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Last updated: 2/2/18

Digital Team summer fellowships

Are you curious, thoughtful, and want to make a difference in the Boston community?

The application deadline has passed. Thank you to all who applied!

We’re looking for students with a passion for doing impactful work. As a member of our team, you will have a direct effect on how people view Boston. You’ll also help shape the future of the City.

You can learn more about the fellowship, and available opportunities, at the bottom of this page. Interested in applying? We created an online application:

Apply online

Have questions? Contact us:

Timeline
  • Phone interviews: early February
  • In-person interviews: mid-to-late February, early March
  • Expected start date: Monday, June 12

About the program

The Digital Team Summer Fellowship is an opportunity to work closely with City leadership and members of the Digital Team. You’ll help us improve how the community interacts with our government online, and even in-person.

Our fellows play a vital role in creating tangible outcomes, including:

  • piloting different technologies and tools
  • connecting with constituents, and
  • testing innovative approaches to solving problems.

We’ll consider you for the role that best fits your experience and interests. In all of these roles, you will apply and develop your skills while working on high-impact, high-visibility projects.

Opportunities

Opportunities

You’ll build a schedule, design projects, and launch campaigns while you are with us. In this role, you’ll get the chance to test designs with constituents and work closely with the City’s design director.

We are looking for a student who wants to help Boston connect with its citizens through the power of effective design. You will have the opportunity to work directly on one of our core focus areas, including:

  • large-scale branding projects
  • boosting social media content, and
  • total redesigns of the City’s paper forms.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore and develop new ideas for our blogs, social content, and targeted emails. In this role, you’ll work closely with our digital engagement strategist and content lead.

The majority of Boston residents do not follow us on social media or attend neighborhood and community meetings. We’re looking for someone to help create exciting content and campaigns to engage with residents in a meaningful way.

Do the terms “process improvement” or “product management” excite you? Then you’re just the person we’re looking for. In this role, you’ll work closely with our product management team and engineers.

Moving offline services online is tough. We need to balance the needs of customers, internal stakeholders, and technology requirements. We need someone to help:

  • look at these processes
  • map user journeys
  • get stakeholders on board, and
  • build modern, easy-to-use applications.

Have a passion for telling stories through visual media? We constantly need to produce and share high-quality media about our work, and to better engage with the public.

We’re looking for a fellow who can help us:

  • dig up and create great content from the City of Boston Archives
  • generate b-roll of our diverse neighborhoods, and
  • churn out some high-quality, user focused "how-to" videos about critical City services.

In this role, you’ll work closely with the digital engagement strategist and design director.

You can play a pivotal role in overhauling existing apps (like this one or this one), or building entirely new services. In this role, you’ll work closely with our product management and engineering team.

Help us build modern, easy-to-use web apps that get used by millions of people each year. When you get a chance, please scope out our work on GitHub or explore Boston.gov. We’re making great strides in modernizing our experiences for the Boston community. But, we still have some legacy apps to update.

How to apply

Requirements

You should be entrepreneurial, humble, curious, and a strong communicator. We’re looking for excellent relationship builders who are passionate about this community. We want fellows who are excited to tackle difficult problems and love learning new skills.

You should be willing to embrace complex and dynamic challenges. You’ll be expected to juggle multiple projects, and work in an open and collaborative environment.

Want to apply?

We created an online application. Make sure to pick which position you're interested in:

Apply online

You can also email your cover letter and resume to digitalfellowship@boston.gov with “2018 Summer Fellowship” in the subject line. Have a specific project you’d like to tackle? Notice something about our online presence that you’re curious about? Let us know!

Watch: 2017 summer fellows

Common questions

Who can apply?

This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in any major. But, we generally prefer applicants with relevant experience or education. We cannot sponsor visas for these positions.

What is the selection process?

We’ll notify applicants about initial phone interviews on a rolling basis. We plan to hold these phone interviews in early February. We’ll hold final candidate in-person interviews at City Hall in mid-to-late February and early March. If you’re picked, we plan to notify you by the end of March.

How long is the internship?

This is an eight-week internship. The expected start date is Monday, June 12, 2018. This is subject to change. If you’re selected, we’ll confirm the start date with you.

Is this a paid internship?

Yes! We provide direct funding for a limited number of fellowships. We also encourage you to apply if you have university or grant funding. Please note in your cover letter if you expect to have external funding.