Code for America’s City Fellowship applications are officially open and we know the competition to enlist the fellows will be fierce. For those of you who are new to Code for America, here’s a brief summary of the Fellowship:
Code for America’s Fellowship is a one year program where developers, designers and researchers are embedded in local government to work alongside local public servants building apps, fostering new approaches to problem solving, and tackling community issues.
In the last three years of the program, teams have worked on access to social services, alternatives to incarceration, economic development and public engagement. The immediate impact of the Fellowship program may be measured in app users or number of times an app is deployed, but apps are just the beginning. Our 20 alumni fellowship cities have released 1000+ open data sets, spurred the growth of dozens of new civic hacker communities, instituted progressive new policies and created entire departments for innovation. We know that the 2015 class will be every bit as successful in their efforts.
Tips for Success
Typically successful city applicants had ongoing conversations with Government Relations Director Luke Norris (luke[at]codeforamerica.org) between January and March. If your city is interested in Code for America and exploring how the fellowship can assist you in achieving your goals and outcomes, please contact him at your earliest convenience. Other useful resources to review before submitting an application include:
- Alumni City Pages
- Fellowship FAQ
- Organizational Overview
- Videos from team Louisville, team Oakland and team Kansas.
Apply for the Fellowship
We’re excited to work with our upcoming city partners in tackling our nation’s toughest issues. Enlist the fellows and help us redesign a government that is by the people, for the people, for the 21st century.