FAQs 2019 Fellows Application

FAQs 2019 Fellows Application

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 who plan on returning to school after their summer internship (Fall 2019)
  4. Students with experience coding
  5. 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 2019 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 2018. 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 2019. 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 years program are headquartered in San Francisco, Silicon Valley or New York City. 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 Code2040 Fellow, you’ll spend your summer in an intensive career accelerator for 10 weeks between June and August. 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 2019 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 your application as soon as it is completed. Finalists will be notified by email and through this portal on the status of their application.

What is the application timeline?

  1. October - December: Code2040 reviews applications on a rolling basis--please note that you cannot start your application after Wednesday, October 17th and you must submit it by Tuesday, November 13th
  2. October - April 2019: Company partners have access to all Code2040 finalists and can begin their own hiring process for summer employment

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?

Assessments are made up of two or three challenges (short coding challenges for you to solve). You can submit solutions to the challenges as many times as you like. This is done by hitting the green button that says “SUBMIT SOLUTION”. Your last submission is what will show up on your PDF report.

However, you can only submit the required and optional assessments 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.

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.

What languages can I complete these assessments in?

We have added many more languages this year so you can now take it in 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).

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