TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowship. We are bridging the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing tech savvy individuals 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.

TechCongress is a three-year-old startup non-profit, 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.

The first set of Congressional Innovation Fellows served with two of the most influential members of Congress—Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), former Ranking Member on the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee—and shaped the conversation on issues ranging from modernizing healthcare with technology to the Apple/FBI encryption debate.

The second and thirds sets of Congressional Innovation Fellows have served in bipartisan placements in the Congress including with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).  Congressional Innovation Fellows are tackling issues from the economic implications of emerging technologies like AI and automation to cybersecurity, election security and data privacy.  

As a Congressional Innovation Fellow 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 2019.
  • Perform duties similar to other Congressional staff by applying your experience in technology to a variety of work, including:
    • Researching relevant policymaking (on issues like encryption, autonomous vehicle regulations, health IT, government hacking, privacy, open data, cyber/data security and many others)
    • Helping educate Members and staff about these issues.
    • Analyzing legislation.
    • Preparing for and organizing Committee hearings, markups, or investigations.
    • Building coalitions with partners and other groups.
  • Develop and produce a fellowship project on an issue of your choosing. Past projects include writing and introducing legislation, and organizing an association of tech staffers.
  • Support TechCongress by writing about and presenting on your experience periodically, and represent TechCongress and the Congressional Innovation Fellowship at meetings or events.


  • Location:
  • Salary:
    , Health insurance supplement of up to $400/month; Relocation allowance of up to $2,500; Equipment or travel allowance of up to $1,500
  • Deadline:


Minimum qualifications

What we’re looking for in our Fellows:

  • College graduate, with at least three years of work or postgraduate study.
  • Tech savvy, with experience working in or studying the technology sector.
  • Great interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Some technical ability.
  • 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.