Applicant FAQ

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about LEAP. If you have more questions about the program, please contact the LEAP Team

About LEAP

Yes, LEAP is a remunerated program that offers a fixed contract with competitive compensation during the apprenticeship. No overtime is paid but there is an expectation that you will dedicate additional hours to your studies.

Although the program is sponsored by Microsoft the participants are NOT Microsoft employees. In order to participate in this program, candidates must sign-up as vendors with the chosen contracting company.

Unfortunately, we do not offer a relocation package. You must consider these expenses before accepting the offer to participate in the program. However, if offered full-time employment at Microsoft a relocation package may be available.

Health insurance is now provided through the contracting company.

Yes. LEAP is a 16-week immersive program. Participants are discouraged from participating in additional professional commitments while in the program.

On average, about 60% of LEAP apprentices find a job at Microsoft after their apprenticeship. 95% of our LEAP alumni are employed in the tech industry.

No. Currently the focus of this program is to develop software engineers and technical program managers for the core engineering groups.

The cohorts are generally about 80% female / 20% male.

What to Expect

LEAP does NOT provide accommodations or match LEAPers with roommates. However, informal recommendations and connections among LEAPers are available.

Microsoft provides free prepaid ORCA cards that allow unlimited rides for public transportation (buses, light rail and commuter trains). LEAPers can also take complimentary Microsoft shuttles around campus.

There are various dining options conveniently located throughout the Redmond campus. Meals are reasonably priced. Beverages are complimentary. There are also refrigerators and microwaves available for those who choose to bring their lunch.

Yes. There are parking garages throughout campus.

Bike racks, showers and lockers are available in the parking garages for those who choose to bike to work.

The LEAP program has sponsorship from all the engineering business divisions across the company. Each cohort the sponsors change. In the past, we teams such as: Skype, XBOX, Bing, O365 have sponsored candidates. However, there are many other engineering teams whose acronym may not be familiar to you but whose mission is critical to Microsoft success.

Discounted Microsoft software/hardware is a benefit only available to full-time Microsoft employee.

How to Prepare

Pre-work is assigned to those accepted into the program. Assignments may vary depending on the cohort and sponsoring teams. Any pre-work will be sent via email.

We will supply a laptop for your use while in the program. You will need to return the work laptop at the end of the cohort.

No, Microsoft does not pay a finder’s fee to any college/university/coding academy from which we recruit.

No, LEAP recruits talent from non-traditional venues, such as coding academies, as well from accredited colleges and universities. We are particularly interested in recruiting women and underrepresented minorities, but we encourage anyone to apply.

We are currently developing those guidelines which will allow partners to display the Microsoft LEAP logo on your website as well as other marketing publications.