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 student application for the Fall 2022 semester is now closed. Sign up for our mailing list or follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on next semester’s applications!

Developer Application Process

Learn what it means to be a developer 👉 go.calblueprint.org/developer-role 👈

01
Infosession Series
There will be multiple virtual infosessions from Saturday, August 27th to Wednesday, August 31st. These sessions will give you a chance to ask questions and talk to our members in a comfortable setting! Take a look at our infosession schedule.
02
Applications Due
Thursday, September 1st, 11:59 PM PDT
The application includes 3 short response questions to help us understand your connection to Blueprint's mission. The application is due on September 1st, 11:59 PM PDT. Decisions will be emailed after this round on September 3rd by 10 PM.
Student applications will be open on Wednesday, August 24.
03
Blueprint Games
September 4th
A fun, interactive teamwork session involving a series of challenges and puzzles that make you think critically. It will simulate working on a Blueprint project team and the collaborative nature of being a developer. This round is by invitation only. Time and location will be emailed to invited candidates. Decisions after this round will be emailed on September 5th by midnight.
04
Meet the Club
September 6th & 7th
Meet the Club is an event for you to get to know and chat with our membership in a casual setting! This event is by invitation only.
05
Build with Blueprint
September 7th & 8th
A 1 hour technical challenge to give you a chance to showcase your technical resourcefulness, growth, and adaptability. It will be kicked off with an introductory workshop on September 6th. This round is by invitation only.

Designer Application Process

Learn what it means to be a designer 👉 go.calblueprint.org/designer-role 👈

01
Infosession Series
There will be multiple virtual infosessions from Saturday, August 27th to Wednesday, August 31st. These sessions will give you a chance to ask questions and talk to our members in a comfortable setting! Take a look at our infosession schedule.
02
Applications Due
Thursday, September 1st, 11:59 PM PDT
The application includes 3 short response questions to help us understand your connection to Blueprint's mission. The application is due on September 1st, 11:59 PM PDT. Decisions will be emailed after this round on September 3rd by 10 PM.
Student applications will be open on Wednesday, August 24.
03
Designer Interviews
September 6th & 7th
We will ask you to brainstorm with us and sketch out low-fidelity solutions in a design challenge. After the interview, you will have a chance to refine your solutions and submit a final, higher-fidelity version by Thursday, September 8. This round is by invitation only. Invited candidates will receive an interview sign-up link via email.
04
Meet the Club
September 6th & 7th
Meet the Club is an event for you to get to know and chat with our membership in a casual setting! This event is by invitation only.
05
Design Challenge Due
September 8th, 10:00 PM PDT
Building on top of your work from the interview, this submission will give you a chance to showcase your ability to iterate and your visual design skills. The prompt will be covered during the interview.

External Application Process

Learn what it means to be on external 👉 go.calblueprint.org/external-role 👈

01
Infosession Series
There will be multiple virtual infosessions from Saturday, August 27th to Wednesday, August 31st. These sessions will give you a chance to ask questions and talk to our members in a comfortable setting! Take a look at our infosession schedule.
02
Applications Due
Thursday, September 1st, 11:59 PM PDT
The application includes 3 short response questions to help us understand your connection to Blueprint's mission. The application is due on September 1st, 11:59 PM PDT. Decisions will be emailed after this round on September 3rd by 10 PM.
Student applications will be open on Wednesday, August 24.
03
External Interviews
September 5th - September 8th
We will be conducting interviews for the external team throughout the entire week. Invited candidates will receive an interview sign-up link via email.
04
Meet the Club
September 6th & 7th
Meet the Club is an event for you to get to know and chat with our membership in a casual setting! This event is by invitation only.

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 4 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.

Blueprint’s External team consists of 6 directors and the External Vice President as the team lead. External works to inspire students outside of Cal Blueprint about creating change in communities and promoting public welfare through tech and design. This is done through public events, partnerships with mission-aligned organizations, new programs, and more. External, along with other project teams, are supported by an executive team of 7 students.

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, and 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 Vice Presidet also ensure project success through organized timelines that make tasks and expectations as clear as possible throughout the semester.

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.

Even beyond college, our extensive alumni network remains in touch and are often continuing to give back to Blueprint by sharing their post-graduation professional experiences.

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