Code for America's Fellowship program pairs teams of technologists with local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice.Become a Fellow
Code for America helped the City of Mesa increase the city’s capacity to approach tough issues and find ways to better engage and serve residents. CfA has helped prove that lean, iterative, data-driven approaches to building technology and user-centered design can make government work better.
MAYOR SCOTT SMITH, MESA, AZ
About the Program
The Code for America fellowship is an 11-month paid, full-time fellowship for experienced technologists. Fellows come from the fields of software development, design, data science, project management, GIS, and often more. They are embedded in local governments in cross-functional teams of three people, and work with their government partners to create a measurable impact on a local problem.
Fellows are based in San Francisco with extensive travel to their assigned city, and receive mentorship from top government and technology leaders. 2016 fellows will be selected by September, join their team in San Francisco in January, spend February in their host city, and divide the rest of their year between the two, with SF as a base. The fellowship ends at the Thanksgiving break.
Code for America actively seeks a diverse fellowship class with multiple perspectives, and invites applications from everyone. Our initial technical skill assessment is blind, to minimize the impact of unconscious bias. We welcome and support technologists from traditionally underrepresented communities. The one restriction: you must be eligible to work in the United States in 2016.
What We Look For
Strong candidates have a track record of delivery in their chosen field as well as a demonstrated commitment to teamwork and respectful communication. They are curious, friendly, and tenacious when faced with a challenge. They combine pride in their skills and desire to use them for good with genuine admiration for the work of government and the people who do it. Many fellows come to us with previous experience as volunteers civic tech, but many bring other interesting perspectives as well.
Have questions? Ask on Github or by emailing fellowship-staff[at]codeforamerica.org
Our 2015 Class of Fellows
Meet the 24 fellows who have committed a year to public service, using their skills for good. Want to join this list next year?
Meet our Previous Fellows
RecordTrac makes public records requests friendlier for the public and easier for governments to manage.
BlightStatus offers residents up-to-date information on the status of underutilized properties in their community.
CourtBot is a texting app that allows residents to pay traffic tickets or get reminders about their court dates.