Apply now for the

Civic Digital Fellowship

The Civic Digital Fellowship is a fully-funded data science and technology internship program in federal agencies — the first of its kind.

Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 28, 2017. Read the job description and apply below!

How to apply

Please follow these instructions very carefully. We will not accept your application unless you follow all the instructions! All uploaded files should be in PDF format.

  1. Read the job description to learn more about the Fellowship.
  2. Visit the Washington Center’s application portal and start an application.
  3. After registering as a new user, log in, and click "Internship" under the "Start a New Application" panel on the left.
  4. Under the question "Please select the option for which you wish to be considered", select the "Federal Diversity Internship Initiative." Wait until the option to select year shows up, then select "2017." Wait until the option to select term shows up, then select "Summer Quarter".
  5. In the "How did you hear about this" section, choose "Other" and write "Civic Digital Fellowship." We will not consider your application unless you type exactly "Civic Digital Fellowship" (without the quotes.)
  6. At the bottom of the "application options" page, choose the checkbox for "U.S. Census Bureau."
  7. The "Proof of Citizenship Document" is optional. (Remember, though, that you must be a US citizen to apply.)
  8. For your resume and statement of professional interest, be sure to hit "Upload"!
  9. In your statement of professional interest, don’t follow the instructions on the application. Instead, please just answer the following questions:
    1. Which of the positions do you fit best, and why? Again, the positions are data scientist/software engineer, product manager, designer, and data journalist. Refer to the position descriptions for more information. (1-2 sentences)
    2. Describe an exciting software project you’ve built, a product you’ve shipped, or something you’ve written. Include any relevant links! (3-4 sentences)
    3. What are some unique, relevant skills and experiences, technical or otherwise, that you would bring to this internship? (2-3 sentences)
  10. You do not need to mail in an official transcript (although you can if you like.) Instead, upload your unofficial transcript to this Dropbox folder.
  11. You do not need to submit letters of recommendation. If the system won’t let you submit the application without adding references, you can name Neel Mehta ( and Chris Kuang ( as references.
  12. Sign up for the mailing list, if you haven’t already, because that’ll be how we get in touch with you about next steps.


Our timeline is rolling, and as such we strongly recommend applying as soon as possible. Here are the key dates:

  • Applications are open as of Monday, April 10, 2017.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all eight positions are filled, which will be no later than Friday, April 28, 2017.
  • After you submit your application, you will go through a preliminary round of screening. Selected candidates will be interviewed by mentors starting on Thursday, April 13, 2017 (again, on a rolling timeline.)
  • You will be notified of your offer status shortly after your interview.

Our timeline is subject to change at any time without notice.


Applicants must be current undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university. Due to federal hiring policies, we unfortunately cannot hire students who are not citizens of the United States. All candidates who receive offers will need to pass a lightweight security clearance.

Learn more

To learn about the Civic Digital Fellowship's open positions, timelines, benefits, and more, read the job description!

Civic Digital Fellowship job description

Get in touch

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chris Kuang at ckuang [at] college [dot] harvard [dot] edu.