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Internship Experience

Each of our company partners participates in the Ada program because they truly believe in our mission. During the classroom experience, students have multiple opportunities to meet our company partners. Company presentations allow students to meet current employees and learn more about its culture and potential teams/projects.

Internships

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Two students speaking to each other in an Ada classroom

The internship experience is an essential portion of the hands-on learning at Ada and 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 six teams from our partner companies. Students will be placed with one of these six teams for their internship. In determining placements, the following are taken into account: company interview feedback and student preference.

During the five-month 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 company, while there is a 92% job placement rate after internship. 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

An instructor guides students during class.
An instructor guides students during class

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:

  • Algorithms
  • Binary Search Trees
  • Graphs 
  • Hashtables
  • Linked Lists
  • Stacks and Queues
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A student points at the board as they talk to their classmate

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 
  • Social justice in tech
  • Navigating performance reviews and goal-setting
  • Resume and LinkedIn development
  • Interview preparation
  • Mock interviews and technical whiteboarding
  • Job search strategy
  • Salary negotiation 

Employment Support

Students who complete the classroom and internship portions of the program are considered Ada graduates and are eligible for post-graduate employment support. Support can include:

  • Company introductions
  • Mock interview support 
  • Access to full-time interview loops with partner companies
  • 1:1 career coaching with Ada staff
  • Support with resumes, LinkedIn, job search strategy, networking, interview preparation, job offer assessment, and salary negotiation
  • Access to job opportunity newsletter post-graduation
  • Lovelace Learning Labs for continued professional development
Address
Ada Developers Academy
315 5th Ave S, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
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