We are now hiring the Academic Developer Evangelist for 2007. This is an unique role where the intern will travel the country visiting every tertiary instition and talk in front of both students and academic staff about Microsoft developer tools and platform. The intern will become Microsoft's representative to studdents on campus with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of student developers and improve the perception of Microsoft in this space. 

This is a 12 months fixed full-time contract working for Microsoft NZ in Auckland. The role requires the graduate student to have sufficient programming skills with a background in either Computer Science, Software Engineering or Information Systems. We are looking for a team player who is passionate about technology and enjoys talking to others about it.

Below is the full job description. Application for this position will close on November 1st.  

Internship Program: Academic Developer Evangelist Intern

Role Description Summary – Full Time Position / 12 Months Contract


Do you love technology and convincing others that technology can change the way they solve problems?  If so this one of a kind role could be perfect for you.  Each year Microsoft New Zealand selects 1 Intern to join the Developer and Platform Strategy team.  This team’s goal is to work with customers to help them build systems on top of Microsoft’s most cutting edge technology.


A core member of this team is the Academic Developer Evangelist Intern, who is Microsoft’s representative to students on campus.  The objective is to win the hearts and minds of student developers, we want to improve the perception of Microsoft in the student landscape and increase usage of Microsoft’s development and platform technologies within tertiary institutions.


The ideal candidate will be a computer science/software engineering/information system graduate with a strong passion for technology and the ability to present and communicate clearly to a group of individuals.  The successful candidate will need to work with multiple members of the Developer and Platform Strategy team and also within the broader Microsoft business.


The successful applicant will not be developing products for Microsoft but instead will be focused on helping students understanding the use of our most developer tools (i.e. Visual Studio 2005) and the associated developer platform. They will need to have a hunger to learn about new Microsoft developer technologies and how they can be applied to scenarios and be able to confidently present and demo the developer tools and related scenarios in front of student audiences.


This Internship provides the successful candidate with the opportunity to build a significant set of skills in relation to Microsoft technology, establish themselves as a confident and accomplished presenter of technology and gain an understanding of how and organisation like Microsoft operates. After one year of working you will have:

  • Observed many best practices from one of the world’s leading corporations
  • Developed skills in relation to technology, marketing, event management and presentation
  • Have an insight into the roadmap and future direction of Microsoft and technology organisations in general
  • Have driven specific projects to completion and have measures of success
  • Be certified in Microsoft development technology


Responsibilities of this role will include, but are not limited to:



Approximate Share of Role

Technology Evangelism

·         Redelivery of existing demos and presentations on developer tools and technologies to student audiences.

·         Development of presentations/training content relating to developer tools and the Microsoft development platform.

·         Preparing for sessions to be delivered to students.



Program Management

·         Recruitment, mentoring and support of Microsoft Student Partners (on campus students who assist in delivering our technology story to students).

·         Promote and mentor teams that have entered in the Imagine Cup Competition (a global technology competition for students)

·         Reporting on progress on other activities



Issue Management and Other Projects

·         Help system administrators within academic institutions realise the benefits of their Microsoft software through assisting them in the deployment of software into labs, on staff machines and to students.

·         Assist in the execution other activities within the team



Skills & Competencies:


·           Passion for technology and Microsoft tools: Use your outgoing personality and enthusiasm to excite students on campus and drive adoption of our tools and technology.

·           Adaptive to New technology: Must be ready to quickly adopt new developer tools and gain good understanding of new products so that they can be presented to others to increase the general awareness of them.

·           Work to deadline: Ability to work to stakeholder deadlines and inform stakeholders of progress against those deadlines.

·           Excellent communication skills: The role will involve communicating with a broad range of stakeholders in 1:2:1 scenarios and in group scenarios. This includes a requirement to posses excellent communication skills.

·           Be proactive: Ability to suggest new ideas and approaches and identify opportunities to maximise Microsoft’s presence on campus.



Likely Background:


A suitable candidate would come from either of the following disciplines:

·         Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Computer & Electrical Engineering



Requirements for Application:


The successful candidate must have NZ Citizenship or NZ Permanent Residency and must be able to start on Monday 8th January 2007. Please note that this role will be based in the Microsoft Auckland office and is a fixed 12 month internship with Microsoft.





This role has very competitive remuneration.



Application Process:


To apply for this role, email your CV to the group administrator: Kris MacPherson - i-krism@microsoft.com.   

Interviews will start in November and the successful application will be informed by the end of December 2006.