Civic Digital Fellowship, Coding it Forward (Remote)


The Civic Digital Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind internship program for innovative students to solve pressing problems in federal agencies.

Civic Digital Fellows are mission-driven software engineers, data scientists, product managers, and designers who innovate at the intersection of technology and public service.

For the first time ever, we’re launching a Fall Fellowship in response to the effects of COVID-19 on university campuses. The Fall Fellowship will take place virtually from October to December. Just like our in-person Fellowship, students will receive a competitive stipend ($6,000+), one-on-one mentorship, and access to exclusive professional and community programming. More information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our website.

High Impact Work

Make a difference. You’ll tackle high impact work at your host agency, building products and services on behalf of the American people. From machine learning models to UX overhauls, past Fellows’ projects have saved millions of dollars and cut years from production timelines. Discover what previous Fellows have created on GitHub.

Professional Development

Be inspired by new role models. You’ll learn from industry leaders through virtual programming with organizations like the U.S. Digital Service, 18F, Upsolve, and Nava PBC. Additionally, you’ll meet one-on-one with a mentor in the civic tech community to expand your network and build your skills.

Cohort-Based Community

Meet your new best friends. The Fellowship cohort is a dynamic and diverse collection of young people passionate about social impact technology. You’ll build a strong community together and form bonds that last long after the ten weeks end.


Due to federal hiring regulations, all Fellows must be U.S. Citizens. You will also be required to undergo a background check and security clearance process. Don’t worry, all of our Fellows have been through it before.

Fellows must be currently enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning, with the exception of the Fall 2020 quarter or semester, during which you must be taking a leave of absence.

Fellows should be graduating no earlier than October 2020. Unfortunately, first years who have yet to complete coursework at their university are ineligible to apply.

In the past, strong applicants have demonstrated previous involvement in the “tech for good” space, whether they were leaders of a campus club, volunteers in their local communities, or contributors to open source projects. If you don’t have this experience, however, do not let it stop you from applying.


For more information and to apply, click here. Apply by August 3, 2020.

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