FAQs 2020 Fellows Application

FAQs 2020 Fellows Application

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Program Overview

Who qualifies for the Code2040 Fellows Program?

Our program is designed for: (our qualifications)

  1. Currently enrolled students who attend a U.S. college or university
  2. Students who identify as Black and/or Latinx
  3. Students seeking internships in the summer of 2020 (and NOT full-time employment)
  4. Students who plan on returning to school after their summer internship (Fall 2020)
  5. Students with experience coding
  6. Students who are interested in advocating for racial equity in the tech industry

There is no age limit for the Fellows program as long as you meet the criteria above.

If that’s you, then we encourage you to apply for our 2020 Fellows Program.

How much prior coding knowledge is required for the Fellows Program?

We require students have some experience coding. Our Fellowship is designed for students who desire to gain experience and make an impact in the tech industry. As part of our application process we require applicants to provide a code sample as part of a technical screening assessment. Applicants who are unable to pass this stage will not be able to complete the application.

I will be graduating in May 2020. Can I still apply to be part of the Fellows Program?

Our Fellows Program is designed to offer support and resources to students who will be returning to school in the Fall of 2020. While graduating students would not be eligible for our Fellows Program, we offer other programs that would suit the emerging professional. Check out our website for information on our other programs.

I would love to apply, but I noticed it is only for people in schools in the United States. When will you be opening it to school outside of the United States?

We currently do not have plans to open the program to schools outside of the United States.

Are these paid internships, and is housing included for the summer?

All of our Fellows are paid competitive salaries (minimum of $1200 weekly) by their company. Housing is not usually included in the program but it depends on the company where the Fellows work.

Do I have to move to the San Francisco Bay Area for the Fellowship? Will Code2040 help me find housing?

The companies participating as partners in this year’s program are headquartered in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. You will need to live in the city of your employer. Our staff will provide students with resources and guidance to find housing. However sourcing and securing housing is the Fellows responsibility.

What should I expect?

As a Code 2040 Fellow, you'll spend your summer in an intensive career accelerator for 9 weeks beginning June 19th and ending August 16th. You’ll intern at a top-tech company and participate in a series of learning experiences designed to equip you with the tools and resources you need to navigate the tech industry and build an exciting career. You’ll engage in racial equity advocacy work in a much more intimate cohort. You’ll be equipped with knowledge on what’s happening in the industry, what systems need to change, and what your role is as a racial equity advocate. You’ll build community with other Black and/or Latinx technologists, receive support from mentors and managers, while redefining the future and face of tech and ensuring other technologists like you have the opportunity to succeed in the innovation economy.

What companies will be participating?

We’ll announce our 2020 Company Partners soon, so stay tuned. Please visit our website for a list of companies we have partnered with in the past to get an idea of the type of companies we partner with to do this work.

When will I know I’ve been selected as a finalist?

We’ll begin reviewing applications after all interviews are complete. Finalists will be notified by email August 15th.


The Code2040 Application

What is the application timeline?

  1. July 8th-August 8th: Applicants will participate in a 30-minute interview with a member of the Code2040 community.
  2. August 15th: Applicants will be notified if they were selected to be a Finalist.
  3. August 15-30th: We'll onboard finalists to the programs portal in preparation for hiring.
  4. Sept. 1st: Hiring begins
  5. April 1st: Hiring ends
  6. June 19th-20th: Welcome Weekend to launch the start of the 2020 Fellows Program.

What is the Qualified Assessment?

Qualified is an online testing platform that helps organizations assess engineers. Code2040 has partnered with Qualified to provide students with a valuable assessment process in multiple coding languages.

Can I use outside resources in order to complete the code sample?

So, here’s the thing. This assessment was created to help YOU be successful in YOUR internship. It is open book, but not open-person, and we trust that you’ll answer the questions yourself.

How many times can I submit this assessment?

In order to really understand the answer to this question, it is important to know the distinction between challenges and assessments in Qualified. One assessment is made up of many challenges.

An assessment can only be submitted once. This is done by hitting the green button that says “SUBMIT MY ASSESSMENT”. Once you submit your assessment you will be unable to edit, make corrections or retake the assessment.

Challenges, on the other hand, are short coding problems and each assessment has a few challenges for you to solve. You can submit solutions to challenges as many times as you like. This is done by hitting the green button that says “SUBMIT SOLUTION”. Each time you do so, test cases will be run to let you know if you have successfully completed the challenge. Your last submission is what will show up on your PDF report that is shared with partner companies.

How many assessments are there?

There is one required assessment with two challenges that you will need to complete in order to move onto the next step. There are also three optional assessments that you can complete if you’d like to show off some additional skills.

How long approximately should it take for me to complete the required assessment?

On average, it should take you 20 minutes to 2 hours to complete the required assessment. Please keep in mind, these are simply guidelines -- there is no time limit to the code sample.

Which languages can I complete these assessments in?

You can take the assessment in many languages including JavaScript, Ruby, Java, Python, Swift, Objective-C, C-Sharp, C++, C, and more.

What is a practice assessment and should I take it?

A practice assessment is an optional challenge you can complete before taking the required assessment to help familiarize yourself with the Qualified platform and set-up all of your preferences before you actually begin. It’s a great way to practice and get a sense of what will be asked of you. We recommend taking the practice assessment to help you prepare. We have included a link to the practice assessment on the code sample tab of the Fellows application.

Why is there a timer on the platform and will I need to complete the challenges in a particular time frame?

Yes, Qualified is built with a timer in place and you’ll notice time is also included in the final PDF report. These are elements that come with the Qualified platform, and we wish we could eliminate them! For this application, there is no time limit to the challenges. When Code2040 and companies are reviewing your assessment, time will not be a determining factor in your application. We encourage you to take as long as you need to complete the assessment(s).

What exactly can companies see?

Companies will see a PDF report of your assessment results. You can view a sample report on the code sample tab of the Fellows application so you can see exactly what companies will have access to.

Will companies have access to a playback of my work?

No, companies will only see the PDF report of your assessment(s).


Finalists: Logistics & Timelines

How long will companies be hiring?

Companies can hire interns through April 1st.

For the optional assessment, I did bad on one but then did amazing on the others. Should I keep the bad one there so that the companies can see progress?

You can specify which optional assessments companies see by changing the true/false designation for each optional assessment on your resume.

Can we upload our own formatted resume somewhere if we think it might interest companies?

No, unfortunately you can’t.

How do we access our resume to update it?

You can access it through the portal the same way you did when you created it.


Interacting With Companies

How can I learn more about the hiring process?

A great place to start is this webinar we recorded on the company hiring process. Click on the link, enter your name and email, and you can immediately begin watching the recording.

Can I accept an offer from a non-partner company and still be a Code2040 Fellow?

No, You MUST accept an offer from a current 2020 Code2040 Partner to participate as a Fellow in the program this summer. You can find a list of our 2020 Partner Companies here.

Are there more companies still being added to the hiring list?

All participating companies are finalized and added to the Portal as of October 1st.

How can I raise my profile and get visibility from companies?

  1. Take the optional assessments (and make them visible to companies by adjusting the “true/false” designation on your resume).
  2. Update and refresh your resume so that companies see the most current skills and achievements from you (*please note that if a company has already downloaded your resume, they may not receive resume updates. It’s important to highlight them and send companies your most recent resume when they reach out to you).
  3. Stay engaged in the process… hiring takes place through April 1st. Check your email often and respond to emails that you receive promptly.
  4. Send an INTRO message to companies that you’re really excited about. We’ve told companies to prioritize to reaching out to students who are a match who’ve reached out because it means there’s a mutual interest and higher chance of it being a good match. You don’t have a lot of space so make sure that you highlight why you’re excited about the company rather than more about yourself. They already have a copy of your resume!

If we started/completed the interview process with a Code2040 partner before we became a Code2040 finalist, how do we transfer that over?

You’ll need to notify the partner company that you are a Code2040 finalist ASAP. It’s extremely important that you disclose this information to us as well as the company you are in communication with.

How do we apply to the companies in the hiring page?

There’s no specific way to apply to companies. When a company reaches out they will usually include details of their application process which you should follow to be considered. In the past, we have had students apply directly to the company as well as communicate through the Code2040 process, which is okay but make sure that you flag that you’re a Code2040 Finalist ASAP so that they know in the hiring process.

Is there a good waiting period to have with companies once we receive an offer? For example, if we get an offer, what's a good amount of time to say "Please give me X amount of time to consider this offer against my other options"?

It varies depending on the company, but generally it should not be more than one week. If there are extenuating circumstances you can ask for two weeks, but more than two weeks is frowned upon.

Do we need to negotiate salary for the internships?

No, but you can if you like.

What can I expect in terms of salary?

All companies have agreed to pay students a minimum of $1200 a week. We collected data from our 2017 Fellows class and Finalists who accepted positions outside of our company partners and the average monthly salary was $5,563.00

How soon after receiving an offer should I consider accepting it?

If you are satisfied with the terms of the offer, we recommend accepting it within 2-3 days. If you need more time, you should communicate directly with the company with a reasonable time frame. We do not recommend exceeding a week.

Do companies need to give rejections or respond to people they've interviewed?

There is no rule enforced by Code2040 about this. But it’s something that we push as an expectation of a good hiring process. In addition, I can commit to reminding companies to do this during my hiring check-ins.

Will companies be reaching out over Christmas break or will they wait until January as well?

Partner companies will still be hiring through the Holiday break and are not impacted by Code2040’s Holiday closure.

So should we be monitoring the portal daily for communication from companies?

No, companies will not be contacting you through the portal. You should be monitoring your email regularly for company communication.

Would you recommend still applying during the holiday season?

Absolutely, also continue to check and monitor your email. Although Code2040’s office is closing from December 22 - January 6 companies will definitely still be reaching out.

What is the interview process like and how does Code2040 prepare us for it?

It varies by company, so there’s no clear answer here. We’ll be hosting a webinar on Behavioral and Technical Interviews next month, so stay tuned!


The Fellows Program

How does it work for someone outside of the San Francisco Bay Area applying to a company in SF?

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, if hired they will need to relocate to the SF Bay Area for the summer to complete their internship and Code2040's Fellow Program.

How many times a week is Code2040 programming?

We won’t have weekly programming for Fellows through the program. A calendar of events will be provided for you as we get closer to the start of the program.

What are the dates of the Code2040 program?

The program runs from June 19th to August 16th.

Does Code2040 provide any resources for finding housing in San Francisco?

Yes, we will provide Fellows resources to assist in the relocation process. (We're going to be doing a webinar on this as a part of our series. :) Also, companies sometimes have resources so don't be afraid to ask!) All Fellows also have access to no-interest loans that they can take out to cover relocation expenses. We’ll send out more information about this as the Summer gets closer.

Which weekend is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend is June 19th and 20 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Did we miss something? Email us! Student@code2040.org