Posted by Fred Humphries 
Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs

Career prospects for recent college graduates got brighter today thanks to a new initiative announced in Washington, D.C. 

America’s strength and future growth in the global economy rests in the next generation, and in the opportunities that will nurture their talent and lead to technological innovation.  Yet recent graduates have had a tough time finding jobs.  

Today, Microsoft is proud to join the Invest in America Alliance in a significant commitment to jump start the U.S. economy through job creation for this year’s college graduates.  Seventeen major corporations, brought together by Intel Corporation, committed today to substantial increases in hiring goals.  In total, this initiative will result in 10,500 new college graduate hires in 2010 for a range of positions.

Participating in the Invest in America Alliance is just one way Microsoft is working to enhance U.S. job growth.  Partnering with governors across the country, we launched Elevate America a year ago as part of our overall effort to help provide technology training to two million people over three years.  In concert with federal officials, we have supported efforts to increase investments in education and workforce training. And with local leaders and educators, we are seeking to grow the pipeline of students, especially in computer science and education.  As part of these efforts, our company has developed programs such as Partners in Learning, which provides curricula and class materials, and DreamSpark, which offers students free software. 

Our commitment to increase hires of recent college graduates is the latest in a series of efforts by Microsoft to incorporate bright, hard-working students into the workforce and help them lead the next generation.