Coding it Forward's Pipeline Program

The Pipeline Program connects top students with unpaid technology and data science internships in federal agencies.

Designed to be a supplement to Coding it Forward’s Civic Digital Fellowship, the Pipeline Program helps students, especially underclassmen, make real-world impact and learn what it's like to be a technologist in the public sector.

Applying is quick and painless — just drop your resume and we'll put it directly in the hands of senior leaders at federal agencies. No networking needed, and no more throwing your resume into a black hole.

Apply now!

Host Agencies

We will be connecting students with internships at the following agencies. Internships will be filled on a rolling basis until May 1st. As such, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible!


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA will be hiring two technology and data science interns for summer 2017. All applicants are welcome.

The EPA will provide mentorship, any necessary training, and the opportunity to attend meetings and other internal events to gain a better sense of the agency’s work. Interns will also be given the opportunity to showcase and present their work as the summer progresses.


Dates

10 weeks, likely beginning in mid-June

Location

EPA Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20460

Benefits

This position is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding from their home university.


Projects

Interns will be matched with projects according to their interests. Below are some examples.

  1. Data Visualization Dashboard: Use data visualization techniques to create data-driven products and analysis for the EPA and partners. Knowledge of data visualization concepts and tools is desirable as well as a willingness to wrangle with data and create a visually appealing product.
  2. Accessible Maps and Geospatial Applications: Work to make EPA maps and applications more accessible to the public. Experience with cartographic or graphic design is desirable as is the willingness to create user guides or training materials.
  3. Envirofacts Redesign User Interface: Help to modernize the look and feel of Envirofacts, an EPA tool with over 15 million pageviews a year. Strong UI/UX testing experience is a plus.
  4. Improve EPA Search: Collect linkages between industry codes and regulations to later support visualizations and natural language queries that look for connections between our regulations and improvements in the environment. Script writing to help crawl web content might be a plus!
  5. Visualize EPA Data: Propose and/or create visualizations of EPA air, water and land data to help the public understand environmental conditions in their neighborhoods. Language skills, creativity, and knowledge of data visualization tools would be helpful.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS will be hiring six technology and data science interns for summer 2017. Due to IRS hiring limitations, only Harvard students can apply.

The IRS is offering mentorship and cannot confirm speakers or workshops at this time but is open to the possibility.


Dates

10 weeks, from 6/5 – 8/11

Locations

  • 1111 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC
  • 77 K Street NE, Washington
  • New Carrollton Federal Building, Lanham, MD

Benefits

This position is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding from their home university.


Projects

The IRS is looking for one intern for each of the following projects.

  1. IRS.gov Relaunch: Use agile product development methodologies and site performance data to help create the next version of IRS.gov. Skills with web development and agile methodologies are recommended.
  2. Innovate IRS: 2017 Crowdsourcing Competition: Plan, structure, and organize the IRS’s next crowdsourcing competition to get great ideas about improving IRS apps from the American people. Strong communication and organization skills are needed.
  3. IRS Nationwide Tax Forums: Design a system for IRS employees to use to gather feedback from tax professionals at conferences across the country, and implement systems to analyze and visualize this data. Data science and visualization skills are recommended.
  4. IRS Affordable Care Act: Research the impact that the ACA’s employer insurance mandate has on the incomes of small employers. Data analysis and research skills are a plus.
  5. IRS Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Wages vs Self-Employment Income: Research the effect of removing self-employment income from the Earned Income Tax Credit calculation. Data analysis and research skills are a plus.
  6. Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics: Use statistical models to analyze taxpayer responses to an IRS audit. Statistical training, research skills, and work ethic are recommended.

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The VA will be hiring one to three technology and data science interns for summer 2017. All applicants are welcome.


Dates

10 weeks, likely beginning in mid-June

Location

Department of Veterans Affairs, 425 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Benefits

This position is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding from their home university.


Projects

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on being able to have 1-3 interns for summer 2017. More information coming soon! Some example projects include:

  1. Predictive Decision Drafting: Drawing on a corpus of over a million past decisions, use natural language processing and machine learning to identify ways of surfacing useful information and reusable text to attorneys as they draft decisions.
  2. More: Coming soon!

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We are working to finalize internship positions at the following agencies:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of State
  • US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
  • The OpenGov Foundation

If you're interested in applying to any of these agencies, apply now and check the box that says you wish to be considered for positions at other agencies.

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Eligiblity

Applicants must be current undergraduate 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. In addition, some agencies might have additional criteria for eligibility.


More opportunities

If you're interested in a fully-funded fellowship with housing, mentorship, and other benefits, we suggest applying for the Civic Digital Fellowship as well!


Get in touch

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chris Kuang at ckuang [at] college [dot] harvard [dot] edu. Agencies: please contact Chris if you wish to be part of Coding it Forward's Pipeline Program!