The internship experience is an essential portion of the hands-on learning at Ada. The internship completes a student’s formal training and is a requirement to graduate from the program. Students will participate in an interview week during the latter part of the classroom portion, where they will interview with multiple teams across partner companies. Students will be assigned to one of the teams they interviewed with for their five-month internship experience. In determining internship assignments, the following are taken into account: a student’s mentorship needs and their time zones.
During their internship experience, students work on engineering teams to complete their training to become hireable junior software developers. Interns are assigned a manager to guide their internship and a mentor to provide additional support. By the end of the internship, an average of 74% of interns receives full-time offers from their internship company, with an overall 92% job placement rate of Ada graduates. All students receive a stipend for living expenses during the internship portion of the program.
Seattle, Digital, and Atlanta internships are available.
Thursdays At Ada
Interns work at their placement company 35 hours per week. They spend an additional five hours a week at Ada for Thursdays At Ada. During these sessions, interns dive deeper into computer science fundamentals and participate in professional development around essential career skills, including communicating with their team, resume writing, interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more.
Interns learn the following concepts in computer science fundamentals:
- Binary Search Trees
- Linked Lists
- Stacks and Queues
Career development covers the following topics:
- Alum reflections on internships and working in the tech sector
- Self-care and work-life balance
- Hiring manager perspectives
- Resume and LinkedIn development
- Interview preparation
- Mock interviews and technical white boarding
- Job search strategy
- Salary negotiation
Job Search Support
Students who complete the classroom and internship portions of the program are considered Ada graduates and are eligible for post-graduate job search support. Support can include:
- 1:1 career coaching with Ada’s Career Service Managers
- Mock interview support
- Access to full-time interview loops with partner companies
- Support with resumes, LinkedIn, job search strategy, networking, job offer assessment, and salary negotiation
- Access to Lovelace Learning Labs for continued professional development