2021 Civic Digital Fellowship
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The Civic Digital Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind internship program for innovative students to solve pressing problems in federal agencies.
Civic Digital Fellows are mission-driven software engineers, data scientists, product managers, and designers who innovate at the intersection of technology and public service.
COVID-19 Update: Coding it Forward is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on in-person work, events, and travel. Our hope is to bring Civic Digital Fellows to Washington, D.C. in Summer 2021—pending the availability of a broadly distributed vaccine and the remote work status of our federal partners—but our team is equally prepared to offer a robust remote Fellowship experience.
High Impact Work
Make a difference. You’ll tackle high impact work at your host agency, building products and services on behalf of the American people. From machine learning models to UX overhauls, past Fellows’ projects have saved millions of dollars and cut years from production timelines. Discover what previous Fellows have created on GitHub.
Be inspired by new role models. You’ll learn from industry leaders through virtual programming with organizations like the U.S. Digital Service, 18F, Upsolve, and Nava PBC. Additionally, you’ll meet one-on-one with a mentor in the civic tech community to expand your network and build your skills.
Meet your new best friends. The Fellowship cohort is a dynamic and diverse collection of young people passionate about social impact technology. You’ll build a strong community together and form bonds that last long after the ten weeks end.
Due to federal hiring regulations, all Fellows must be U.S. Citizens. You will also be required to undergo a background check and security clearance process. Don’t worry, all of our Fellows have been through it before.
Fellows must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher learning. Unfortunately, first years who have yet to complete coursework at their university are ineligible to apply.
Fellows should be graduating no earlier than December 2020.
In the past, strong applicants have demonstrated previous involvement in the “tech for good” space, whether they were leaders of a campus club, volunteers in their local communities, or contributors to open source projects. If you don’t have this experience, however, do not let it stop you from applying.
Coding it Forward is committed to assembling a diverse cohort of Civic Digital Fellows. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
In compliance with applicable laws, Coding it Forward provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Please reference our application FAQs if you have any questions and contact email@example.com if your question is not listed. See also this blog post, where former Fellows answer applicant questions about their experiences.