Code for America's Fellowship program pairs teams of technologists with local governments for one year to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, safety and justice and communications and engagement. Applications for 2016 are now closed but let us know you're interested to stay in touch.

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The Fellowship was transformative. The cities changed us, and we changed them. They now have Innovation Departments, open data policies, and civic hacking volunteers. And we learned how to take our work — our design, coding, and organizing skills — and apply it to something we love: improving our cities.

ANDREW HYDER, 2013 Fellow on Team Kansas City

Fix Things that Matter

What: The Code for America fellowship is a full-time paid year of service for experienced technologists. Cross-functional teams of three are embedded in local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice.

Why: The Fellowship is your chance to use your skills to directly impact everyday people’s lives. Fellows have improved the permitting processes for small business owners, made it easy for parents to enroll their children in schools, connected families with food assistance, and helped people avoid unnecessary bench warrants.

Who: Fellows come from a range of fields including software development, design, data science, product management, and GIS. Fellows are curious, creative, entrepreneurial, and have a demonstrated commitment to teamwork and respectful communication. We welcome and support technologists from traditionally underrepresented communities. The one restriction: you must be eligible to work in the United States in 2016.

Where: Fellows are based in San Francisco with extensive travel to their assigned City, including a month of residency in February 2015.

When: The 2016 Fellowship begins on January 6th in San Francisco and runs through November 18th.

Fellowship Timeline

The Details

Salary: $50,000 — plus benefits and travel costs.

Location: Fellows work out of the Code for America headquarters at 155 9th St in San Francisco, and should expect to spend 25-30% of their time traveling.

Application Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will close on July 15, 2015. We will begin interviewing applicants in mid-June, and selections will be made by the end of August.

How to Apply: Start by submitting an interest form. Once complete, you will receive an email to complete a full application. The application asks for basic information, a resume, a few questions about your interest in becoming a fellow and about your background, and a quick skill assessment. Should you pass the first round, you will be contacted for follow up interviews.

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Have questions? Ask current and former fellows on GitHub or email fellowship-staff[at]codeforamerica.org.

Application Process

Our 2016 Class of Fellows

Meet the 18 fellows who will use their skills for public good in 2016. This year's fellows are taking leave from tech companies, start-ups, and their own businesses to help make government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century.

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  • Georgia Andrews

    New Orleans Team

    Georgia is a software engineer, Women Who Code San Francisco city director, and dedicated long-distance bike commuter. She spent the last four years building and tuning core applications for insurance...

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  • Amulya Aradhyula

    New York City Team

    Amulya is a user experience designer. She is passionate about making the world an easier place to navigate through design. Prior to Code for America, Amulya worked on bringing good design to the enter...

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  • Kevin Berry

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Kevin is a full stack engineer who is passionate about making technology education more accessible. He has mentored Bay Area youth in coding and technology through community outreach programs. He also...

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  • Kuan Butts

    Salt Lake County Team

    Kuan is a software developer who loves engineering transit and urban planning tools. Previously, Kuan worked on transit mapping and scenario modeling projects with the MIT Media Lab and the Singapore-...

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  • Stephanie Cain

    New Orleans Team

    Stephanie is a web designer originally from Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about the DIY movement, particularly as it applies to code and online shared resources. Prior to her work with Code for ...

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  • Pascal Carole

    New Orleans Team

    Pascal is a developer originally from Martinique. He spent his early career at Microsoft both as an engineer and a product manager. Most recently, Pascal led the engineering team at Do.com as the comp...

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  • Jessica Cole

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Jessica is a builder and a civic organizer. She believes that technology, at its best, creates neighborhoods out of people. Most recently, she served as Director of Outreach at Panorama Education to b...

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  • Rachel Edelman

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Rachel is a product designer from New York. After earning a degree in graphic design, she joined BuzzFeed, where she cultivated interests in online communities and usability. Other interests include c...

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  • Meredith Hitchcock

    Seattle Team

    Meredith is a user experience researcher and designer. Most recently, she worked on publisher support and internal tools for Google Play Newsstand. She holds a BA in Literature from Yale and a Masters...

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  • Keith Kurson

    New York City Team

    Keith is a web developer and social game creator from San Francisco. Originally from North Carolina, Keith is excited to join CfA and help government work at its full potential by using technology. Wh...

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  • Patrick McDonnell

    Long Beach Team

    Patrick is an urbanist, designer, and strategist. A proud University of Michigan grad, he uses his background in urban planning and higher education to shape cities forward and make urbanism accessibl...

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  • Katherine Nammacher

    Seattle Team

    Katherine is an independent consultant in UX research, project management, and marketing. She has worked in the arts and civic tech with Microsoft, the Exploratorium, and the Oakland Museum of Califor...

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  • Ben Peterson

    Salt Lake County Team

    Ben Peterson is a designer, researcher and educator who is passionate about improving access to information and services through design. Prior to Code for America, he led and contributed to social inn...

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  • Lisa Ratner

    Long Beach Team

    Lisa is a Urban Planning focused User Experience Designer. Most recently, she designed for RideScout, a transportation technology company that builds mobility tools. She has received a liberal arts ed...

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  • Mark Rossetti

    Long Beach Team

    Mark is a software engineer from San Jose, CA with an interest in making the world run a little more positively and efficiently. When time allows, he enjoys spending his time on music, rock climbing, ...

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  • Mike Rossetti

    Salt Lake County Team

    Mike is a civic technologist from Branford, Connecticut. He has prior experience as a business school professor, agile software engineer, political data analyst, and government technology consultant. ...

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  • Charlie Weems

    New York City Team

    Charlie is a front-end developer who is passionate about using technology for social justice and economic opportunity. He has previously worked for USAID in Tanzania, as well as at TechChange, where h...

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  • Grayson Wright

    Seattle Team

    Grayson is a design-minded full stack developer who loves solving human problems. During his time at thoughtbot, and previously as an independent freelancer, he's helped dozens of startups and establi...

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Meet our Previous Fellows

Our Work

RecordTrac

RecordTrac makes public records requests friendlier for the public and easier for governments to manage.

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BlightStatus

BlightStatus offers residents up-to-date information on the status of underutilized properties in their community.

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CourtBot

CourtBot is a texting app that allows residents to pay traffic tickets or get reminders about their court dates.

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Get in touch to learn more.

Reach out to us to discuss the fellowship program and how to bring the fellows to your government. Contact SaraT Mayer, Interim Chief Outcomes Officer, by email at stmayer[at]codeforamerica.org.

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Fellows have inspired creativity, collaboration, and new approaches to problem solving in local governments across the country. Stay in touch for opportunities in 2017.

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