If you have a talent for using technology to really engage people, the Code for America fellowship may be the best way for you to make a real difference. It will push your limits, give you new skills and perspective, and it will be hugely rewarding. It’s about using your skills to give back. We’re a “Peace Corps for geeks” and to borrow their tagline: it will be the toughest job you’ll ever love.
Who are we looking for?
The average fellow is 30-years-old with some previous work experience and an interest in helping communities. Fellows from across the country come together from a variety of development, design, research and project management backgrounds. Code for America is committed to a diverse fellowship class. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Interested? Fill out this form and we’ll let you know when applications open.
How do I apply?
The application process begins in the Spring. Fill out this form to be notified when the process opens. When applications open, we’ll ask for info on your past experiences, links to your work and more info on your interest.
When will I know if I’ve made it?
Candidates advancing in the process will be asked for interviews and references. Here’s the application timeline:
- End of July: Application Deadline
- September: Selection Notification
- October: Public Announcement of Fellows
- January: Program Start
Where would I be working?
You’ll spend the majority of your time in Code for America HQ in downtown San Francisco where you’ll share resources across teams, train with mentors and learn from industry speakers. In the month of February, you’ll be embedded on-site in your assigned city, working with city officials and meeting with community members to achieve a deep understanding of community needs. These are learnings necessary for project development and in some cases fellows return to their cities again to collaborate with community stakeholders and city staff. (*Note: You will be asked for your top city partner choices once you’re selected for the fellowship, but city partners are not announced until after the July 31 fellowship application deadline)
Can non-US residents apply?
Code for America cannot sponsor work visas for international applicants. Non-US citizens with the necessary paperwork to participate in the year-long fellowship are welcome to apply.If you’re interested in civic hacking in your country check out our International Partnership Program.
Our fellows are happy to answer questions via Github. You can also shoot us an email at fellowship-staff[at]codeforamerica.org