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Seeking talented IT students to build IT capacity for non-profits
By: Sylvie Laffarge, Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship
26 November 2010

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For many years at Microsoft, we have been deeply committed as a company to ensuring that the magic of software is accessible also to the non-profit community worldwide. Nonprofit organizations generally strive to serve communities and fill gaps in tough economic times, where resources are increasingly tight.

The transformational power of technology for such organizations is profoundly impressive and this I have witnessed first-hand again and again. Last fiscal year our company donated over $80m (EUR 59m) in software and cash to 6,600 non-profits in Europe.

Access alone however, is not always enough. IT services, support and know-how are a fundamental part of unleashing the power of technology in such organizations. This is why we want to go further and are piloting an initiative to engage the IT student community in Europe for IT capacity building in non-profits and charitable organizations with whom we work or support.

In partnership with AIESEC International, the world's largest student-run organization, the Microsoft Community Affairs Unlimited Potential programme is very excited to introduce the “Tech Talent 4 Good” internship programme. Through a competitive selection process, we are offering 10 internships to European IT students or recent graduates for a two month period (July-August 2011) with 10 non-profit, charitable organizations around Europe.

We are looking to engage the energy and passion of ‘IT detectives’ fresh out of college through a unique opportunity to do something good. This is the chance for students to apply their technology skills and creativity working in a non-profit environment and above all to learn about the critical role of technology in optimising day to day operations to serve the most vulnerable in society.

Find out more about the application process that will test personal and IT skills at this link. Candidates will also be asked to consider reality based scenarios for non-profit organizations and provide your recommendations. This internship program is open to IT students or recent IT graduates in Europe during this initial pilot year.

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