If you are both female and an engineering student, hurry up and get your application together for Square’s first (ever) Code Camp Contest!

Don’t be intimidated by the title — the Code Camp is a three day program held in one of the greatest cities in the world — San Francisco, California (Go Giants!). The top  fifteen lucky contestant winners (announced on November 30th) will be taken on an all expense paid trip to the Bay Area, where they will have the opportunity to meet with Square leaders right in Square’s headquarters downtown. These meetings will consist of conversations, mentoring sessions and advice as well as career oriented workshops with various teams within the company. There will also be time for Q&A sessions — in fact, applicants are asked what they would like to learn from Square in the short answer section of the online form so let the brainstorming begin!

Applicants are expected to be pursuing a Computer Science/Computer Engineering degree, or a tech-related minor. Applications are open to US, as well as Canadian applicants so if you are enrolled at a full-time university in either country.. what’s stopping you from starting, eh? <– Haha, anyone? You can find the online application here, and you can also read more about the program if you are curious to learn more.

Make sure you have the following dates scribbled in your calendar or even jotted down in your phone if you plan on applying:

- The online application deadline is Friday November 2nd by 5:00pm PT

(if you are stressed about time don’t worry — all you have to do is submit a resume and two short answer responses)

- I know I mentioned this above but the application winners will be announced on Friday November 30th (time unspecified)

- The actual Square Code Camp takes place from Wednesday January 9th – Saturday January 12th

Fall quarter is a stressful time for all of us in college (and being a woman as well as an engineer doesn’t make it that much easier..), however, I really think opportunities like Square’s Code Contest are just awesome to participate in. I mean I know this sounds lame but writing is always a learning opportunity, and while answering the two short answer questions myself, I definitely learned a lot about Square’s history as a start up company and also had the chance to reflect on my future plans (i.e. now I’m super pumped to graduate).

Another reason I want to encourage any/all of you to apply is because there are so many online opportunities like this out there today. Nine times out of ten, the website informing you about such opportunities will be drowned out by Facebook or buried by Google’s ever changing search engine. That’s why there are sites like HackCollege, to help students (like you) get informed about the things that are important (and fun). The first article I ever read on HackCollege was about a competition that About.me was hosting on InternMatch’s website — a small announcement in an article I skimmed through turned out to be so much more for me as well as a few other contestant winners. Yes, I actually WON and it was one of the best things to ever happen to me. Anyway, I just think you should at least try because you never know what could happen… and who doesn’t love California?

If you have any questions, or if you even want someone to discuss the short answer topics with, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the comments or via e-mail. Good luck to everyone!