Monday, March 12, 2012

JBJ + NY Tech = Summer Jobs

From Forbes Magazine:

The prospect of a career in technology can seem daunting to those who didn’t grow up taking apart mainframes or hacking together computer programs. A new White House initiative called SummerQAmp thinks it has an answer to ease the anxiety: quality assurance. If that felt a bit anticlimactic, allow me to explain.

Quality assurance (QA) is the task of thoroughly testing software before releasing it to the public. It requires no formal training, only a layman’s eye for catching bugs in web applications. By encouraging tech companies to create 1,000 QA summer internships, the program hopes to expose 18-24 year-olds to a promising career path before it’s too late. The initiative is led by former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra, GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci, Gilt Groupe VP of Quality Engineering Steve Haggard, Onswipe CEO Jason Baptiste, and yes, rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

As part of the White House’s Summer Jobs+ initiative to create 250,000 summer internships for young adults in 2012, the SummerQAmp effort will include online courses that introduce programming concepts to participants. Although restricted to those aged 18-24, there are no income or educational requirements to apply to the jobs created through the program. In addition to the founding team’s companies, eBay and Boxee have also committed to hosting interns.

Visit Forbes to read the whole article.

To find out more about this initiative, take a look at the video below:

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