Microsoft Student Partners
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The Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors (formerly called Microsoft Student Partners) is a program to sponsor students majoring in disciplines related to technology. The MSP (now MLSA) program enhances students' employability by offering training in skills not usually taught in academia, including knowledge of Microsoft technologies.
The program is available in most countries, and all students in college and university level are eligible to apply. If accepted, Student Partners are assumed to further share the knowledge among the academic community by, for example, arranging courses, giving presentations, and initiating projects.
The MSP (now MLSA) program was initiated in 2001 and operated in fifteen countries for five years. In late 2006, the program was expanded to fifty countries worldwide, and as of July 2010, there are more than 2800 members worldwide across 101 countries and regions.
On July 20th, 2020, the program rebranded as the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador program.
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The MLSA program is an educational and promotional program to sponsor undergraduate and postgraduate students majoring in disciplines related to technology, typically computer science, computer information systems, and information technology. MLSA program aims to enhance students' employability and increase students' awareness of Microsoft technologies. Student Partners are offered training especially in product-specific skills not typically taught in academia.
The program aims to increase awareness of Microsoft products, programs and initiatives. Consequently, the program helps expanding the user base of Microsoft products, and results in better availability of properly educated workforce in those technologies.
The MLSA program is active around the world to college and university level students[note 1]. Microsoft chooses few skilled students from each institution at a time to serve as representatives. Typically, a Microsoft Student Partner is science major from engineering or business school of higher education.
Microsoft offers compensation to the members of the Student Ambassadors program through software and hardware packages which are distributed to them for testing and promotional purposes. Student Ambassadors are given access to Visual Studio Enterprise Subscriptions and Azure free credits to support their development and promotional activities. At times, Student Ambassadors are invited to technology-related conferences.
The candidate students are evaluated on the following attributes:
- Technical expertise
- A strong understanding of the overall set of Microsoft Visual languages and the .NET Framework is preferred, along with specific demonstrable skills in one or more languages or technologies. Students skilled in multiple platforms, languages, and technologies are especially encouraged to join the program.
- Be a campus leader
- Nominees should be actively involved in student technical clubs, societies, and organizations, preferably in leadership roles.
- Be an active part of the online community
- Nominees should be actively involved in online communities, academic or professional. Examples include blogs, newsgroups, forums, online clubs, and related.
- Embrace new technology
- Nominees should seek out new technologies, explore them, and share that experience and knowledge gained with fellow students and faculty.
- Work well with faculty
- Nominees should be well regarded by faculty within their department and across campus.
- Keep an outgoing personality and mature attitude
- Nominees should have an outgoing personality in public situations. They should also have a positive, mature attitude towards responding to criticism and engaging in debate.
Student Ambassadors are given access to the latest Microsoft software, development tools, reference material, industry events, and training opportunities. MLSA's are assumed to further share the knowledge among the academic community by arranging courses; giving presentations and lectures; and initiating projects among the students. MLSA's are also used to promote incentives, for example, the Microsoft Imagine Cup;[note 2] and programs, such as the Ultimate Steal and its affiliate program. Some Student Partners (based on a selection criteria) are provided internships and job opportunities at a few Microsoft Divisions through the program.
Local MLSA activities include, for example, attending the Student Technology Day in UK, which included high-profile presentations, such as one by the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella; and TechDays, for instance in France, and in Canada. In New Zealand, the MLSA developed a programmed called the Microsoft Student Accelerator (MSA), which aims to not only train the students throughout the year but also place the students in various internship programmes over the summer.
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- Imagine Cup
- MSDN Academic Alliance
- Microsoft Certified Professional
- Microsoft Developer Network
- Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
- Microsoft Research
- Attending at high school level, or earlier, may also be possible, depending on the individual. Parth Bhalla, a young entrepreneur in the year 2019-2020 got accepted into MSP at the age of 17. Some of the Youngest MSP are Praneet Sah and Babar Iqbal, both being 13 years old. The youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, M. Lavinashree, is 9 years old.
- Student Partners may also actively compete in Imagine Cup; they are not directly affiliated to the organizers of the incentive.
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