SEO Tech Developer
Interested in coding and technology?
Level up your programming and interview skills to land a developer role at a leading tech company or startup with the SEO Tech Developer.
The SEO Tech Developer is an intensive, free immersion program designed to propel Black, Latinx, and Native American Computer Science and Engineering students to the next level of technical and problem-solving skills.
The SEO Tech Developer will give you the training, curriculum, skills, and mentoring necessary to compete for entry-level tech roles at top tech companies and startups.
Total Compensation Entry-Level Software Engineer
National Average vs Leading Tech Companies
Source: Zaheer, Z. (n.d.). Salaries & tools to level up your career. Retrieved February 09, 2021, from https://www.levels.fyi/
Why did we create the SEO Tech Developer program?
Racial/Ethnic Employment at Leading Tech Firms
Bui, Q., & Miller, C. (2016, February 25). Why tech degrees are not putting more blacks and Hispanics into tech jobs. Retrieved February 08, 2021, fromhttps://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/26/upshot/dont-blame-recruiting-pipeline-for-lack-of-diversity-in-tech.html
Who We Are Looking For
Students who identify as Black, Latinx, and Native American in the tech industry who have:
- At least basic programming skills in one or more languages
- Willingness to work hard to develop existing skills
- A desire to benefit from mentoring and guidance from tech industry professionals
- Eagerness to work on individual and team projects
SEO Tech Developer is here to help you develop your existing skills to compete for tech roles at leading companies and startups.
What You Get
You’ll build programming skills not typically emphasized in school such as preparing for whiteboard interviews, working in collaborative teams, and learning how developers think about putting projects together.
How It Works
- Apply: Candidates will be asked to complete their online application, a video profile introduction, and a skills profile. This is our way of getting to know you!
- Interview: Qualified candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview. Applicants will be notified by SEO via email on April 9, 2021 of their status.
- Pre-Residency: Part-time individual and group pre-work to start in early June. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend during the month of June.
- Residency: Virtual 6-week training over the summer including a $1,000 weekly stipend.
- Interview Prep: Part-time training continues in early fall to secure internship opportunities for the following summer 2022.
- Looking Forward: Program grads will be supported in applying for internships at partner firms and other leading tech companies with full-time offer potential.
Who Should Apply
- Students who identify as Black, Latinx, or Native American
- Students enrolled as a sophomore at an accredited, four-year US college or university OR students who will be transferring to an accredited, four-year university upon completion of their two-year degree
- Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics, Data Science, MIS, and other quantitative concentrations preferred. All majors considered
- Experience with one or more programming languages is required (Python, Java, C++, etc.)
- The Summer 2021 application is currently closed. Please send all application inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Skills Profile
The skills profile is designed to illustrate your current programming skills. It is not a graded test. We understand that computer science curriculum vary among schools and that foundational topics are taught to students at different times. Admittance to the program will not be solely determined by the results of the skills profile. In order for your application to be considered, your skills profile must be submitted.
The skills profile will take approximately one hour to complete. You may stop and save your progress as you go to complete it at a later time. Please try your best when answering each question. Do not feel discouraged by skipped or incomplete questions. This is designed for us to gain a better understanding of your computer science education to date.
The skills profile is divided into two sections.
- The first section is designed to capture your understanding of concepts typically covered during the first two years of a computer science curriculum.
- The second optional Challenge section has been developed by industry experts to capture your exposure and understanding of more advanced concepts. We do not expect you to have learned any or all topics in this section. We will use these results to better develop the curriculum based on the determined strengths and areas of growth of the selected class.
Skills profile summary: You will receive feedback following submission of section one and two. We encourage you to practice those identified areas of growth detailed in our feedback.