaining valuable real-world experience and getting paid to learn.
- To get on the college apprentice mailing list, email [email protected], and we’ll make sure you know when applications open.
Occasionally, EduSource also works with those hoping to transition into a software engineering career or with high school students that want to jump-start their education.
- For more information, email [email protected]
“The best thing about EduSource was having the opportunity to experience the whole coding 9-to-5 thing, and getting real assignments. Just experiencing the whole programmer job. You usually can’t get that prior to graduating.” – 2018 Apprentice
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Why is it Better?
Most computer science internships involve a lot of software testing and not much of anything else. But we believe that the best way to learn is to be put in a real environment. To that end, we put apprentices on on software engineering teams, and have them dig right in. In the past, we’ve had students working on:
- A phone app that helps apprentices in other industries track required trainings and request assessments.
- An exhaustive web application that runs client care through billing and quoting for a medical company.
- A text-parsing tool that “reads” transcripts and pulls the data into an organized format.
“You kept us busy doing real work. There wasn’t a time when I wasn’t doing anything important. I felt needed. You treated us like employees. I didn’t feel like an intern.” – 2017 EduSource Apprentice
Taking the Apprentice Experience to Universities
EduSource is currently in the beta stage for an On-Campus Apprentice Earn-and-Learn Experience. The purpose? To help students find a strong community, gain valuable experience, and complete university-related data projects, while serving on teams that are guided by EduSource employees. Apprentices in this model can come from many different disciplines, including computer science, computer engineering, business, marketing, and mathematics. Read about the beta On-Campus Apprentice Experience here.