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 a small group of 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, dedicated mentors and supervisors, and the client organization to deliver a professional product. The program will conclude with a final presentation to your client and the broader Software for Good team.

Starting in 2021, we are part of the Tech Training Pilot Program led by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development! To meet the goals of our funding, we are specifically seeking interns who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and are ages 18 to 30. Interns must also be Minnesota residents and be U.S. citizens or have “right to work” status.

 

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

We expect you to be new to the tech industry and that you’ll learn a lot on the job! However, we look for the following qualities to set interns up for success:

• Previous experience with at least one design tool — Figma, Photoshop, Sketch, etc.
• Curiosity and asking lots of questions
• Desire to work in a team and partner closely with fellow interns

 

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

We expect you to be new to software development and that you’ll learn a lot on the job! However, we look for the following qualities to set interns up for success:

• Previous experience with at least one programming language — ideally a back-end language such as Java, Python, or Ruby on Rails
• Curiosity and asking lots of questions
• Desire to work in a team and partner closely with fellow interns

 

What’s the commitment? 

Cohort members are expected to work about 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 internships will be fully remote and that interns can participate via online and video communication. 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

Applying for the program

We will share information about internship openings as they become available! For our upcoming cohorts, we are specifically seeking interns who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; live in Minnesota; and are ages 18 to 30.