Are you a developer, designer, or product manager looking for an opportunity to use your skills for the public good? Apply to become a Code for Canada fellow by July 2, 2018 at 9 p.m. EDT.
Code for Canada is a national nonprofit that enables governments and communities across the country to use technology and design to make life better for Canadians. We work across sectors to build empathy, enable collaboration, and create opportunities for knowledge exchange.
The Code for Canada fellowship supports digital professionals for ten month placements with hosting government teams. We match developers, designers, and product managers with government teams to rapidly deploy technology that is easy to use, grounded in user research, and refined through iterative prototyping.
Over the course of the project, fellows immerse themselves in the project, researching user needs, meeting with stakeholders, proposing solutions, and collaborating with the government to build technology using an iterative approach, centered around the needs of users.
Fellowship teams will work closely with project owners in the hosting ministry. For more information in regards to specific ministries and challenges, feel free to visit codefor.ca/apply.
Fellows spend four days a week inside government, and one day a week offsite.
Fellows will have the ongoing support of Code for Canada staff, and their work will be featured in regular blogs, open houses and showcases.
Being a Code for Canada fellow is a big job—and highly rewarding. Here’s what a successful applicant will look forward to:
We’re looking for people who are:
Adaptable: There is no real “typical day” as a fellow. While teams will define some sprint plans and decision making processes, things can change on the fly. The Fellowship requires occasional evening or weekend work, and may include travel.
Able to work independently: You are self-motivated and know to ask for help when you need it. Skilled communicators: Our fellows are highly skilled at communicating about their work to non-experts, with empathy and clarity.
Fellowship teams are composed of three people, with primary skills in software development, user experience design, and product management. Additional experience in GIS, data science, community organizing, non-profit, government, and policy work is highly desired. Experience in government is not expected or required.
We recognize that many applicants have multidisciplinary skillsets. We ask that applicants identify their strongest skillset when applying; we’ll provide opportunities to showcase additional experience throughout the application processes. Here are some of the core competencies we’ve identified for each primary skillset.
To apply, visit codefor.ca/apply
Code for Canada values an environment that is not only free of discrimination, but that also respects difference and allows employees to bring their whole selves to work. We encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply.