Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador, SELECTED
Hello everyone, I am excited to share that today morning I received an acceptance email from Microsoft that I am accepted to the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program.
Basically in this blog, I would like to share my experience from applying for the program to get selected. If you're reading this blog then I hope you already know about this program but still let me explain.
What is Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program?
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 (science, technology, engineering, and math) class.
Eligibility for the program:
- 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.
Benefits to being an MLSA:
- Access to Microsoft 365, plus TechSmith Snagit and Camtasia screen capture and recording software
- Visual Studio Enterprise subscription and $150 monthly Azure credits
- Exam certification vouchers
- LinkedIn Learning
- Free Name.com domain name
- Event support
- Engagement with Cloud Advocates and Microsoft MVPs
- Student Ambassador Milestone badges to highlight program accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile
- Swags and many more.
Visit the website studentambassadors.microsoft.com and sign in to your Microsoft account.
Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button.
As soon as you click on apply, the below window appears showing different sections of the form. In the ‘Privacy and Terms’ section, agree to the Privacy Statement and click ‘Next’ in order to proceed with your application.
In the ‘Personal Info’ section, fill in the personal details like name, contact email, gender, phone number, and get it verified by means of a one-time password. Click ‘Next’ to proceed.
Similarly, fill the School info, i.e., your college details and the degree you are currently pursuing and click on ‘Next’.
Now, comes the main step. This section ‘Written sample’ is where you need to give your major efforts and consideration while filling the application. This is the most important section of the application as it will display your enthusiasm and passion as well as your communication and technical skills to the reviewers of the application. Fill it very carefully.
It contains 3 parts where you have to answer 3 questions, you can answer these questions either with a video or a written sample but at least one video must be provided (under 2 minutes) recorded with your phone or webcam so long as your voice can be clearly heard. You have to provide the URL to the video.
Inspire - What excites you about technology and why you want to help other students explore and learn?
Here I had submitted this video you can check it for your reference.
Teach - How would you take a technical concept and teach it to a friend or peer that has never heard of it?
Here also I submitted a video and explained Machine Learning in Layman's Term you can check it for your reference.
Promote - If you were hosting an event at your school, how would you get students to attend?
This is the last question which I submitted in a text format.
In this, you have to fill the Additional info, like LinkedIn Profile URL, technical blog post URL, etc. This section is optional, but I will recommend you to fill as many fields as possible.
Take your time to fill these details if you don't have all the links or profiles handy just made and then apply it will increase the chances of acceptance. Here they will ask you for your projects, technical blogs, any tutorial video, social media profiles, resume etc. Try to give as much as possible.
This is the last step for getting one step closer to your destination of becoming a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador. In this section of ‘Technical Skills’, you have to tell which technologies interest you. Besides this, you can also share anything else if something is left.
After filling the essential details, click on the ‘Submit’ button. you’re done. You can edit anytime till it gone for the review period. Take your time and fill it carefully.
Deadline For the Application
The application is open all the time, you can start filling your application form anytime, according to your convenience. New students are accepted into the program quarterly and the results are also announced on a quarterly basis.
Thanks for being with me till here. You don't need to think twice to apply for this program if you love to share your knowledge like me. Go ahead and Apply. If you have any doubt or wants to connect with me, you can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.
All the very best!!