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Microsoft Student Partners is a great way for students to get involved in the world of technology and services during their studies. The Microsoft sponsored program gives students possibilities to get acquainted with Microsoft technology, services and also meet interesting people in their events. I talked to some students at the Microsoft stand in Assembly 2011 -event held in early August to get their insight into the way they see the program.

The key focus in the Microsoft Student Partners program is to create a better chances for employment for the people in the program. Also, it’s partially in place to help students and teachers better understand the possibilities of new technology. Off camera, I talked to the students they said they see their employment possibilities very good in comparison to their peers. The simple reason was that they get to work in a very close manner with Microsoft partner companies who obviously look to hire the brightest talent.

There are different roles available for those interested. Not everyone needs to have a technological background as the video explains. Those with interest in marketing and sales can also apply.

Currently there are 16 Student Partners in Finland. Usually a maximum of two students per school are accepted into the program, but again – if there are talented individuals, more will be accepted.

To apply to the program, you need to send a freeform application to either a local Microsoft Student Partner or Microsoft’s ADE (Academic Developer Evangelist) Jukka Wallaswaara. The applicants should be motivated to learn new technologies and help share these interests and experiences to others.

After graduation, student partners continue as alumni members, being the link with student partners and working life. Usually, student partners get hired into Microsoft’s partner companies quite easily so not only is it a great way to get involved with interesting technology, but it’s a great way to start your career path.

Hear it from the startups
This series of posts is sponsored by Microsoft and produced in co-operation with ArcticStartup to share experiences from startups in using Microsoft technology as well as in participating in the many different programs Microsoft has to offer.

How to get started on Azure
Head over here to get the tools and try them for free. You can also apply to Bizspark as the members get access to Windows Azure.

How to get started on WP7
Download the free tools. You can also use an emulator to develop on the WP7. Jukka Wallasvaara (Microsoft employee) also blogs about WP7 news in his blog.

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