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Earn while you learn with our Apprenticeship Program

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Bridge the gap into a tech career 

Cognizant’s Apprenticeship program is a one-year paid learning experience designed to transition emerging professionals into a successful technology career. Apprentices are allocated dedicated time for learning and on-the-job training to develop their skills and gain understanding of Cognizant’s different service lines. 

This modern technology program is suited for a variety of employment journeys, including:  

  • Recent college graduates  
  • Professionals changing careers  
  • Professionals re-entering their career  
  • Military transitioning to civilian work 

Applications for the currents cohort of apprentices are closed. Please sign up for our emerging talent email updates to be notified about the next session.

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Why join our Apprenticeship program

Apprentices will enjoy comprehensive training, mentorship from experts, and real-world project experience. Successful completion can lead to career opportunities within our global company, providing a springboard to a thriving tech career.  

In addition to earning while you learn, apprentices can expect:   

  • Structured on-the-job training, coaching and mentorship  
  • Formal instruction, typically in a classroom environment  
  • Progressive pay wage increases upon completing target learning goals  
  • Nationally recognized credential recognizing successful completion of the program 

Frequently asked questions

  • Highly motivated and self-directed learner 
  • Initiative-taker who can think beyond what’s possible 
  • Ability to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams 
  • Strong aptitude for technology and desire to work with emerging tools 

Ideal for recent graduates or individuals seeking a career change into tech, we welcome diverse, ambitious people ready to dive into the world of emerging technologies. The following criteria are required to be considered for the program:  

  • Bachelor's degree or 4 years of work experience with an associate degree or Military equivalency training  
  • Permanent work authorization in USA  

Our apprenticeship program is a full-time paid employment opportunity with benefits and paid wage progression, including a structured technical learning program. Our internships are temporary paid experience integrating knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application on the job. 

You will have the opportunity of migrating to a full-time position upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program based on performance and client demand. 

Focused onboarding months for apprentice positions are March, May and August.

Giving one million workers an edge on tomorrow

We are committed to encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and we believe that different perspectives drive innovation and lead to greater success. Our associates' diverse backgrounds offer varied perspectives and fuel new ways of thinking. This experience is aligned to our newly launched Synapse program – an exciting new skilling program that aims to train one million workers across the globe on new technology advancements so they are powered for change. 

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