Apprentice Software Crafter

8th Light (View all Jobs)

United States

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Interview Process

1. Take home code challenge 2. Discussion 3. Pair programming session

Software Developer Apprenticeship

Take the first step to prepare for a career as a software developer at 8th Light.

Who We Are

8th Light is a global team of software, design, and technology professionals. Rooted in a culture of continuous learning and collaboration, we’re employee-owned, and headquartered in Chicago, but our more than 140 team members live and work in locations including London, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. 

We partner with forward-thinking people and organizations to help them imagine and create elegant, robust, and groundbreaking software solutions to complex problems. We’re crafters, so we care about everything we create, building with integrity and in sustainable ways. By exemplifying the values of humanity, education, and ownership in everything we do, our crafters help clients master the challenges in front of them while building great opportunities ahead. 

About Our Apprenticeship

We believe that with focus on purpose, pride, and a personalized experience, we can steward sustained positive, rewarding sentiment that gives employees every reason to join, do amazing work, and stay.

Our paid apprenticeship is a focused period of learning centered around becoming a disciplined, skilled, well-rounded software professional capable of delivering high-quality software and consulting to our clients. 

We know that getting that first software job can be tough. Many organizations require you to have years of experience or a computer science degree for that first role. At 8th Light, we invest in people even if you haven’t had the chance yet to extensively demonstrate and grow your software skills.

Under the guidance of a team of experienced mentors, apprentices will embark on a process designed to hone their programming, client service, collaboration, leadership and communication skills. They learn on their own while committing to, and completing a variety of projects in different languages. They learn to lead by example, provide and receive honest feedback and answer the questions a client might not ask.

Apprenticeships typically span five to seven months, starting with a process that matches apprentices with a team of mentors based on the unique skills and preferences of both the apprentice and the mentors. In the first four months, you’ll build skills through mentor-guided self-study, small team projects, pairing, and workshops. Then you’ll spend a month working on a client project before completing a capstone project. After you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be promoted to crafter.

Who You Are

You've built software before, maybe not in a professional setting, but you’re an avid learner and are highly driven to improve your skills. Successful applicants generally have:

  • An understanding of at least one programming language.
  • A basic understanding of Test-Driven Development.
  • Professional working experience (not necessarily in software).

Expectations of a Crafter 

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you'll join 8th Light's team of developers and designers as a Crafter. In this role, you will:

  • Pair and collaborate with teammates to deliver quality software.
  • Mentor apprentices and client employees based on 8th Light best practices.
  • Work with clients to report progress and plan future projects.


Our Timeline

We are currently hiring for a cohort who will start their apprenticeships in February 2023 through April 2023. Here’s the timeline you can expect with our hiring process.

Applications Close: Monday, December 5, 2022

Invitations to Recruiting Team Chat: Friday, December 9, 2022

Take Home Technical Assessment Period: Friday, December 16, 2022 thru Friday December 30, 2022

Virtual Interviews Take Place (Pairing & Non-Technical): Friday, January 14, 2023 thru Sunday, January 22, 2023

Final Decisions: Monday, January, 30, 2023

Apprenticeship begins- Late February 2023; Late April 2023** 

Virtual Welcome Week - May 2023

Summer Cohort Applications will be announced early Summer for start dates beginning August 2023.

* Schedule is subject to change

**Start dates communicated in offers will be contingent on team capacity planning. 

Join Us

We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, your story and their resulting impact than recognized schools, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume. 

8th Light is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.

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