Mentors

Michigan State University selects highly motivated and diverse mentors with industry and/or academic experience to the Apple Developer Academy. Successful mentors need to be critical thinkers in a fast-paced, flexible environment and work with the mentor team to create new learning experiences for students in the Apple Developer Academy and associated Foundations Program. 

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Mentor FAQ

  • About the Apple Developer Academy with MSU

    What is the Apple Developer Academy with MSU?
    The Academy is a space where students learn about coding, design, and entrepreneurship within the Apple ecosystem from mentors with related academic background or industry experience.

    Where is the Academy?
    The Apple Developer Academy with MSU is located in Downtown Detroit.

    What happens in the Academy?
    Mentors guide student teams as they work on real-world challenges and develop apps to solve them. Fundamentals of coding in Swift, app design, and marketing are covered. Apple representatives and other industry partners also have the unique opportunity to interact with students in the program.

    When are classes?
    The Academy begins on October 4, 2021 and ends on August 2, 2022. It requires students to attend 20 hours a week Monday-Friday, either during mornings or afternoons based on preference and availability. Mentor positions are full-time, covering both the morning and afternoon cohorts of students.

  • About Being a Mentor
    What is the role of mentors?
    Successful mentor candidates need to be critical thinkers in a fast-paced, flexible environment, and work with the mentor team to create new learning experiences for students in the Apple Developer Academy and associated Foundations Program.

    Mentors are essential to Academy student success, they:
    • Provide mentorship to students
    • Review student deliverables and provide constructive feedback
    • Continuously develop their own skills and learn with/from colleagues
    • Share personal expertise with others
    • Participate in professional development, training, or collaboration engagements

    How do mentors work with each other and students?
    Mentor candidates must be open to learning and exploring new pedagogical models, and candidates are expected to learn alongside students. They are expected to work with an extended team to build a strong collection of high-quality inclusive teaching practices and materials, including creating technical solutions for in-house use by students in the Apple Developer Academy and Foundation program.

    How much does it pay?
    Each mentor position is unique, and remuneration is commensurate with experience. Check out the details in the position posting. All needed technology is provided to mentors in the program.

  • About Applying to be a Mentor
    Who can apply?
    Candidates with backgrounds in design, coding, and entrepreneurship skills related to app development are welcome to apply. Check the different position postings for additional details.

    How would you describe an Academy student?
    Each mentor at the Academy is unique. We are looking for passionate and creative individuals with a variety of backgrounds. Some might be coders, some might be designers, some might be entrepreneurs, and some are a bit of all these things and more. Academy mentors are problem-solvers who are not afraid of tackling the world’s toughest challenges, enjoy coaching independent thinkers, and are encouraging a diverse body of students.

    Why should I mentor with the Apple Developer Academy with MSU?
    To guide the new generation of individuals who will develop apps for the world’s most vibrant ecosystem, participate in career-building opportunities, meet renowned guest speakers, and network with professionals in the tech industry.

    What's in the application?
    The application asks you to submit your resume, and a cover letter containing a prompt about your mentoring philosophy.

    When should I apply?
    Position postings are open now. Apply today!

    What happens after I apply?
    We will send an email to selected candidates to participate in interviews in June 2021. Mentors will start training in August 2021.
  • About our Graduates
    What is expected of students to be able to graduate?
    We expect students to commit to the program, attend every day, and fully participate in the projects you and your team will undertake.

    What will students get out of this experience?
    Students will learn to develop apps for the world’s most vibrant ecosystem. In addition to receiving a certificate of completion, students will also participate in career-building opportunities, meet renowned guest speakers, and network with professionals in the tech industry. More importantly, students will build life-long connections with classmates and mentors.
More questions?
Contact us or email developeracademy@msu.edu for more information.

 

 


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The Gilbert Family Foundation, in partnership with Rocket Companies, proudly supports the Apple Developer Academy at Michigan State University in Detroit. GFF is committed to building access to opportunity and advancing equity for all members of the Detroit community by unlocking pathways to education and employment through intentional programming like the Academy.