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Associate Product Managers

The Schmidt Futures Associate Product Manager (APM) program is a first-of-its-kind pathway for cohorts of university graduates to use their technical degrees for public benefit.

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Overview

The Associate Product Manager program brings together talented young technologists for two years and matches them to rotational opportunities to solve hard social problems. APMs receive personalized leadership training, deepen their skills, engage with leaders across fields, and are mentored by distinguished figures in technology. They emerge from the program ready to manage technical teams, start businesses, take on leadership positions, and become social and policy entrepreneurs.

What you'll gain

Project leadership skills

You will be asked to collaborate with internal and external teams to conduct research and define product goals and success metrics. You’ll craft product roadmaps and craft requirements and you’ll have the opportunity to build lasting relationships across engineering, designs, marketing and policy experts. 

A community of like-minded technologists

Be part of our community helping us to shape the future of the Associate Product Managers program, mentor the next cohort.

Solve real problems

Your contribution will help us implement Schmidt Futures organizational and programmatic initiatives, in collaboration with teammates who have expertise ranging from policy and international relations to data science and education.

Hone your knowledge, skills, and abilities

Associate Product Managers “graduate” ready to manage teams, start businesses, lead organizations, and become social and policy entrepreneurs.

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Our impact

The Associate Product Manager program’s impact in the world includes:

25% decrease in North Dakota's prison population through an APM’s work with Recidiviz
850 farmers supported through an APM's work with PlantVillage

Application Timeline

 

  • Application Opens: May 6

 

  • Informational Sessions [Optional]: May – July

 

  • Application Deadline: August 1

 

  • Interviews: End of August – Mid-September

 

  • Final Decision Notification: Mid-October

What Qualities Do We Look For?

Creative and entrepreneurial.

Brings a fresh perspective and celebrates new, better ideas.

Flexible problem solver.

Able to work through ambiguity to take on and solve challenges.

Bias toward impact.

Gets things done, with a track record of successful landings.

User-focused.

Demonstrates compassion. Gets to know users well in order to help create the most personalized impact.

Ownership attitude.

Eager to do whatever needs to be done to get a product out into the world, forging trust with teammates through humility and hard work. Drives team success through effective time management.

Persevering.

Navigates through challenges with persistence and courage.

Curious.

Excited to learn. Has a growth mindset and emphasizes the lesson, not just the result.

Mission-driven.

Committed to making the world better by betting early on exceptional people and their ideas to solve hard problems in science and society.

Application Process

 

Online Application – Candidates will submit their resume and application materials through the job posting by August 1, 2022.

 

Technical Assessment – Select candidates will be invited to complete a timed technical assessment that will assess mastery in at least one programming language, analytic and systems thinking, and problem-solving through engineering and design questions.

 

Interviews – Select candidates will meet with members of the Schmidt Futures team in up to three interviews to discuss their product sense, user and impact-centered reasoning, program fit, and career aspirations.

Application qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science (with graduation expected by June 2023) or an equivalent level of training and expertise.

 

  • A demonstrated ability or interest in applying science and technology to solve social problems.

 

  • Be based at the Schmidt Futures offices in New York and travel within the U.S. and internationally regularly as needed following company policy and permitting circumstances.

 

  • We are committed to looking holistically at applicants from diverse backgrounds, including international candidates, to build the strongest cohort. Candidates who do not meet all requirements but who can make a case for being considered for the position are encouraged to apply.

 

 

APM 2022 Cohort

Alanna Flores

Alanna is pursuing an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science, concentrating in Artificial Intelligence and minoring in Human Rights at Stanford University. 

She has worked as a data science intern at Recidiviz and a software engineering intern at The Washington Post and Accountability Counsel.

Anmolpreet Kandola

Anmolpreet Kandola graduated from Columbia University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. 

Currently with Amazon, he is a Software Development Engineer who works on the global catalog infrastructure. He has conducted computational neuroscience research at Stanford and interned as a backend engineer at Tagup, an IoT startup.

Catherine Zhang

Catherine Zhang will graduate from Cornell University in December 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Sociology.

 She was previously a technical program management intern at Uber and a product management intern at two different startups.

Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz will obtain his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Software Engineering and Finance from McGill University in April 2022. 

Daniel is currently a program manager intern at Tesla, he has previously held roles in product management, strategy, and finance.

Kyle Barnes

Kyle Barnes is the co-founder and Executive Director of Representable, a nonprofit community mapping startup that fights gerrymandering. 

He will earn his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction from Princeton University in May of 2022.

Mia Jackson

Mia earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at University College London studying the influence of urban design decisions on health and educational outcomes using data science techniques. 

She was previously a Data Science Fellow for Code2040 and worked at Access Health Connecticut and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Mikey Abela

Mikey Abela will receive a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with pathways in Visual Computing and Design from Brown University in May 2022. 

He has previously worked as a software engineer intern, focused on frontend web development, at Microsoft and the New York Times.

Sahana Srinivasan

Sahana Srinivasan will earn her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Government from Harvard College in 2022. 

She interned in product management and software engineering roles at Microsoft and has served as a teaching assistant and the editor of a data journalism publication in college.

Siddhartha Bose

Siddhartha Bose earned his bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles in 2019. 

He is currently a Software Engineer and Technician in the Singapore Armed Forces and previously worked as a Cybertechnology Product Specialist at Darktrace.

Swathi Ramprasad

Swathi Ramprasad is currently an Eisenhower Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she will complete an MPP in 2022.

 She graduated from Duke in 2021 with a double major in Computer Science and Public Policy. She has held a software engineering internship at Facebook’s Civic Integrity team and served as a policy intern at the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

Vidya Srinivas Radhvendra

Vidya will earn her Master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence from UC San Diego (where she also earned her Bachelor’s in Math and Computer Science) in 2022. 

Previously, she was a product management intern at Zoom, and also held software engineering internships at Strava and Ginkgo Bioworks. At UCSD, she also volunteers and mentors fellow students through organizations like Women in Computing and Design for America.

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Questions?

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at apmapply@test-schmidt-futures.pantheonsite.io