FELLOWSHIP

 

FAQ

Background

Q: Do I need to be a student to apply?

You must be an undergraduate or graduate school student, or a recent graduate to apply.

Q: Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

Due to federal hiring regulations, you must be a U.S. citizen to work for a federal agency. That said, those who are not U.S. citizens can still apply on the same application for other opportunities at civic tech non-profits and the like.

Q: How long is the fellowship? 

The fellowship is 10 weeks long, and is tentatively scheduled from June 4, 2018 to August 10, 2018. We do not currently offer fall or spring semester opportunities. 

Q: Is the fellowship paid?

Yes, all fellows receive a generous stipend, housing, and transportation to-and-from D.C.

Application

Q: Do I need to know how to code?

If you are applying to a software engineering or data science role, you should be comfortable with languages such as Python, R, and/or Javascript. If you are applying to a product management or designer role, a technical foundation is highly encouraged. 

With this said, we encourage everyone to apply — even if you're still learning how to code or don't know how to. A passion for technology and a desire to deliver better government services cannot be understated. 

Q: If I was rejected last year, can I apply again? 

Absolutely! We look forward to seeing what you've done in the past year. 

Q: What traits are you looking for? 

You should have experience tackling problems with technology, commitment to designing with users, a collaborative attitude, and a willingness to cut through red tape — even when the going gets tough.

Fellowship

Q: Which agencies can I work at? 

We are proud to be partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of State, and Department of Health and Human Services for summer 2018. More partnerships are in the works, so keep your eyes peeled. 

Q: How do I indicate an agency preference? 

You will be able to indicate an agency preference in your application. However, we cannot guarantee placement at your top choice. We will take into account each agency's business needs when identifying a project that both leverages your skillset and allows you to create the most impact. 

Q: What projects will I work on?

Project assignments may vary by an agency's business needs. For examples of past fellowship projects, check out slides from our 2017 Demo Day presentations


Ready to apply?

 

The sooner you apply, the better. Applications are read on a rolling basis, so submit yours as soon as possible.