Software Development


    Applications are now closed for our Winter 2020 Crafter Apprentice Cohort. Please check back later for updates on the June 2020 Cohort or fill out the form below to be notified when we resume accepting applications for this position.

About this position

Take the next step to prepare for a career in software development.

Are you interested in becoming a junior developer? Do you have familiarity with at least one programming language, but lack experience working in a professional software environment? Are you looking for internship experience to prepare for a job in the software industry? Then talk to us!

After 13 years of training and mentoring software professionals to design and develop more robust software solutions, 8th Light created an Internship Program designed specifically for people looking for their first jobs as software developers.

While you might be proficient in one language and have familiarity with a few different tools and technologies, our internship fills in the gaps and offers hands-on practice to prepare you to deliver quality software in professional work environments.

This is a three-month, unpaid program. Interns spend their time at 8th Light's downtown Chicago office learning and practicing developing quality software under the guidance of 8th Light instructors and mentors. Time commitment is flexible to accomodate the additional commitments an intern might have, though we require at least 20 hours per week in our office during normal business hours. It takes time to learn and without the opportunity to work in person with the group of interns - and 8th Light Crafters - it's difficult to make progress.

The curriculum includes both individual and group projects, and synthesizes a variety of tools, technologies, and disciplines into a program that mimics professional software environments. The focus of the program is on building the skills of the interns. Interns will not be participating in billable client work.

This program is also different from an apprenticeship at 8th Light. Regardless of prior experience, our team of Software Crafters begin their careers at 8th Light with a paid apprenticeship period, a time focused on learning both technical and consulting skills. It is specifically designed as a preparation step for the individual's role at 8th Light. In contrast, our intent with the internship position is to help aspiring developers improve their skills so they are prepared for their first job as a professional developer.

Interns are expected to be eager to learn and committed to giving their best effort throughout the program.

8th Light is an equal opportunity employer.