A first-of-its-kind technology, data science, and design internship program for innovative students to solve pressing problems in federal agencies. 

It's no secret that the government workforce is aging. Over one-third of federal employees are eligible to retire in the next five years, and current hiring mechanisms are struggling to recruit young, tech-savvy Americans. 

That's why we built the Civic Digital Fellowship, a new pipeline into public service for technology students.

The application deadline for our 2019 cohort has been ended. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch for next year!

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Our Model

10 weeks. 6 federal agencies. 1 amazing summer.

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Meet the Fellows

2018 | 2017

Full alumni directory to come soon.
In the meantime, check out their work.

Get Involved

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For Students

The 2019 application period has been ended. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch for next year!


For Agencies

Get in touch to join our growing list of federal agencies for Summer 2020.



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Who can apply for the program?
The Civic Digital Fellowship is open to anyone enrolled full-time in an accredited institution of higher learning, or graduating no earlier than Winter 2018.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
Yes, due to federal hiring regulations, you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Join our newsletter and Facebook group for other opportunities for both non-citizens and citizens alike.

When is the Fellowship?
10 weeks spanning from the first week of June to mid-August. The Fellowship is only offered during the summer.

Can I start late or end early?
Due to security clearance and onboarding procedures, we are unable to change the program’s start or end dates.

Where does the program take place?
All Fellows will be based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Can I apply to more than one position?
We ask that candidates only apply to one position so we can review your application in context. Don’t worry if you have an interdisciplinary skillset — you’ll have a chance to wear many hats during the Fellowship.

Could you tell me more about the interview process?
Our team will review your application, and if we think you may be a great Fellow, we’ll invite you to a first round interview with our team. If you are selected for agency review, our partners will conduct additional interviews to evaluate your fit with their team and project.
Will I get to choose which government agencies I interview with and am considered for?
No, we’ll do the matching for you. Fellowship placement is ultimately based on your skillset, interests, and the needs of the agency.

What agencies are hosting Fellows?
This year, Fellows will have a chance to work with over 8 federal agency partners, including: 

  • Health and Human Services

  • Census Bureau

  • Veterans Affairs

  • General Services Administration

  • Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • with more announcements to come!

How many Fellows will be accepted?
While we would love to offer a spot to all of our incredible applicants, we unfortunately have limited capacity. For reference, we placed 14 Fellows in 2017, 36 Fellows in 2018, and expect continued growth in the coming years.

What types of projects did former Fellows work on?
You can check out projects from past cohorts on our GitHub.

Have another question and missed out on the info sessions?
Check out the recording here and slides here to learn more about the application timeline and get advice from past Fellows! Any other questions can be directed to recruiting@codingitforward.com.