Great take on apprenticeship from Chad Fowler and the folks at Living Social:
Today we’re launching a new program at LivingSocial called Hungry Academy. Hungry Academy is a five month intense entrepreneurial immersion that will take raw, hungry talented programmers (and aspiring programmers!) and develop them into ultra-productive software engineers. Those that make it through to the end will be offered a position on our development team and paired with a mentor from LivingSocial’s growing list of some of the industry’s most talented software engineers. Best of all, we will pay you to attend. Your job for five months is to take your craft and career to the next level.
Hunger definitely marks good programmers, right up there with laziness, impatience, and hubris.