For those who don't know, the Microsoft Student Partner programme (MSP) is a faction of Microsoft represented by just under 1,400 university students from over 100 countries around the world (although the figures do seem to shift quite a lot from time to time), all interested about Microsoft technologies, their products, and engaging in careers in technology.
The MSP programme is ideal for those who are interested in technology, Microsoft products (although not absolutely necessary, but it'd be good if you didn't completely hate them), want something great on your CV/resume, willing to connect with your peers on issues, enjoy presenting and talking about technology, and have at least one specialism in a Microsoft product; whether it's software development or not. Not only that, you get thrown in a whole load of benefits like free software, subscriptions to all the latest gear, tickets to events like Mix:UK and according to the website, "training events hosted by Microsoft speakers and industry specialists - with your travel paid for".
Now comes the apology - because I didn't have this blog a month or so ago, I wasn't able to give you all a heads up. In some areas like the United Kingdom, the closing date has been extended to, in some cases, 30th June 2008 which gives you almost a whole month to think about applying. You may wish to check out the MSP website and check your locale as you may still be able to apply. For UK users, check out the Academic Alliance pages and download the application form.
If you think you can do better - apply, because the chances are you probably could. Good luck!