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.Start your application
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.
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.
Got Questions? We've got answers
The fellowship team will be hosting monthly office hours. Mark your calendar:
May 28th @2pm PST, June 23rd @3pm PST and July 14th @2pm PST
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.