For Students

Joining Blueprint is the perfect way to use your skills to give back to the community. We accept applications at the beginning of every semester.

Our application is now closed for the Spring 2021 semester. We will be recruiting again next semester! Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date.

Developer Application Process

Learn what it means to be a developer πŸ‘‰ tinyurl.com/bp-developer πŸ‘ˆ

01
Infosession Series
Instead of having one large infosession this (virtual) spring, Blueprint is hosting an infosession series! Every day from 1/24 to 1/29, we'll have four mini sessions, each limited to 10 applicants. These small sessions will give you a chance to ask questions and talk to our members in a comfortable setting!

Visit πŸ‘‰ tinyurl.com/blueprint-infosession πŸ‘ˆ to sign up and learn more!
02
Applications Due
Jan 29th, 11:59 PM PST
The application includes 3 short response questions to help us understand your connection to Blueprint's mission. Decisions will be emailed after this round on Jan 31 by 10 PM. The application is due on January 29th at 11:59 PM PST.
Student applications will be open by Sunday August 30. Follow our Facebook page to stay updated!
03
Build with Blueprint
Feb 1 - 5
A small exercise to give you a chance to showcase your technical resourcefulness and learning speed. It will be kicked off with an introductory workshop followed by a small project. Time and location will be emailed to invited candidates.
04
Meet the Club
Feb 3 - 4
Meet the Club is an event for you to get to know our membership in a casual setting! This event is by invitation only.
05
Blueprint Games
Feb 5 - 6
A fun, interactive teamwork session involving a series of challenges and puzzles that make you think critically. This round is by invitation only. Time and location will be emailed to invited candidates.

Designer Application Process

We are not accepting any designers this semester 😞
Check back next semester!

External Application Process

Learn what it means to be on external πŸ‘‰ tinyurl.com/bp-external πŸ‘ˆ

01
Infosession Series
Instead of having one large infosession this (virtual) spring, Blueprint is hosting an infosession series! Every day from 1/24 to 1/29, we'll have four mini sessions, each limited to 10 applicants. These small sessions will give you a chance to ask questions and talk to our members in a comfortable setting!

Visit πŸ‘‰ tinyurl.com/blueprint-infosession πŸ‘ˆ to sign up and learn more!
02
Applications Due
Jan 29th, 11:59 PM PST
The application includes 3 short response questions to help us understand your connection to Blueprint's mission. Decisions will be emailed after this round on Jan 31 by 10 PM. The application is due on January 29th at 11:59 PM PST.
Student applications will be open by Sunday August 30. Follow our Facebook page to stay updated!
03
Meet the Club
Feb 3 - 4
Meet the Club is an event for you to get to know our membership in a casual setting! This event is by invitation only.
04
External Interviews
Feb 4 - 5
We will be conducting interviews for the external team throughout the entire week. Invited candidates will receive an interview sign-up link via email.

Decision Criteria

Each semester, we are unfortunately only able to move forward a select number of applicants. This is both so that every member of our project teams may develop close relationships with our nonprofit and community partners and so that we are internally able to provide a meaningful and streamlined learning and growth experience to each member. Throughout the recruitment process, we look for the following criteria:

  • Passion

    Are you excited to dedicate time, energy, and compassion towards understanding and building with communities?

  • Growth

    Do you actively seek out ways to grow? Do you take action to work towards that growth?

  • Resourcefulness

    Are you self-motivated and driven? Do you adapt to new environments and challenges?

  • Attitude

    Do you approach problems and challenges with an open mind? Are you able to work through unfamiliar situations?

  • Teamwork

    Do you enjoy collaborating and learning with others? Do you value others' perspectives and experiences?

  • Culture

    Are you looking forward to developing meaningful relationships with our members and partners beyond the work environment?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Blueprint's structure?

Blueprint's project structure consists of 5 project teams, each with a Project Leader, a designer, and 4-5 developers. Each project team is dedicated to one of our nonprofit and community partners and works closely with our points of contact to create equitable solutions through design and development.<br> Blueprint's External team consists of 4-5 directors and a team lead. External works to inspire students outside of Cal Blueprint about creating change in communities through tech an design through chapter expansion, public events, new programs, and more. An executive team of 6 students supports the club and all members as a whole.

What are nonprofit and community partner relationships like?

Our partners each have dedicated internal point(s) of contact who meet with our project teams on a regular (weekly or bi-weekly) basis. Because interactions vary based on partner capacity, timezones, internet access, and more, it's important to note that each partner relationship looks a little different. Broadly speaking, these meetings help ensure that our partners are on the same page as our project teams, and that the solutions we design and develop will actually be able to help the partner and communities in the best possible ways. At a more detailed level, we hold project scoping meeting(s) with each partner and their Project Leader at the start of the Fall semester to create a clear path for Blueprint is able to deliver. At the end of each semester, we hold a final meeting to present what was accomplished during the semester (and, in the case of fall, what will be accomplished in the spring).

What resources does Blueprint have to ensure success?

Every member of Blueprint has several layers of formal support, including their project team members, their Project Leader, the executive team. To keep a pulse check on how members are feeling, leadership actively seeks out constructive feedback and holds periodic one-on-ones with members. We also guide all new developers and designers through our technical onboarding processes and make sure there is always space to ask for help, no matter how large or small the task. Project Leaders and our External lead also ensure project success through organized timelines that make tasks and expectations as clear as possible throughout the semester.<br> On top of everything, Blueprint is full of people who naturally want to help each other - on any given day or night, it's easy to find members squashing bugs together, holding informal critique sessions, DMing teammates for insight into other parts of Blueprint, or lending a listening ear.

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