Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program

The Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program’s mission is to recruit, develop, and upskill
unconventional talent for employability into the technology industry worldwide.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program is following Microsoft company guidance to make decisions about events and in-person learning. All cohorts in the United States will be virtual until further notice. Cohorts outside of the United States will be virtual or in-person based on local state and country guidance. Please note that people who have roles that are essential will be onsite. Please follow us on our Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program LinkedIn page for any upcoming cohort updates.

Forging new paths to tech careers

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.

We value your experience. 

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.

Pathways toward your tech career

Applicants to Leap must select a pathway before applying. All participants in a cohort will be in the same pathway, which will impact the collection of classroom and project experience. The pathway you choose will largely influence your career —whether at Microsoft or elsewhere.

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Business Program

Business Program Managers (BPM) work across the business to align major components of many projects simultaneously by organizing people and processes, and analyzing data to drive business decisions. As part of the business function of different organizations within Microsoft, BPMs help strategize and orchestrate delivery and improvements of various programs and processes that impact business results. 

Cohort Locations:
Redmond, WA

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Customer Service

Customer Service Engineers work on a team to build custom solutions for our customers that solve their unique challenges. This requires learning how to extend or push products into new territory, create new ways of linking information and data, and learn how to solve problems.

Cohort Location:
Lagos, Nigeria

Data Analyst

Data Analyst

A data analyst is someone who draws meaningful information from data and data sources using data analysis tools. These results, which are pulled from the raw data, helps their employers or clients make relevant decisions to their businesses by identifying various insights, facts and trends.

Cohort Location:
Lagos, Nigeria

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Software Engineer

Software Engineers are all about implementation across the full stack of Microsoft’s products. Whether building the front-end of software, back-end APIs or testing coverage, a software engineering role is all about the code.

Cohort Locations:
Atlanta, Georgia
Lagos, Nigeria
Nairobi, Kenya
Redmond, WA
Reston, VA
Sunnyvale, CA

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Software Support Engineer

Software Support Engineers work as part of a team to help locate, isolate, and troubleshoot to find bugs, edge-cases, and workarounds. This requires learning how to connect to customers to help program managers and UX designers create and deliver solutions.

Cohort Location:
Lagos, Nigeria

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Technical Program Manager

Technical Program Managers (TPM) work as part of a development team to implement solutions on impactful projects. As part of an engineering team, TPMs apply software engineering and program management fundamentals to work across the full stack of Microsoft products and services.

Cohort Locations:
Redmond, WA

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User Experience Designer

User Experience (UX) Designers work as a part of a team with experienced designers to develop software and hardware products that are simple and intuitive. This requires learning a combination of research, prototyping, testing, and cross-discipline collaboration.

Cohort Locations:
Redmond, WA

Microsoft Leap Case Study

Read how Microsoft Leap is unlocking high-tech career opportunities for talent with non-traditional backgrounds. Also hear Melissa’s story—a single mom and former casino dealer who found success after completing her apprenticeship.

Upcoming Cohort Information

Currently, there are no open cohort application dates officially announced. Follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

Follow us on the Leap journey.

Follow the Leap program on social media. We post announcements of upcoming cohorts, application dates, and photos of our amazing participants.