Advance to the next level provides designers and developers with a top-notch apprenticeship and a position at one of the leading product firms in the world.

Featured Alumni

Lydia Damon, Designer

Before her thoughtbot apprenticeship, Lydia was a Senior Visual Designer at the global digital marketing agency, Isobar. She also studied Art History at Trinity College. She then realized that coding is fun and she wanted to implement her own designs.

Upon completing her apprenticeship, Lydia joined thoughtbot in Boston as a full product designer, where she remains today.

Jessie Young, Developer

Before her apprenticeship Jessie graduated from Dev Bootcamp and RailsBridge. Before moving into web development, Jessie was doing marketing for start-ups. She double majored in Philosophy and Government at Colby College.

Upon completing her apprenticeship, Jessie joined thoughtbot in San Francisco as a full developer, where she remains today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the apprenticeship?
Apprentices will work alongside designers and developers at thoughtbot on real projects, and will be assigned a Mentor who is their primary instructor. Apprentices can take any of the thoughtbot workshops at no charge. They will also work on special projects designed to give them additional time and training in the areas they most need.
What's the relationship between thoughtbot and the apprentices? Are they paid employees?
The apprentices will be paid, W2, employees of thoughtbot during their apprenticeship. The current pay is $500/week.
How long does the apprenticeship last?
The apprenticeship lasts for three months. In the final month, you may receive an offer for a position as a full designer or developer at thoughtbot, or we'll connect you with other great potential employers.
Are there specific time periods apprentices are accepted? When is the application deadline? When does the next class start?
We take applications continually and accept people on a rolling basis, in short, there are no deadlines and there are not batches of apprentices.
What is the time commitment?
Apprentices will work 40 hours per week, at the thoughtbot office. Part-time apprenticeships are not available. If you will be relocating for your apprenticeship, we can provide non-financial assistance with travel and lodging arrangements. We can provide financial relocation assistance once your apprenticeship is completed and you join thoughtbot as a full designer or developer.
What technologies will the apprentices work with?
Apprentices will learn and work with Ruby on Rails, jQuery, Backbone.js, HTML5, SCSS, git, Unix, and agile software development.
What do you look for in applicants?

A qualified design apprentice will have experience with graphical design for the web or iOS as well as HTML and CSS. The well-qualified developer candidate will be at an intermediate level with Ruby on Rails.

We look for candidates who have a proven passion for design and development and who have demonstrated the ability to learn quickly. Candidates should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

This paid apprenticeship is ideal for intermediate developers and designers looking to advance to the next level, and experienced candidates making a technology or career change.

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