IEEE student members who want to sharpen their software development skills or pursue careers working with Microsoft technologies are in luck: A new agreement offers free access to 300 of Microsoft’s development software titles, free training on software, the ability to learn about job opportunities at major software companies, and more.
“IEEE’s collaboration with Microsoft furthers our mutual efforts to provide students and young professionals in technology fields with the resources and skills to prepare them for the future,” says Cecelia Jankowski, managing director of IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, the area at the IEEE Operations Center, in Piscataway, N.J., responsible for student services.
More than 300 Microsoft development software titles are available now, up from the 90 titles that students have been able to access for free since 2008. That’s more than US $6000 worth of software. Included are Vista Business Edition, Visual Studio Team System, Expression Web Designer, Project Professional 2007, and Visio 2007. Undergraduate and graduate students can download updates as long as they remain IEEE members.
Student members can get free training on Microsoft’s development software by visiting the company’s Students to Business Web site. There are links to internships and jobs at Microsoft and its partners. There’s also career advice posted on the site’s Career Resources section, as well as interviews with young Microsoft developers talking about their work and offering job interview tips. And there’s a student lounge where students can discuss career-related topics with Microsoft technologists.
In addition, IEEE is working with Microsoft to offer students access to a selection of the company’s e-learning courses, which cover the company’s various technologies.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is raising awareness of IEEE at some of the corporation’s events. The next one is Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2010 World Finals, taking place from 3 to 8 July in Warsaw. IEEE Fellows will participate as judges for a competition in which students vie to solve some of the world’s toughest problems by applying software, gaming, embedded sensors, and other technologies. Through such venues, as well as articles in Microsoft newsletters, it’s hoped that students learn more about IEEE and the benefits of membership.