Code for America Fellowships offer computer program developers, designers, UX/UI researchers, and project managers the opportunity to work alongside city and state officials in the U.S. for a year to produce open-source applications designed to improve the everyday experience of citizens with their local governments.
Fellows are based in the Code for America offices in San Francisco but make frequent trips with their teams to their host cities for needs assessment, research, and work with stakeholders. Each fellowship provides training and mentoring, a $50,000 stipend, a professional development budget, travel expenses, and healthcare benefits. Networking and similar events are usually arranged for fellows in each host community.
Candidates must be able to work in the U.S. for eleven months. Code for America welcomes applicants who represent the broad spectrum of American city-dwellers, including women and minorities who are often underrepresented in the field.
In the past, fellows have developed a variety of apps, including those tackling civic engagement, criminal justice, human services, and health and environmental issues. Candidates should be committed to improving the lives of everyday citizens interacting with their governments and also committed to Code for America’s open-source commitment.