iHire Internship Program Aims to Break Down Barriers for Entry-Level Software Developers
Recruitment technology leader and techfrederick member company iHire has launched a new paid internship program aiming to break down career barriers for entry-level software developers. Designed for developers with no professional experience, the iHire Internship Program prepares participants with the technical skills and workplace proficiencies needed to take the next steps in their careers with confidence.
“There’s a wide gap between the skills of an entry-level software development job candidate and the skills required to obtain positions in today’s job market,” said Phil Dahlheimer, iHire’s Internship Program Manager. “The industry has set standards that can be unrealistic for many talented candidates. But if given a chance and a sustainable income, those candidates could be top-performing dev rockstars.”
Per six-month session, the iHire Internship Program accepts five interns who work four days a week at its Frederick, Maryland, headquarters. The only requirement for entry is passing a basic coding skills test, as the program embraces a diverse set of applicants including college students, people without degrees who can code, and career changers.
On the job, iHire interns assist in creating technologies for the company to use on its award-winning job search platform and backend systems while working closely with seasoned developers. At the same time, they practice communication, team collaboration, time management, documentation, office etiquette, and more professional skills to enhance their chances of future employment.
“iHire believes this type of program could make an impact beyond our own dev room,” Dahlheimer added. “We’d like to see it become the blueprint for similar programs in smaller cities that have a viable, supportive tech community and desire to seek out people in need of opportunity.”
After their six months at iHire, developers receive a post-internship package comprising a resume and LinkedIn profile written by iHire’s professional resume writers, one year of iHire Premium membership with a personal career advisor, and guidance in completing programming exercises they may encounter in job interviews.
iHire will begin recruiting interns for its program’s next session in October 2022. Stay tuned to iHire.com for details.
For an inside look at the iHire Internship Program and to hear from current interns, check out this video: https://youtu.be/t5ZL7IYvOD4
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