The White House launched a two-year fellowship Monday (August 30) designed to place early-career software engineers, data scientists, and other technologists at federal agencies. Dubbed the U.S. Digital Corps, the program is seen as a way to eventually recruit thousands of recent graduates across technical fields.
An initial cohort will launch with 30 fellows in the fall at more than five participating agencies including the General Services Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Fellows will be matched with agencies based on their skills and interests and mentored through a development curriculum with individual performance plans. Applications open in the fall.
Recruits will come from both leading undergraduate programs and alternative training pathways like apprenticeships, bootcamps, and certificate programs to make the cohort as diverse as possible. Currently, only 3% of the federal tech workforce is under age 30, and only 26% are women.
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