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Microsoft Student Partners Applications 07/08 Now Open

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As you probably know I have been a UK Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) for this Academic Year 2006/2007 at The University of Kent and well what can say, I absolutely love it. It’s everything I expected and a hell of a lot more!

So if you are a student passionate about technology, ready to share your knowledge and want to develop skills outside your field of study, then you’ll be happy to hear that Microsoft want to hear from you as applications for the Microsoft Student Partners Programme 07/08 are now open.

What is the MSP Programme?

The Microsoft Student Partner Programme recognises top young minds from around the UK who are passionate about technology. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all whilst having a ton of fun along the way.

The programme is our way of encouraging students who are interested in building a closer relationship with Microsoft, and those who are simply hooked on technology, to develop their skills further. This year’s programme will officially run from June 2007 to May 2007.

What is an MSP?

The Microsoft Student Partner programme consists of the brightest and most innovative student developers and technology enthusiasts from universities around the world.

The ‘ideal candidate’ for an MSP would be a passionate and enthusiast individual who wants to learn about new tools and technologies. You would need to have a whole range of skills including excellent time management, organisation and communication skills to ensure that you could host a successful campus launch event.

An MSP should be comfortable and confident presenting in front of large audiences of both students and faculty members. You may even be asked to present in front of your fellow MSPs at an event. General business and sales skills come in very handy in order to allow you to articulate your ideas effectively when presenting.

MSPs are sociable, friendly and approachable individuals who like to meet new people. You will require the ability work as a team as well as use your own initiative. In summary, MSPs are innovative and creative students who are extremely passionate about technology.

You will need to download and complete the MSP application form at the top of the page. You must send the complete form to ukmspnom@microsoft.com. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 May 2007. We will then review all the submitted applications and select the brightest and most innovative student developers and technology enthusiasts from universities across the UK and Ireland.

You can download the MSP application form and more information about the programme here.

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