Powercoders Lausanne is having programs on an ongoing basis. It is addressed to the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

The timeline for the next batch:

Application: June - July 19
Preparation and probation: August - September 19
Coding school in Lausanne: September - December 19
IT internship: From January 2020

We accept applications on an ongoing basis for the program starting early 2020.

Apply as

  • Participant

    Are you a refugee eager to find your way to the IT industry?

    What we expect

    • Passion for IT and technology
    • English fluency
    • Commitment
    • Full-time availability

    What we offer

    • Three month intensive programming course
    • Additional support with laptop, food, and transportation if needed
    • Coaching programme
    • Access to an internship lasting between 6 and 12 months


  • Coach

    Our participants need more than technical knowledge to successfully find their way into the IT industry. That’s why our program includes coaching. Each participant is accompanied by one volunteer coach.

    Are you a local willing to support a refugee achieve his / her professional goals? Are you keen to gain and practice your coaching skills?

    What to expect

    • Be matched with a participant by the end of the school phase
    • Get ready by several coaching workshops
    • Meet your coachee regularly during their internship and help them to achieve their goals


    • You connect well to people from diverse cultures
    • You have a good understanding of the Swiss labour market and work culture
    • You can commit to invest time for (bi-)weekly meetings with your coachee

    As soon as you apply, we will contact you asap for the next steps.

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  • Trainer

    Teachers in the classroom are supported by volunteer trainers (2+ half day commitment) to to help answer questions from the student group and provide 1:1 support during exercises.

    If you are an IT professional, like to support our participants solving IT challenges and like to work in teams, join us.

    What to expect

    • A classroom of students eager to learn
    • An opportunity to stretch your own knowledge by answering questions


    • You have an understanding of some web development technologies (Javascript, CSS, HTML, Frameworks, Python, SQL, etc)
    • We match your skills to the time in the programme where that material is covered
    • No prior teaching experience required


  • Company

    If you are an IT company, an agency or an IT department in Romandie, are eager to support a refugee during an internship and are eventually able to offer an IT job in the long-run, join us. For more information, have a look at our slide deck.

    For the next batch, we have the following schedule:

    • Career Day on November 5, 2019
    • 2nd Interviews in November, 2019
    • Start internship by January, 2020

    You must apply via the link below. We will contact you soon to schedule a meeting or a call.


Team Lausanne

Magaly Mathys

Magaly Mathys
Industry Lead

Coline Sauzet

Coline Sauzet
Social Lead

Sorin Paun

Sorin Paun
Teaching Lead