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If you are a student and want to make a career in IT (not just in SAP) becoming a SAP Student Ambassador is something you should definitely consider.

It isn’t easy to make it but the benefits from it are great. Read what this is about and how to do it below.

So first of all what is a SAP Student Ambassador?

A SAP Student Ambassador is an exceptional student who is well versed in IT in general and SAP in particular. It is a student that is passionate about technology and likes to speak about it. If you follow tech news and new development closely and are an IT enthusiast you are already on the right track.

But that isn’t enough. You must also be able to share your passion with others, explain technology and new trends. You must have the potential to be an evangelist.

Thus a SAP Student Ambassador is supposed to be a good networker as well and respected for his competence in his peer group.

What are the benefits of becoming a SAP Student Ambassador?

If you become a SAP Student Ambassador you receive a certificate from SAP University Alliances that identifies you as an official SAP Student Ambassador. The certificate acts as proof of the above mentioned skills, is a great addition to your CV and goes very well with every application in IT. Moreover SAP Student Ambassadors are part of an elite group of passionate high potentials. They get to work together with country managers of SAP University Alliances on events in their countries and might get special all-expenses-paid invitations to big SAP events like SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando or the TechEds.

This allows for tremendous networking opportunities and is a unique career boost!

What are the tasks of a SAP Student Ambassador?

First and foremost SAP Student Ambassadors are supposed to be technological evangelists in the student community and their peer groups. Thus as a SAP Student Ambassador you have to organize at least one event with fellow students at your university/college/etc. per semester. This could for example be a workshop or a presentation on SAP or SAP technology like SAP HANA for example.

How to become a SAP Student Ambassador?

Becoming a SAP Student Ambassador is a 2 step process.

1. To demonstrate your presentation skills you have to produce a 1-3 minute video about SAP HANA or about how companies can solve big data problems with SAP HANA. Upload the video to YouTube and send a mail about it to studentcouncil@sap.com or if you cannot access YouTube send a mail to studentcouncil@sap.com and you will receive a container to send the video to SAP University Alliances.

2. If your video is accepted you will receive a link to a multiple choice test on SAP HANA. It consists of 14 questions on SAP HANA and you have to answer 11 correctly.

If you pass both stages you will officially be accepted as a SAP Student Ambassador and receive your certificate.

Use the opportunity to become a SAP Student Ambassador! We are looking forward to your video submission.

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  1. Fred Verheul

    Hi Daniel,

    This looks like a good initiative, and the naming of the program reflects the resemblance to that other sap_mentor program.

    What puzzles me however is the selection process: it is totally out-of-sync with what you define as a SAP Student Mentor. To be selected you ‘merely’ have to demonstrate basic knowledge about HANA, but as an SAP Student Mentor you’re supposedly

    an exceptional student who is well versed in IT in general and SAP in particular. It is a student that is passionate about technology and likes to speak about it. If you follow tech news and new development closely and are an IT enthusiast you are already on the right track.

    But that isn’t enough. You must also be able to share your passion with others, explain technology and new trends. You must have the potential to be an evangelist.

    Sorry, but that doesn’t make sense to me. Could you explain the rationale for this selection process?

    Thanks a lot!

    Cheers and good luck with the program, Fred

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    1. Daniel von Dungen Post author

      Hello Fred,

      thank you for your good wishes and for your interest. I understand your question. Hot topics and trends are always in flux. It currently is SAP HANA, mobility and also cloud, but was different some years ago and will probably be something new again in a few years. Thus the focus of the selection process will also adapt to this over time.

      Especially SAP HANA is a topic in focus of SAP University Alliances this year and thus we also have our focus on this in the SAP Student Ambassador selection process.

      As a SAP Student Ambassador the student will support SAP Universtiy Alliances country managers and organize workshops on his own to create awareness.

      Candidates lacking certain skills will not be able to fullfill the role successfully. It is also possible to revoke the status.

      I hope this helps you to understand our reasons.

      Best regards

      Daniel

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  2. Gretchen Lindquist

    Daniel,

    I am confused by the requirements of this program. First:

    A SAP Student Mentor is an exceptional student who is well versed in IT in general and SAP in particular

    But later:

    To demonstrate your presentation skills you have to produce a 1-3 minute video about SAP HANA or about how companies can solve big data problems with SAP HANA.

    As the testing is apparently all about HANA, why is this not called SAP HANA student mentor, since this seems to be all HANA all the time?  Please clarify.

    Thanks,

    Gretchen

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    1. Daniel von Dungen Post author

      Hello Gretchen,

      I understand your question and am also grateful for your interest. Maybe part of the answer to Fred’s question above also answers your question.

      SAP HANA currently is a focus topic for SAP University Alliances and also in the industry. Of course the focus changes from time to time and this will eventually also lead to a change in requirements.

      Chances are prettly low that a student who isn’t interested in technology or SAP at all will study SAP HANA.

      Also taking the effort to produce a video (that has to be accepted) is a proof of initiative, passion, ambition and demostrates the skill level at which the student is able to convey a complex matter in a structured and easily consumable way.

      I hope I could help you to understand the intention.

      Best regards

      Daniel

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      1. Stephen Johannes

        This description still sets off “red flags” for me as I am unable to discern how this is not market SAP HANA for SAP for “free” within your school! It just seems like an odd request for university students. Good luck regardless though!

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        1. Daniel von Dungen Post author

          Hello Stephen,

          There is no hidden agenda here from our side. I think it is pretty clear that some form of marketing is a benefit that SAP is getting out of this initiative. But we made it a win-win cooperation as much as possible.


          The student has a lot of benefits from it, so nothing is done “for
          free” as you put it.

          Maybe also as additional information. There are also competitors running similar programs. Actually most of them. You will easily find these on the web if you search for it. We did thorough research and were in touch with former participant of similar programs to find out how valuable it is and how we could provide an attractive offer to prospect participants.

          Thank you for your good wishes.

          Daniel

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      2. Kumar Mayuresh

        Hello Daniel,

        I don’t agree with your statement :

        Chances are prettly low that a student who isn’t interested in technology or SAP at all will study SAP HANA.

        As far as SAP HANA is concerned it fits everywhere (Non – SAP and SAP) and with most of the education discipline, moreover many students from healthcare,bioinformatics and from application side not particularly a developer might be interested to learn and understand SAP HANA from a application user perspective. So there is huge chance that student might not want to get into core development of SAP but might be interested in SAP HANA and can help core developers to develop solutions to leverage HANA.

        Also please clear the confusion is there any basic requirements to be “SAP Student Mentor” like  — student must belong to Computer Science or Information Technology discipline, or any Student enrolled in (Bachalors, Masters, MBA, PhD etc) with any discipline can apply for Student SAP Mentor.

        Regards

        Kumar

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  3. Vasanth S

    Hi Daniel,

    My requirement is simple.. I am not  a student. An SAP professional with 2+ yrs of experience. I am very interesting to become an SAP student mentor and plan to visit some institutions to spread about SAP. Can I eligible for this Mentor program?

    Best, Vasanth S

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    1. Daniel von Dungen Post author

      Hello Vasanth,

      I am delighted to hear about your interest. Unfortunately the program is just open to enrolled students. It doesn’t matter though if it is a Bachalors, Masters, MBA, PhD program etc.

      Best Regards

      Daniel

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  4. Daniel Driess

    Hi Daniel,


    We are pretty fascinated by this initiative, and for sure will apply.


    Our situation here is the following: We are 2 students from the Technische Universität München, very very interested in SAP and also working at the SAP UCC Munich. So here is the question: would it be possible for us to apply as a team?


    Thank you!


    Best regards

    Daniel & Tim

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      1. Daniel Driess

        Hi Daniel,

        I was wondering whether there is a deadline for applying as SAP Student Mentor. Also, can you say how long it might take once we uploaded our video to be accepted?

        Thanks!

        Best

        Daniel

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        1. Daniel von Dungen Post author

          Hello Daniel,

          there is no deadline, as it is an ongoing program. But as the SAP Student Ambassadors have the chance of special involvement in events you lose the opportunity to get invited to events as time passes.

          After having submitted a video it takes up to four weeks till legal matters are setteled and you get a decision if you can take the test.

          Best regards

          Daniel

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      1. Pradeep Sellamuthu

        Hi Daniel,

        It is really good to hear about SAP HANA ramp up among students.May I know which universities in US or other countries are opting for SAP HANA in their curriculum for Masters Program.

        Regards

        Pradeep

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  5. Yashal Kanungo

    Greetings Daniel,

    Could you please acquaint me with a tentative date till which I can apply on the lines of this procedure. How “soon” would the setup probably change? 

    Warm Regards .

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    1. Daniel von Dungen Post author

      Hello Yashal,

      Thank you for your interest. I cannot give you a precise date. But you should expect a change within the next 3 months.

      Best regards

      Daniel

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  6. Siddharth Gautam

    Hi Daniel,

    Could you please update me regarding the current status of this program, is it still running or has it expired. Secondly regarding SAP HANA, it itself is very vast, so what level of expertise is required before attempting the multiple choice test & also were can we prepare for the same?


    Thanks

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