- What happens during the apprenticeship?
The paid apprenticeship lasts 3 months. During the 3 months, you work
alongside designers and developers at thoughtbot on real projects, and are
assigned a Mentor who is your primary instructor. You also work on
special projects designed to give you additional time and training in the
areas you most need.
Each month, you move to another mentor and different team. This
rotation enhances the learning process by exposing you to new projects and
new people, but also by allowing you to reapply what you've learned in a
In the final month, if things have gone well, you are promoted to a
full designer or developer at thoughtbot. Or we'll connect you with other
great potential employers.
What's the relationship between thoughtbot and the apprentices? Are they
Apprentices are paid, W2, employees of thoughtbot. The current pay is
$500/week and includes health insurance and other benefits.
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 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?
- Is this an internship?
No, the goal of your apprenticeship is to learn and get to the level
where you will be promoted to full thoughtbot developer or designer.
Our apprenticeship is not a junior role. The majority of people who
join thoughtbot as an apprentice leave a job working as a developer or
designer to join us. Because it is such a high bar, even people who have
been working in the industry for many years may not make it through the
Read more about the
differences between Apprenticeship and Internship
- I am located outside of the United States, can I do
Unfortunately, due to U.S. visas that are available, and the
restrictions they have, Apprenticeship in our US locations is only
available to people who are already authorized to work in US (excluding
H-1B and J-1 visas). If you are not already authorized to work in the
US, we cannot accept you into the program in one of those locations.
Apprenticeship in Stockholm or London is only available to people who
are already authorized to work in the EU. If you are not already
authorized to work in the EU, we cannot accept you into the program in
one of these locations.