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  • January 18th, 2018 Learning Diversity Recruiting Insights from SoundCloud’s DeveloperBridge Trainee Program By Tiffany Conroy

    Back in 2016, the SoundCloud People Team collaborated with engineering management in an effort to bring more junior engineers into the company. The result was DeveloperBridge, a paid junior engineering program that ran for 12 months and was based out of our Berlin headquarters.

    Trainees gained hands-on experience under the guidance of our engineers, and by working on a variety of assignments in selected teams, they became familiar with different types of engineering tasks and technologies. This, in turn, helped them develop a feel for the areas they enjoyed working in the most. The overall aim of the program was to help the participants develop and then hire them afterward into full-time roles at SoundCloud, while improving diversity in Engineering at the same time.

    Now with their traineeship year coming to a close, we’ve asked the participants to reflect on the experience, what they learned, how they feel about their accomplishments, and where they see themselves headed next in their careers as software engineers.