Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors FAQ
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The Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program is a global group of on-campus ambassadors who are eager to help students and their communities, lead in their local tech circles, and develop technical and career skills for the future. As a Student Ambassador, you might find yourself organizing a campus or community hackathon, mentoring other students, or volunteering with an elementary school STEM class.
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We’re excited to share on July 1, the current Microsoft Student Partner program will evolve to become the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program. All active members of the program will be invited to become Student Ambassadors and the first cohort will be announced in early July.
To apply, you must be at least 16 years old, have valid identification and be actively enrolled in an accredited, higher education academic institution.
We encourage students from all academic backgrounds who want to grow their career and tech skills while making a difference in their communities to apply. Some experience in coding or technology is helpful, but we have tools and resources to help you learn in the program.
U.S. F-1 students should check with the Designated School Official at the International Student office of their school (or their own personal immigration legal counsel) to see if participation in this Program would constitute a violation of their F-1 status. A violation may not only impact a student’s ability to continue with their F-1 studies, but may also affect his or her eligibility for future U.S. immigration-related benefits.
Students in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and the Region of Crimea are not eligible for the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program. U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to these countries/regions and therefore students of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
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It means you’ll be supported while you build your local community, make a difference, lead others, learn and share. You’ll get access to Microsoft resources and experts to help you on your journey, including exclusive entry into our global student network. You’ll connect with Microsoft experts on Microsoft Teams, get a Microsoft Office 365 subscription and Azure credits, plus other cool things like access to TechSmith Snagit and Camtasia.
As it turns out, earning these benefits involves doing some pretty fun things. We have four milestones for our Student Ambassadors:
- Alpha 1 - Jump on board and get active in the Teams community.
- Alpha 2 - Complete a Microsoft Learn path and unlock Azure credits with Visual Studio Enterprise subscription benefits.
- Beta - Host an event in your community to unlock event support and resource benefits. This effort could include an invitation to join our annual Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors Summit.
- Gold - Get invited to the Gold milestone when you’ve gone above and beyond in earning your badges and serving your local community. You’ll become a Student Ambassadors Regional Leader, gain access to special events, and may be invited to become a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
We believe in preparing students for future careers and service to the greater good through opportunities to learn, lead, and share. We offer resources to support your efforts. Core to the program is the opportunity for students to build tech skills on their own through tutorials and guided paths in Microsoft Learn. We offer additional benefits for personal use, campus engagement, and career readiness, all of which can be unlocked by achieving key milestones.
These benefits include but aren’t limited to:
- Access to Office 365, plus Snagit and Camtasia screen capture and recording software.
- Visual Studio Enterprise subscription and $150 monthly Azure credits.
- Event support.
- Engagement with Cloud Advocates and Microsoft MVPs.
- Student Ambassador Milestone badges to highlight program accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile.
The program will give you back as much as you want to invest in it, and time commitment is flexible around your other responsibilities. The more time you invest in learning, leading, hosting workshops, and such, the more likely you are to achieve additional milestones and access new benefits.
All Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors have access to our global student network and Microsoft experts on Microsoft Teams, where the community posts updates on workshops and events they’ve hosted, tech skills they’re learning, opportunities to connect, and more.
In addition, you could consider what technology skills your community or peers would find most helpful to learn. There’s also ready-to-go content from Major League Hacking and Cloud Advocates that Student Ambassadors can download and use as a workshop in a box with all the materials needed to get started.
For more ideas, get some inspiration from a Student Ambassador in the community.
The Student Ambassadors program prepares students for future careers through opportunities to build vibrant communities and share the latest in tech with their peers. Through exclusive access to Microsoft resources, such as Microsoft Learn, Visual Studio Code, and Azure credits, Student Ambassadors are equipped to build their technology skillset through hands-on learning.
In addition, you have the opportunity to develop your leadership and entrepreneurship skills through hosting events on your campus, networking with other students and Microsoft professionals, and building interdisciplinary skills, such as public speaking, and social media and personal branding.
Yes! If you have a unique technology solution that you’d like to enter for the Imagine Cup, all Microsoft Student Ambassadors are welcome to register. Think about projects you’ve worked on at previous hackathons or workshops and bring them to the competition. Dream up something that boosts a segment of the population that especially needs it. You can also apply your tech knowledge and leadership skills to mentoring an existing Imagine Cup team in bringing their idea to life. Learn more about the competition.
You can fill out the program application online, where you’ll also learn about the deadline date. New students are accepted into the program quarterly. Included in the application are sections for a written sample, technology skills, and a short video introduction so we can get to know you and why you’re passionate about becoming a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador.