applications for the 2018 Congressional Innovation Scholars program are now open!
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TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowships. We are bridging the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing tech savvy students like you-- enrolled in a Master's program or PhD-- to work with Members of Congress and Congressional Committees in order to build capacity in Congress, train cross-sector leaders -- who can understand the challenges of government and in the technology community -- and keep Congress up to date about the latest challenges and opportunities relating to technology.
As a Congressional Innovation Scholar you will:
- Work with TechCongress to choose a placement with a Member or Congress or Congressional Committee and report directly to a senior staffer (like a Chief of Staff or Staff Director) in that office from June through December 2018.
- Perform duties similar to other Congressional staff by applying your experience in technology to a variety of work, including:
- Researching relevant policymaking (on issues like encryption, autonomous vehicle regulations, health IT, government hacking, privacy, open data, cyber/data security and many others)
- Helping educate Members and staff about these issues.
- Writing legislation.
- Preparing for and organizing Committee hearings, markups, or investigations.
- Building coalitions with partners and other groups.
- Develop and produce a fellowship project on an issue of your choosing. Past projects include writing and introducing legislation, and organizing an association of tech staffers.
- Support TechCongress by writing about and presenting on your experience periodically, and represent TechCongress and the Congressional Innovation Scholars at meetings or events.
What we’re looking for in our Scholars:
- Currently enrolled in a technical degree program (Master's or PhD), or a recent graduate of said program.
- Tech savvy, with experience working in or studying the technology sector.
- Great interpersonal and communications skills.
- Some technical ability.
- Ability to explain technology to those that aren’t as familiar with technology tools or concepts.
- Track record of success taking initiative and working with others.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
- Committed to helping get Members of Congress and Congressional staff up to speed on technology issues.
- No experience working in or with government? Great! We're not looking for that. The Congressional Innovation Scholars program is an opportunity to expose technology leaders like you to Capitol Hill. It is first and foremost and educational experience, giving you a one-of-its-kind education into how Congress and the government works.
TechCongress is a two-year-old startup non-profit, incubated at the Open Technology Institute at New America. We've got great staff and advisors doing all we can to bridge the gap between government and the technology community. We are nonpartisan and work with a diverse set of political voices, and do not take positions on issues. We work hard in an intentional and productive manner, and have fun while we do it. We are building a new generation of technology leaders, and support our staff and fellows with professional development, networking, and freedom to tinker and test new ideas. Above all, we are vigilantly focused on adding value—to our people, our institutions and our society.
The first set of Congressional Innovation Fellows served with two of the most influential members of Congress—Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), former Ranking Member on the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee—and shaped the conversation on issues ranging from modernizing healthcare with technology to the Apple/FBI encryption debate.
The second set of Congressional Innovation Fellows served in bipartisan placements in the U.S. Senate. The fellows have had the opportunity to work for Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee; Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance; and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In these placements, the second class of Congressional Innovation Fellows are tackling issues from emerging technology and its impact on the United States’ economy to cybersecurity protocol in the legislative and executive branches.
Our third class of fellows is now starting their journey in Congress. Please visit our fellows page for information about their placements.
We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
TechCongress values an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and fellows and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.