Are you into big data, crowdsourcing, or other areas of digital strategy? The White House is looking to tap you – it just launched open applications for the third round of its Presidential Innovation Fellows program (PIF).
As one of the folks in the first class of PIFs, I wanted to share my experience with the program – and some (hopefully) helpful tips on how to put your best foot forward when applying.
Apply. You won't regret it.
It's the people. Seriously. You're going to meet some of the smartest, nicest, coolest people of your entire life. The White House provided serious air cover, and so many people (both inside the White House, and outside) took us DC newbies under their wings and helped us learn the town and the ways of government. And everyone involved did everything in their power to set us up for success.
Don't underestimate the power of prepping for this. As I said in a White House blog post and video spot, I didn't think I had a chance in hell of getting it. But I did, and I've shared my prep process below.
Was it worth it? Yes. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. These other 17 fellows from Round 1 are like family now, and yes, when I heard US CTO Todd Park on NPR last year talking about the fellowship, my heart burst with pride and tears sprung to my eyes. This is the real deal.
So I’ve (hopefully) convinced you the program is worth it. Now, how can you get in?
3 Tips for Applying
Being a PIF was incredible – there’s nothing quite like it out there. It was so rewarding to serve my country, knowing you're helping people at a national level while aiming to save lives, fuel job creation, and save taxpayer money.
About the author: Kara leads brand and innovation experiences for the Intuit PR team. US CTO Todd Park called her one of the "the baddest of the badass innovators,” and her 2nd grade teacher wrote on her report card: "Kara likes to talk. A lot.” She’s still trying to figure out if there’s a connection between the two. (When she’s not searching for great blue cheese.) Twitter: @CaliforniaKara.