The Civic Digital Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind model that empowers early-career technologists to explore careers in public service through a 10-week internship. Over 300 Fellows have served at 12 federal agencies since our launch at the U.S. Census Bureau in 2017.

Recognizing the importance of empowering talent to serve at all levels of government, we launched the Civic Innovation Corps in 2021 to create opportunities for early-career technologists to serve with their skills in local and state governments across the country. This past summer, 55 Corps Fellows served at 19 host offices across six cities and three states.

Fellows in both programs have the opportunity to:

  • Make a difference and develop solutions in service of their fellow Americans

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the public interest technology ecosystem

  • Grow personally and professionally with a cohort of mission-driven peers

2022 Dates and Location
Our 2022 programs will take place for 10 weeks—from June 13 until August 20, 2022. Our host office partners will remain primarily remote due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of Department of Defense agencies. Depending on the public health situation, there may be an opportunity to gather in person.

Areas of Practice

We recruit Fellows across four areas of practice: software engineering, data, design, product management. Complete descriptions are available for review.

Fellows have the chance to wear many hats over the course of the summer and often use several skill sets. You’ll have an opportunity to indicate your preferences in your application.

Software Engineering

  • Front-End Engineering
  • Back-End Engineering
  • Full-Stack Engineering


  • Data Analysis
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Science


  • Graphic/Visual Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • User Research


  • Product Management

About Coding it Forward

Coding it Forward is a nonprofit by and for young people creating new opportunities and pathways into social impact and civic technology. CIF organizes the Civic Digital Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind technology internship program for innovative students to solve pressing problems in federal agencies, and the First Act Fund, a catalytic source of funding and support for young technologists with innovative ideas.