Notes on Code for Canada’s 2019 fellowship recruitment

(Or, how we’re getting better at finding awesome, talented and diverse fellows)

Meha Shah
Apr 24 · 6 min read
One of our promotional posters for 2019 fellowship recruitment. Our third recruitment campaign was our most successful to date, garnering 334 applications. [Accessible caption: a poster that reads ‘Interested in making an impact by bringing tech and design to government?’]

Learning from the past

Candidates are motivated as much by challenges as location

For each recruitment, we ask our government partners to participate in a video that outlines the challenge fellows will work on, and the impact their work will have. This is an example of one of those videos, featuring staff from Toronto’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration.

Fellowship support systems matter

‘Product’ and ‘design’ mean different things in different contexts


Applicant diversity

While applications for the fellowship were concentrated in Canada, people around the world were interested in the opportunity to apply their tech and design skills to public service. [Accessible caption: a heat map of the world showing traffic to Code for Canada’s fellowship website during our recruitment last winter]

Learnings for the future

Streamlining the application form

Meeting people where they’re at

Past and present Code for Canada fellows took part in an Open House in Ottawa on Feb. 5, 2019. From left: Daniel Tse, Leon Lukashevsky, Caley Brock, Fatima Khalid, Joey Hua and Jennifer Payne.

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