Microsoft, the ginormous software (and game console) company, and the IEEE, the organization and standards setting body for electrical and electronics engineers, are working together to increase the number of students choosing technical careers.
For Microsoft's part it will provide IEEE student members with special access to Microsoft software and corporate hardware. It will also help participating students with employment opportunities with Microsoft Partners and other Microsoft business partners and customers.
The partnership is also seen as a way to promote Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a software innovation and technology competition for young people, by attracting IEEE members as judges or, in the case of IEEE academics, to encourage their students. And to increase awareness of Imagine Cup participants of the IEEE.
There will also be an overall general promotion of IT technology by both parties.
IEEE official Cecelia Jankowski stated: "IEEE student members will benefit from access to free Microsoft software, training and opportunities to connect to the Microsoft community through speaker invitations, connections to Microsoft-sponsored student clubs and increased access to internship and job opportunities."