On the heels of Code for America, the federal government is launching a new Tech Fellows Program to lure emerging, young talent into federal jobs. The two-year fellowship program allows recent master’s and doctoral graduates to receive top-of-the-notch training in rotational assignments across the federal government. The program was set up as part of the federal IT Reform Plan and is under the auspices of the Presidential Management Fellows Program.
“Once inside the Federal Government, the Tech Fellows will be given the challenge of working with the projects and complex systems that are only available when working in Federal IT, “says Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. “In my opinion, this is the competitive advantage that the Federal Government holds against the private sector.” Read more.
Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in computer science, computational mathematics, information technology, or information science, a graduate degree in an information technology discipline, and/or significant work experience in IT.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews