SEO Tech Developer

Interested in coding and technology?

Level up your programming and interviewing skills to land an internship at a leading tech company or startup with the SEO Tech Developer, a new pilot initiative of  SEO Career

The SEO Tech Developer is an intensive, free immersion program designed to propel Black, Latinx, and Native American Computer Science and Engineering college students to the next level of technical and problem-solving skills. 

Oftentimes, there is a significant disconnect between the topics you learn in school and the skills you need to get hired at a tech company. The SEO Tech Developer will give you the training, curriculum, and mentoring necessary to compete for entry-level tech roles at tech companies and startups offering top-tier compensation and opportunities for growth.

Hear What Our Students Have to Say

“I loved my experience with SEO this summer. I have really gotten confident in my programming skills. I really feel like I belong in Computer Science and that I actually have a chance in the market of internships and work opportunities in the future.”

– Christian S., Loyola University Chicago

“I definitely learned a lot more than I do in my classes at school. Like for example, in the industry I will be working in teams and I got to learn about doing that here. I feel more confident in my coding as well.”

– Erica L., Old Dominion University

“Participating in the SEO Tech Developer this summer was one of the best programming learning experiences I have ever had! Before this program, I felt very inexperienced and as though I was so far from being able to program anything useful or interesting but SEO Tech Developer really increased my confidence!”

– Udochukwu N., Johns Hopkins University

  


Current or prospective sponsor? Join us in increasing the number of Black, Latinx, and Native American computer science majors in tech

 

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/

Want to land a top entry-level role like one of these? The SEO Tech Developer is here to help.

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

  1. 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!
  2. Interview: Qualified candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview. 
  3. Pre-Residency: Part-time individual and group pre-work to start in early June. 
  4. ResidencyVirtual 6-week training over the summer including a weekly stipend. 
  5. Interview Prep: Part-time training continues in early fall to secure internship opportunities for the following summer.
  6. 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.)

Application Coming Fall 2021

  • Please send all application inquiries to seotechdeveloper@seo-usa.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.

 

 

 

Our Sponsors

Expand your pipeline of Black, Latinx and Native American Computer Science interns

If you’re looking for trained and experienced interns in the areas of tech and computer science for your firm, SEO Tech Developer can help you place talented candidates. 

Underwriting Sponsor

Sponsorship Benefits 

  • Access to recruit motivated students who have completed our rigorous technical curriculum 
  • Opportunity to host partner showcases to share information about your internship programs and application processes 
  • Interview-ready candidates
  • First option to offer full-time placement upon graduation

Don’t miss your chance to sponsor next year’s cohort.