Programs

Public Interest Technology Summer Fellowship

Overview

  • The PIT SF program is aimed at rising juniors and seniors interested in getting first-hand experience working on technology policy at the federal, state and local level. We select between 16 and 20 students from universities across the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) to be a part of the program. Only applications from students attending schools in the PIT-UN will be considered.
  • Fellows will begin the fellowship with a virtual policy bootcamp led by Mihir Kshirsagar and Tithi Chattopadhyay. The bootcamp will educate students about law and policy, and will feature leading experts as guest speakers in the fields of computer science and policy. After the bootcamp fellows will travel to the host government agencies in different cities that our program has matched them with to spend approximately eight weeks working with the agency. 
  • Fellows will be embedded in the agency over the summer and get a real world experience of what it is like to work on cutting edge issues. We will have weekly virtual clinic-style seminars to support the fellows during their internships. At the conclusion of the summer, we host a wrap-up workshop in Princeton. 
  • The fellowship will provide students with a stipend and funds to defray reasonable travel costs. Please note that the stipend will be paid in two installments, one at the beginning of the internship and the final one at the end. Students must attend the wrap-up session to be paid the final installment. View the agenda from the 2022 Wrap-up Workshop.
  • CITP is committed to building a culturally diverse community, and we are interested in receiving applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in this field.

Important Dates

  • Information for the 2023 application period will be posted here once available.

Responsibilities

  • Attend the orientation, closing, and weekly seminars
  • Work a full-time schedule for approximately eight weeks with the agency

Locations (tentative)

  • Washington, D.C, New York, San Francisco, Denver, Austin, Boston

Requirements

  • Strong interest in technology policy
  • Strong communication skills

Application

  • The 2023 application will be posted here once available.

Current and Previous Fellows

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend a school that is part of the PIT-UN network?
Yes. Click here for the list of universities that are members. Only applications from students attending schools in the PIT-UN network will be considered.

What is the stipend?
The stipend for the 2023 program will be posted here, once available. The stipend will be payable in the 1st week of the  program and the remainder at the conclusion of the program. Please note students will be taxed on the stipend. International students will have the taxes immediately taken out by the finance office, while domestic students will need to pay the tax on the stipend when filing their yearly taxes. 

Is housing included?
No, you must find and pay for your own accommodations during their fellowship.

Where should I upload my resume and transcript?
Please upload them in the “add file” section of the application form.

Will I get to select where I work?
We will ask for your preferences but the agency and the program administrators will determine the final placements.

Can international students apply?
Yes, but there are fewer opportunities as many government agencies require U.S. citizenship. Also, you will be responsible for coordinating any visa-related paperwork.

What travel costs are covered?
The program will pay for reasonable travel costs to and from the host agencies and back to Princeton for the wrap-up workshop. Accommodations and meals will also be provided. 

What does the orientation seminar cover?
Orientation will provide an overview of tech policy, discuss rules and regulations and provide tips on having a successful fellowship. Guest speakers and case studies are also usually part of orientation.

Where will I work over the summer?
Positions with a variety of federal, state, and local agencies will be available. In the past, students have worked with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the New York City Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

How will COVID-19 affect the program?
The fellowship will operate in cooperation with current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and guidelines.