Several of the 2017 Civic Digital Fellows are pictured with Nick Sinai.
This summer was a perfect example of what happens when great people are mixed together and empowered to do interesting work.
Having the students drive the program forward has been key, because we know when they go back to their respective universities, they’ll be able to convey their experience in the most accurate way possible to their classmates...There’s no reason we can’t have a cohort-based summer program for the government that competes with the summer programs at top tech companies.
Jeff Meisel (middle back) with some of the fellows at the Census Innovation Fair.
Andrea Chen (R) discovers her project assignment for the summer.
The work we do as Civic Digital Fellows is of the utmost importance. With our knowledge from school, experiences in the private sector, and optimistic outlooks, we bring new perspectives to D.C.. Innovation often needs disruption and our presence is a step in that direction.
I had to ask myself if I would I rather be working at a startup that caters to the top 5% or with a federal agency that literally counts every person in America...We need top technologists to be working on some of the nation’s biggest challenges and become the next generation of government innovators.
Mariam Baqai (front row, right) and other fellows visiting with Matt Cutts, the Acting Administrator of the United States Digital Service.
Anna Wang (R) presents on Demo Day at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
For me, I’m thankful for this opportunity and am ready to go back into the private sector to take a breath and to get more experience. I’ve definitely been inspired to come back in the future and use the skills I’ve gained to serve the American people.