SfG Intern Cohort Application

A hands-on learning opportunity with real world results. 

The SfG Intern Cohort is a new program designed to mutually benefit up-and-coming software engineers 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 development 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).

The cohort will consist of three to five interns, ideally with a range of complementary skills and interests. We welcome your application if you are skilled in any of the following:

  • Front-End Development (WordPress, React, CSS, Javascript)
  • Back-End Development (Ruby, Rails, Python or similar)
  • UX or UI Design

As part of the cohort, you will work closely with the other members of your team, a dedicated SfG mentor, and the client organization to build, test, and deliver working software. During this internship, you can expect to learn about/use:

  • HTML, CSS, Ruby, Rails, Javascript, WordPress
  • Development best practices, including code reviews and testing
  • Pair programming
  • Account management and client communication
  • Agile workflows
  • User experience design
  • Github, Asana, Slack, and other tools of the trade

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

What’s the commitment? 

Summer cohort members are expected to work 30-40 hours per week with a significant portion of that time spent onsite.

Fall and spring cohort participants are expected to work 10 hours per week in the office. Interns are asked to cooperate with us and each other in planning out their semester schedules to ensure each intern can spend time working closely with the SfG team. We would like the full cohort to be in the office at the same time for at least a few hours each week.

You will need to provide your own transportation; Software for Good will provide access to and help getting set up with necessary tools, programs, and software. Don’t worry: we understand the demands of a student’s schedule and will make allowances for exam weeks and school breaks.

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 stipend (spring/fall) or hourly compensation (summer)
  • Beautiful, open work space in NE Minneapolis
  • Fun, flexible, laid-back work environment (no business casual dress code here!)
  • Monday team lunches and snacks to keep you fueled


Sound like a good fit? 

The summer intern cohort for 2018 is all filled. Thanks to all who applied!

We’ll open the application form again on this page in August 2018 for the Fall part-time intern cohort. Check back at that time if you’re interested in applying.