FAQs 2023 Fellows Application
- Program Overview
- The Code2040 Application
- Finalists: Logistics & Timelines
- Interacting With Companies
- The Fellows Program
- Currently enrolled students who attend a U.S. college or university
- Students who identify as Black and/or Latinx
- Students seeking internships in the summer of 2023 (and NOT full-time employment)
- Students who plan on returning to school after their summer internship (Fall 2023)
- Students with experience coding
- Students who are interested in advocating for racial equity in the tech industry
- Students who HAVE NOT previously participated in the Fellows Program
There is no age limit for the Fellows Program as long as you meet the criteria above.
If that’s you, then we encourage you to apply for our 2023 Fellows Program.
I would love to apply, but I noticed it is only for people in schools in the United States. When will you be opening it to school outside of the United States?
No, you do not have to move to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in Code2040 programming. However, depending on individual company guidelines, travel advisories and CDC guidelines, you may need to relocate to where your internship is being offered by our partner company if it is not remote.
Additionally, we are currently planning to have an in-person Welcome Week in late Spring, dates to be finalized and announced early Fall (Code2040 will cover Fellows’ transportation and lodging). However, depending on CDC guidelines and advisories in the coming year, this may be subject to change.
As a Code2040 Fellow, you'll spend your summer in an intensive career accelerator for 9 weeks beginning in June through August 2023, with an in-person Welcome Week late Spring/early Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area, all travel and lodging expenses paid (in person event subject to change, depending on CDC advisories).
You’ll intern at a top-tech company and participate in a series of learning experiences designed to equip you with the tools and resources you need to advocate for yourself and others. You’ll engage in racial equity advocacy work in a much more intimate cohort. You’ll be equipped with knowledge on what’s happening in the industry, what systems need to change, and what your role is as a racial equity advocate. You’ll build community with other Black and/or Latinx technologists, receive support from mentors and managers, while redefining the future and face of tech and ensuring other technologists like you have the opportunity to succeed in the innovation economy.
The Code2040 Application
- June 13th: The application opens.
- July 18th: The application closes + students will begin scheduling interviews.
- Late July - August: Applicants will schedule and then participate in a 30-minute interview with a member of the Code2040 community.
- Early September: Applicants will be notified if they were selected to be a Finalist.
- Early September: We'll onboard finalists to the programs portal in preparation for hiring.
- September: Company partners have access to all Code2040 finalists and can begin their own hiring process for summer internship employment.
- Early Summer 2023: Welcome Week, an in-person convergence in the Bay Area followed by a remote / virtual program for the remainder of the summer.
In order to really understand the answer to this question, it is important to know the distinction between challenges and assessments in Qualified. One assessment is made up of many challenges.
An assessment can only be submitted once. This is done by hitting the green button that says “SUBMIT MY ASSESSMENT”. Once you submit your assessment you will be unable to edit, make corrections or retake the assessment.
Challenges, on the other hand, are short coding problems and each assessment has a few challenges for you to solve. You can submit solutions to challenges as many times as you like. This is done by hitting the green button that says “SUBMIT SOLUTION”. Each time you do so, test cases will be run to let you know if you have successfully completed the challenge. Your last submission is what will show up on your PDF report that is shared with partner companies.
A practice assessment is an optional challenge you can complete before taking the required assessment to help familiarize yourself with the Qualified platform and set-up all of your preferences before you actually begin. It’s a great way to practice and get a sense of what will be asked of you. We recommend taking the practice assessment to help you prepare. We have included a link to the practice assessment on the code sample tab of the Fellows application.
Why is there a timer on the platform and will I need to complete the challenges in a particular time frame?
Finalists: Logistics & Timelines
For the optional assessment, I did bad on one but then did amazing on the others. Should I keep the bad one there so that the companies can see progress?
Interacting With Companies
- Take the optional assessments (and make them visible to companies by adjusting the “true/false” designation on your resume).
- Update and refresh your resume so that companies see the most current skills and achievements from you (*please note that if a company has already downloaded your resume, they may not receive resume updates. It’s important to highlight them and send companies your most recent resume when they reach out to you).
- Stay engaged in the process. Hiring takes place through April 14th. Check your email often and respond to emails that you receive promptly.
- Send an INTRO message to companies that you’re really excited about. We’ve told companies to prioritize reaching out to students who are a match who’ve reached out because it means there’s a mutual interest and higher chance of it being a good match. You don’t have a lot of space so make sure that you highlight why you’re excited about the company rather than more about yourself. They already have a copy of your resume!