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Applications are being Accepted for the 2019 Congressional Innovation Fellowship!
TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowships. The Congressional Innovation Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to change Congress by injecting desperately needed technological expertise into the Legislative Branch. The fellowship is a twelve-month residency on Capitol Hill, running from January to December, with an optional 13th month the following January. The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is an opportunity for early - mid career technology professionals to get hands on experience working in Congress and learn about the policymaking process.  The program embraces diversity and believes that a wide range of views, backgrounds and experience will contribute to improved policy outcomes.

As a Congressional Innovation Fellow 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 January 2019 to December 2019.
  • 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.
    • Researching 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 Fellows at meetings or events.

Applications for the program will be accepted through Sunday, September 9th. 

Find more information about the program and how to apply here: https://www.techcongress.io/what-were-looking-for/

We're also giving a diversity referral award to anyone that nominates or refers us to a fellow from an underrepresented community. https://www.techcongress.io/blog/2018/7/17/diversity-referral-award



Girls in Technology Committee is in Search of Volunteers to Support Many of its Programs

Communications Coordinator (1 or 2)

  • Responsible for managing GIT's social media (GIT blog, Facebook, Twitter and Linked in). Coordinate content for social channels based on GIT program and communications committee input.

The same or a second person is needed to:

  • Lead development of bi-weekly WIT Wire content, program promotional materials (ability to use graphics and layout pages in an appealing way a BIG plus) and write and coordinate blog posts. Manage archive of materials including photos and videos.

These are critical, hands-on roles for GIT!



CyberPatriots Program is seeking…

Committee Chair

  • Responsible for organizing volunteers who support school-based CyberPatriots teams. Ensure teams have mentors and know about available resources. Recruit team mentors. Lead STEM Trek planning, coordination, and marketing and communications including coordinating activities from STEM-serving opportunities.

Poolesville HS group mentor

  • Responsible for understanding the tools provided by the CyberPatriots program (about 4 hours) and meeting with girls twice a month for 2 hours each time (often between 3-6pm on weekdays and some weekend time) in addition to interacting with girls twice more per month remotely. A working knowledge of computers and familiarity with operating systems and computer networks is recommended. Mentors need not be cyber experts. An interest in education and some ability to teach young people is required

Mentor-Protégé Program is seeking...

Protégé Liaison (1) - Coordinate communications to protégés, walk them through getting started and answer questions as they arise. Needed Feb. 5th through mid-April. Primarily email. Phone calls at your discretion; take/make calls or handoff to another team member.

Outreach Liaison (4) - Coordinate communications to schools and other external organizations who might benefit from having girls involved in the program. Needed Feb. 5th through mid-April. Primarily email. Phone calls at your discretion; take/make calls or handoff to another team member.

STEM Experience Coordinator (2) - Responsible for outreach to coordinate internships, tours, job shadowing, lunches, hosted events/panels for DC, MD and VA Mentor/protege programs. Develop applications and coordinate STEM experience with participants and experience providers. Mostly remote work (email and phone-focused communications).

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, contact Paula Prettyman, [email protected].