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emoji of a pushpinWashington, D.C.emoji of a money bag$63,240 - $86,700emoji of a clockWed Aug 17 2022

Placing computer scientists, engineers, and other technologists as tech policy advisors to Members of Congress.

JOB DESCRIPTION

TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowship (mid-career) and Congressional Innovation Scholars Fellowship (early-career). 

These fellowships will place you among the top tech decision makers in the United States government at a time when technology is reshaping society in fundamental ways. Even if you've never considered working in government, you should apply. Our fellowships will allow you to make change at the highest levels and at a scale unparalleled in the private or public sectors.

We are bridging the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing tech savvy candidates like you 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 Fellow (mid-career) 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 through December 2023. Mid-career fellows will have the option of a one-month extension, through January 2024, to write about their experience and to provide extra time for a post-fellowship job search.
  • Perform duties similar to other Congressional staff by applying your experience in technology to a variety of work, including:
  1. Researching relevant policymaking (on issues like cyber and election security, data and biometric privacy, AI policy, autonomous vehicle regulations, health IT, encryption, disinformation, and many others).
  2. Helping educate Members and staff about these issues.
  3. Writing legislation.
  4. Preparing for and organizing Committee hearings, markups, or investigations.
  5. Building coalitions with partners and other groups.
  6. Support TechCongress by writing about and presenting on your experience periodically, and represent TechCongress and the Congressional Innovation Fellowship at meetings or events.

What we’re looking for in our mid-career Fellows:

  • At least seven years of work or postgraduate study.
  • Technical ability and training.
  • Tech savvy, with experience working in or studying the technology sector.
  • Great interpersonal and communications skills.
  • 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.

Our mid-career fellows receive a stipend of $86,700/year, with up to $11,000 in benefits (including a monthly healthcare reimbursement, relocation expenses, a professional development stipend, and a clothing stipend). 

We are also recruiting for our Congressional Innovation Scholars (early-career) Fellowship, our program for early-career professionals with between two to six years of experience (including recently finished or projected to finish a technical degree program, such as a Masters or PhD, by January 2023). Our early-career fellows will begin in January 2023 and serve their office through October 2023 and be paid an annual-equivalent stipend of $63,240 ($5,270/mo.) with almost $6,000 in benefits. 

No experience working in or with government? Great! We're not looking for that. The Congressional Innovation Fellowship 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.

Learn more about our fellowships here.

About TechCongress

TechCongress is a startup non-profit that was 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.

Fellows have served with the most influential offices in Congress on technology policy matters, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Oversight Committee.

Since 2016 we've sent 65 fellows to Congress who have done groundbreaking work including changing defense procurement rules to allow startups to better compete for contracts and support our servicemembers, helping draft the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee report on Big Tech, issuing House Modernization Committee’s recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient and transparent, managing the investigation into the allegations made by Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen, and working on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to ban imports from Xinjiang on the grounds of genocide and human rights abuses.

We hope you'll apply.

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.

INTERVIEW PROCESS

TechCongress seeks to prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our hiring processes. As a result, first-round screenings are always anonymous. This means that all personally identifiable information including gender, race, name, address, and political ideology is removed during the initial review. By doing anonymous review, we hope to remove conscious and unconscious biases from our review process.

1. ANONYMOUS REVIEW

To best remove bias from applications, all personally identifiable information is hidden to our reviewers. Each reviewer independently scores every applicant on a number of criteria. The scores are then averaged out and a senior TechCongress team member selects the top 10-20% of applicants for interviews.

2. FIRST-ROUND INTERVIEW

Each selected applicant goes through a video interview with 2-3 TechCongress team members. Every applicant is asked the same questions, and the interviewees score each candidate prior to discussing with one another to further eliminate biases. Prior to the interview, the TechCongress team will send a preparation guide to the applicants.

3. DELIBERATION

Once applicant interviews are scored, an external board of reviewers selects which candidates need a second-round interview.

4. SECOND-ROUND INTERVIEW

The final candidates go through a second-round interview before final offers are extended. These interviews are to further ensure that the candidates are a good fit for the program. Prior to the interview, the TechCongress team will send a preparation guide to the applicants.

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