SfG Intern Cohort Application

A hands-on learning opportunity with real world results. 

The SfG Intern Cohort is a software internship program designed to mutually benefit up-and-coming professionals and for-good organizations. Our mission is two-fold:

1. Offer mentorship, training, and hands-on experience to students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a technology or software development career

2. Provide low-cost software development, design, and strategy services to nonprofits, startups, and other organizations that are using technology to achieve positive social and environmental change

We’re looking for skill, curiosity, and passion (not necessarily in that order).

Each cohort will consist of three to five interns, ideally with a range of complementary skills and interests. As part of the cohort, you will work closely with the other members of your team, a dedicated Software for Good mentor, and the client organization to deliver a professional product.

We welcome your application if you are working on and eager to learn more about any of the following:

• Front-end development (React, CSS, JavaScript)
• Back-end development (Ruby on Rails, Python, or similar)
• DevOps
• User experience (UX) or user interface (UI) design
• Product strategy and research

We are currently accepting applications for two upcoming internship cohorts, both of which will run for approximately 12 weeks.


Strategy & Human-Centered Design Internship

During this internship, you can expect to learn about/use:

• Human-centered design
• Research tools including interviews, usability testing, journey mapping, and more
• Product roadmaps and strategic recommendations for software products
• User experience design and strategy


Software Development Internship

During this internship, you can expect to learn about/use:

• Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML/CSS
• Development best practices, including code reviews and testing
• Pair programming
• Account management and client communication
• Agile workflows
• GitHub, Slack, and other tools of the trade

Both internship programs will conclude with a final presentation to your client and the broader Software for Good team.


What’s the commitment? 

Cohort members are expected to work 20–30 hours per week, including regular meetings, mentoring sessions, and collaboration with fellow interns. Our core work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Central time. We will work with you to arrange a schedule that allows for classes and schoolwork, vacations and holidays, and other work demands as necessary.

We expect that both internships will be fully remote and that interns can participate via online and video communication, though we primarily work in Central time. For legal and payment reasons, all interns must be United States citizens or authorized to work in the U.S.

Software for Good will provide access to and help getting set up with necessary tools, programs, and software.

Here’s what you can expect from us in return:

• The chance to do work that makes a difference
• Mentorship, training, and hands-on experience
• Course credits plus hourly compensation
• Fun, flexible, casual work environment
• An hourly wage of $18

Sound like a good fit? 

We have finished accepting applications for both 2021 internships, and will be reaching out to candidates to schedule interviews and answer questions.

If you have applied but haven’t heard from us, you will soon! Thank you to everyone for your interest and participation.