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, and safety and justice.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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  • Alex Soble

    Somerville Team

    Alex is a starter and a coder. He loves technology that contributes to the public good and has built web products for both government and startups...

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  • Amir Hadjihabib

    Somerville Team

    Amir is a San Francisco based Product Designer and avid photographer. At Zendesk, he was part of the team that created the acclaimed Link-SF app...

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  • Andrew Schneider

    Vallejo Team

    Andrew is a full stack developer from Seattle who likes working on data visualization and geospatial problems. Before making the leap to software...

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  • Ben Golder

    RVA Community Partners Team

    Ben designs information, maps, and civic technology. He studied urban planning at MIT and architecture at UC Berkeley and has instructed designers...

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  • Ben Smithgall

    Pittsburgh Team

    Ben is a developer originally from Pittsburgh. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy, Ben worked on the digital and data teams...

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  • Chris Reade

    Indianapolis Team

    Chris is a software developer originally from Metro Detroit. Over the past four years he has worked in software delivery and process consulting...

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  • Emma Smithayer

    RVA Community Partners Team

    Emma is a software developer from Burlington, Vermont. Prior to joining Code for America, she worked on electronic medical records at athenahealth...

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  • Ernie Hsiung

    Miami-Dade County Team

    Ernie is a front-end developer and a community organizer with an interest in both actual and virtual communities. Born and raised in the Bay Area and living in Miami...

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  • Grant Smith

    West Sacramento Team

    Grant is a software developer from Madison, Wisconsin. After earning a degree in biomedical engineering, he developed a love for programming while working...

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  • Imanol Aranzadi

    West Sacramento Team

    Imanol Aranzadi is a front-end designer and developer from Caguas, Puerto Rico. A former practicing psychologist, Imanol loves mixing social sciences...

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  • Jazmyn Latimer

    Vallejo Team

    Jazmyn, a researcher and user experience designer, is interested in combining social science to solve problems and enhance lives through technology...

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  • Jennings Hanna

    Albuquerque Team

    Jennings Hanna believes that together we can make the world stronger through design. Prior to the CfA he’s been designing content and interactions for the NFL....

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  • Laura Ellena

    Indianapolis Team

    Laura is a user researcher who's interested in using technology to help people reach their goals. Most recently, she helped combine UX and Market Research to enable ModCloth...

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  • Mari Muraki

    Somerville Team

    Mari is a data lover and researcher hailing from New Jersey and moving west over the years: studying mathematics and statistics at the University of Chicago...

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  • Mathias Gibson

    Miami-Dade County Team

    Mathias is a public policy researcher passionate about social justice, urban citizenship and community. Most recently, he worked for the City of San Francisco's 311 office...

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  • Natasha Fountain

    West Sacramento Team

    Natasha is a designer from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She’s led the design of enterprise-level SaaS products, created typefaces, Tumblr themes...

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  • Nikki Zeichner

    Vallejo Team

    Nikki is a lawyer and a recent graduate of NYU Engineering School's Integrated Digital Media program. Before studying technology and design, Nikki worked as a criminal defense attorney...

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  • Patrick Hammons

    Pittsburgh Team

    Patrick is a map nerd and civic hacker passionate about making data more accessible both visually and through online applications...

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  • Tiffany Andrews

    Indianapolis Team

    Tiffany has 10 years of experience in politics and government administration and is a budding junior front-end developer....

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  • Sophia Dengo

    Miami-Dade County Team

    Sophia is a web developer and designer based in San Francisco, California. After spending a few years creating interactive interfaces for CNN.com in Atlanta...

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  • Sam Matthews

    RVA Community Partners Team

    Sam is a front-end web developer, designer, and cartographer. He helped create Situated Laboratories, a firm devoted to helping people explore and showcase their digital brand...

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  • Shelly Ni

    Pittsburgh Team

    Shelly is an interaction designer — someone who solves problems that happen over time. As a co-founder of Propel, she designed a food stamp application that works on any smartphone. For her MFA thesis, she created...

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  • William Tyner

    Albuquerque Team

    William is an anthropologist and designer. Recently, William worked for General Assembly where he led projects to increase diversity in the tech industry....

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  • Yaniv Zimet

    Albuquerque Team

    Yaniv is a software engineer specializing in front-end interactive web development. Most recently, Yaniv worked at Weather Underground building....

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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 Luke Norris, Director of Government Relations, by email at luke[at]codeforamerica.org or call 816-200-8925.

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Fellows have inspired creativity, collaboration, and new approaches to problem solving in local governments across the country. We invite you to join our cause and apply.

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