Entry-level tech talent the focus of GSA’s new Digital Corps fellowship
First there was the Presidential Innovation Fellowship, then 18F and the U.S. Digital Service.
Now in an effort to improve the pipeline of entry-level tech talent into the federal government, the Biden administration will create the U.S. Digital Corps, a two-year, paid fellowship for budding IT professionals.
The program is designed for entry-level talent with software engineering, data science, design, cybersecurity and other critical IT skills to launch their careers in public service and make a quick impact on government programs, the General Services Administration said Monday.
Fellows from undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as tech apprenticeships, boot camps and certificate and reskilling programs, are eligible to apply. Applicants don’t need to have prior full-time IT job experience, according to the Digital Corps’ new website.
Applications for the U.S. Digital Corps will open in the fall, and the agencies expect to hire 30 fellows to begin work this upcoming fiscal year.
Digital Corps fellows will work for one of a handful of “host” agencies, which include GSA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the administration said.
GSA will match new Digital Corps at an agency based on their skillsets, where they’ll work on projects related to the COVID-19 response, racial equity, climate change, health care and economic recovery.
The U.S. Digital Corps will also launch a dedicated professional development and learning curriculum, designed to help fellows become better problem-solvers and “more effective in creating impact in government and other large organizations,” according to the program’s website.