I/Own It - Optimizely x Hack Reactor Scholarships and Internships

Start Owning Your Future

With a full scholarship to Hack Reactor and a paid internship at Optimizely, you could have the opportunity to Own It.

Applications are now closed
Deadline: July 31st, 2017

Wish you could code full-time and get paid for it, but never developed the skills?

Hack Reactor San Francisco and Optimizely are offering three full-tuition scholarships and engineering internships to individuals who are underrepresented in the tech community. You'll take part in the 12-week Hack Reactor bootcamp in San Francisco starting in October 2017, be paired with an Optimizely mentor, and start a three-month paid internship at Optimizely after graduation in January 2018.

Apply to I/Own It

Build your skills at Hack Reactor's 12-week bootcamp

Intern at Optimizely

Join the team and take on projects with real customer impact

Launch your New Career

Explore full-time opportunities with Optimizely to build your career

Who is this opportunity for?

We believe in increasing diversity and inclusion in the tech community. If you think you have a perspective or background that is not well represented in the tech community, we encourage you to apply.

You're eligible for the sponsorship if you:

  • identify as a woman; and/or
  • are part of the LGBTQ community; and/or
  • come from one of the following racial backgrounds: Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander; and/or
  • are part of the disability community; and/or
  • are a veteran.



What does the sponsorship include?

  1. Full tuition to Hack Reactor
    (San Francisco location)
  2. Living stipend while at Hack Reactor
    ($1500 per month)
  3. Three-month paid internship at Optimizely after graduation
  4. Access to Optimizely mentors

Hack Reactor Alumni work at Optimizely in a wide variety of engineering roles, including:

Lauren Pappone

Full Stack Engineer
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Alan Sun

Frontend Engineer

Amy Chiu

Full Stack Engineer
Former I/Own It Recipient

Kelly Walker

Frontend Engineer
Watch Her Story

Andrew Delikat

Full Stack Engineer

Jess Chong

Full Stack Engineer
Former I/Own It Recipient

Haley Bash

Full Stack Engineer
Former I/Own It Recipient

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Holding your spot!

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the application form below
  2. Pass the Hack Reactor Technical Interview by July 31st, 2017
  3. We will contact you for an interview if you shortlisted for the sponsorship

2017 I/Own It Program Dates and Deadlines:

June 26th I/Own It Online Application Opens
July 31st Last day for Hack Reactor Technical Interview
July 31st I/Own It Online Application Closes
Early August Skype Interview with Optimizely
Mid August Sponsorship Recipients Notified
October 9th Hack Reactor Starts

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Applications due by July 31st, 2017

Applications are now closed

Questions?
We have answers.

When would I start Hack Reactor?

You would be starting with the October 9th cohort.

Do I have to apply to both Hack Reactor and the Optimizely sponsorship?

Yes, being accepted into Hack Reactor is required to be eligible for the Optimizely sponsorship.

I haven't done my Hack Reactor technical interview yet. Can I still apply for the Optimizely sponsorship?

Yes, you can apply for the sponsorship, but we do require you to have been accepted to Hack Reactor (i.e. passed your Hack Reactor technical interview) by July 31st. The application on this site will close on July 31st. We encourage you to plan ahead so that you have enough time to apply to Hack Reactor and prepare for and pass the technical interview by July 31st.

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible as Hack Reactor spaces are limited.

I have zero experience with computer programming, can I still apply?

Yes! Please note that you'll need to get into Hack Reactor to be eligible for the sponsorship, which means you'll need to get up to speed on enough JavaScript fundamentals to get into Hack Reactor and finish the coursework.

By the time you are finished with Hack Reactor's curriculum, you'll be well equipped to begin your career as a software engineer.

I'm not a US citizen. Am I eligible for the scholarship?

If you are authorized to work in the United States, you are eligible for the scholarship.

What groups does Optimizely consider underrepresented in technology?

You're eligible for the sponsorship if you:

  • identify as a woman; and/or
  • are part of the LGBTQ community; and/or
  • come from one of the following racial backgrounds: Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander; and/or
  • are part of the disability community; and/or
  • are a veteran.

How will you decide who to give the scholarship and internship to?

We are looking for people who are curious, passionate, and proactive, and for whom the sponsorship will have a big impact.

Can I also apply for other Hack Reactor scholarships?

Yes! As with all opportunities, we encourage you to cast a wide net.

What kind of person will be successful at Optimizely?

We look for people who embody Optimizely’s OPTIFY values: Ownership, Passion, Trust, Integrity, Fearlessness, and transparencY.

What kind of Diversity & Inclusion work does Optimizely do?

Optimizely supports a variety of initiatives both inside the company and in the tech community at large. On-going initiatives inside Optimizely include our mentorship program, the diversity & inclusion reading group, and our company communities: OptimizeLadies, Out at Optimizely, Parents@, and the Diversity & Inclusion Group. We also host Girl Geek Dinners, panels aimed at furthering the discussion of diversity and inclusivity in the tech community, and actively participate in the Lesbians Who Tech and Grace Hopper conferences every year.

Do you have more questions?

Read more FAQs here.

Email us at iownit@optimizely.com for any questions not addressed in our FAQ.