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We’re looking for candidates who are lifetime learners with broad professional experience to join the Leap Program. We seek individuals who demonstrate passion, resilience, and determination. At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s what inspires us, drives our work, and pushes us to challenge the status quo every day.

Successful candidates will have graduated from a project/program management boot camp or from a coding academy. They will have at least 6 months of professional project management experience or professional software development experience.


  • Completion of relevant training, for example:Graduated from a coding academy or boot camp, plus six months of development projects or professional experience after graduation

  • Self-taught programmer demonstrating recent development projects or professional experience

  • Degree from a community college in computer science or related field

  • Degree from a college/university in computer science or related field with a previous career in tech, plus a 2+ year career break

  • Previous work experience in any field

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Effective communication and collaborative skills

  • Currently authorized to work in the United States for entire duration of Leap apprenticeship.

  • Immigration sponsorship will not be provided by the employer nor Microsoft

  • Not employed as a vendor or full time employee for Microsoft Corporation within the past six months


At Microsoft, we know there are many pathways into the technology industry and into our organization. We’re constantly looking for new ways to create unconventional entry points for talent and leverage the skills and experiences of talent from outside the traditional academic paths.

In 2015, we launched the Leap Program to introduce more people to work in the tech industry. The program offers an immersive 16-week apprenticeship for those who have a base foundation of technical training. This apprenticeship program combines in-classroom learning with hands-on engineering projects, working on real teams and real products within our organization such as Azure, Xbox, Bing, and Office365.

Leap participants are change catalysts and change multipliers: they bring a diverse set of personal experiences and cognitive abilities to their work as well as to their colleagues and communities at Microsoft. They play a vital role in advancing engineering processes, accelerating innovation and activating inclusion as a part of Microsoft culture.

Whether it’s a stay-at-home parent interested in re-entering the workforce or someone who is ready for a ‘second act,’ the stories from current and former participants are truly inspiring. Not only is Leap launching new cohorts across the country and the globe, but it’s also re-launching the lives of countless individuals looking to make an impact.

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