This FAQ is a work in progress - we'll keep adding new FAQs as they come in. If you have any questions about the program not answered here or over at the Student Ambassador web site, email us at msa at Microsoft.com.

Q: Is this a job? How much money do I get paid?
A: No and none. This is an award, very similar to Microsoft MVP, so there is no salary attached to it. It does however, come with tons of great benefits such as lots of complimentary software, training, books, and freebies to give away to your classmates, plus lots of other ways to win more awards, connect with other Student Ambassadors around the country, and more.

Q: So do I work for Microsoft as a Student Ambassador then?
A: No, this is an award and a membership program. You won’t be employed by any company as part of your involvement in this program.

Q: What is the role of the “sponsor” on the nominations form?
A: Someone needs to nominate you, who can vouch for how active on campus and in the developer community you really are. This sponsor needs to be either a faculty member, a current/previous Student Ambassador, or a Microsoft employee. In most cases they will be briefly contacted via phone or email by our management agency, to verify they are sponsoring your nomination.

Q: Is this open to graduate students?
A: Yes.

Q: What about students at 2-year community colleges?
A: Not at this time. We’re considering expanding the program down the road, but for this coming year it is limited to students at 4-year and graduate schools.

Q: Is this only for students at US schools?
A: This program is, however Microsoft runs similar programs around the world. We are in the process of putting together a Web site that links to all these programs. In the meantime, contact your local “academic developer evangelist” at your local office http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

Q: I’ll be a college freshman next year – can I apply?
A: Yes, although we do weight in favor of experience on the college campus when selecting a Student Ambassador.

Q: If I get the award, how long do all the benefits of it last?
A: The Student Ambassador award is valid for roughly the 2005-2006 academic year, September 1, 2005 through May 31, 2006.

Q: When do I find out if I made it?
A: We'll be announcing the 2005-2006 Microsoft Student Ambassadors on June 7, 2005. You'll then get some information on what you need to know about the program prior to school starting.

Q: What kinds of things does the award help me DO on campus?
A: We figure you’re already active on your campus – helping out with technical clubs and user groups, great projects, working with faculty – so we created the Student Ambassador benefits to help you do all that, just with some extra help on your side! So we load you up with Microsoft software and books that you can give away as door prizes, contest awards, or just because you want to. You will also get technical training on .NET and free certification testing to help you be the most knowledgeable student in the room, at all times. Plus, we toss in lots of ready to use presentations and demos on cool subjects, to help you help other students get up to speed. All in all, the award benefits should help you make even more of a positive impact on your campus, fellow students, and faculty. Plus some cool resume bragging rights, which can't hurt.