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.

Meet our 2019 Fellows on Medium and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when applications launch for the 2020 Fellowship.

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Our Model

10 weeks. 6 federal agencies. 1 amazing summer.

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Meet the Fellows

Check out their work and learn more about the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Fellows.

Get Involved

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For Students

Be the first to know when we launch summer 2020 applications later this year.


For Agencies

Get in touch to join our growing list of federal agency partners.



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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.

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.