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Tech Fellowships FAQ

Student Eligibility

Who’s eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for our tech fellowships:

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Live in the Charlotte metropolitan area
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Must have work authorization to work in the US

It is possible that specific fellowships have additional requirements, so please be sure to check the application of the fellowship to which you wish to apply.

Do I have to live in the Charlotte metropolitan area?

Even though our current fellowships are offered virtually, Road to Hire targets individuals living in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Once we are able to resume in-person training, students will train onsite at the Road to Hire South Charlotte campus for 35-40 hours each week.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement for Road to Hire?

There is no specific GPA requirement. We look for candidates who demonstrate a strong work ethic.

Is there an age requirement for the Road to Hire program?

Yes. We’re looking for motivated young adults in the greater Charlotte area between the ages of 18 and 25. (You must turn 18 prior to graduating from the program.)

Is work authorization required to be eligible for Road to Hire?

Because our mission is to create employment opportunities for motivated young adults, work authorization is a program requirement. This means that you have authorization to work without sponsorship or restrictions for any employer in the US.

Experience & Benefits

What is the program timeline or schedule?

Road to Hire has high standards of performance and accountability for all participants, and our fellowship has been intentionally crafted to set you up for success. In order to ensure that you have the best possible learning experience, your consistent attendance is required.

The Road to Hire Fellowships is a six-month program and will run from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. In addition to classroom lectures, participants will watch weekly videos, attend breakout sessions and complete reading assignments. Participants may have work outside of the 35-40 hours/week for additional projects and challenges.

Does Road to Hire provide compensation or housing?

Road to Hire participants will receive a weekly stipend during training, followed by full-time pay and benefits (including health insurance) after graduation (pending job placement). Road to Hire does not pay for housing.

What support is available to Road to Hire students?

The following benefits are offered to non-virtual fellowships:

Clothing Closet:

Don’t have business casual attire? No problem! We offer our participants access to our Clothing Closet, which has a large number of free business casual options.

On-Site Health Clinic:

Feeling under the weather? Confidential checkups are available at a reduced cost of only $5 at our onsite health clinic.

On-site gym and fitness classes:

A healthy body is a healthy mind. While enrolled in our program, students have access to our onsite gym and fitness facilities as well as fitness classes, which include meditation, yoga, cardio and circuit training, spin and more.

Does every Road to Hire participant get a job?

Our goal is to place every successful Road to Hire graduate in a great job in their field of study. Every graduate will have an interview with at least one of our employer partners. Historically, over 90% of our graduates are placed in their desired field with employer partners.

Is the Road to Hire program a competition?

No. Although we believe competition is healthy, our goal is to place all Road to Hire graduates in full-time jobs in the greater Charlotte area once they complete the program.

Are there any costs associated with Road to Hire?

No. Road to Hire covers all training costs.

Application Process

What happens after I submit my application?

All applications will be carefully reviewed. Candidates will be notified via email if they are selected to move forward in the interview process.

What should I do if I haven't heard back about my application, but the date for feedback has passed?

Please check your spam/junk mail folders to see if you have received an email from Road to Hire. Email recruiting@roadtohire.org if you are unable to find it.

Are recommendation letters required?

Recommendation letters are not required.

Miscellaneous FAQs

Is this a paid program?

Yes. The Road to Hire Tech Fellowship Program is a six-month, full-time, paid position.

Do I need to know how to code before I apply?

No. We’re looking for young adults who are passionate about technology and love solving problems. We’ll teach you the rest!

What do successful candidates look like?

The most successful candidates are self-starters who can operate independently but aren’t afraid to ask questions.