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About the Program

The hackNY Fellows Program brings together students from all over the country (and the world) by pairing them with software engineering internships at great New York City startups, housing them together in the heart of the city, and connecting Fellows with impactful social good projects.

As a hackNY fellow, you will join a tech community that uplifts each other, allows others to speak, and builds strong connections with one another based on mutual respect. NYC is a global, diverse city, and hackNY reflects this in our commitment to exemplify that in each class of fellows from across all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, ages, religions, abilities, educational institutions, experiences, and everything else that makes you who you are.

We are looking for students, undergraduate or graduate, who have strong programming and software engineering skills. While most of our alumNY have studied subjects like computer science or electrical engineering, you do not have to be one to be a strong candidate. The host startups that you will intern with are carefully selected for the program by demonstrating a strong mentoring environment, and provide meaningful projects that you will contribute to. Each week, you will also have the opportunity to learn from and meet industry leaders in our Speaker Series, with topics ranging from technology’s impact on free speech, building a startup from scratch, to open forums with previous alumNY. There are also opportunities to help underserved communities by teaching, mentoring, or using your technical skills for social good projects. If you are interested in joining the hackNY community, please apply at here!

The hackNY Fellows Program is entering its eleventh year and was listed as one of the Top 10 Summer Fellowships by ProFellow, and has been featured by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Observer.

Application Guide

Stuck on some questions? Want to know what to write for your application? We have documentation for that! Some past hackNY Fellows break down the application and talk about how they formulated their own unique responses. We talk about ways to present your best self in the application, what code samples we chose to put in, and links to alumNY's previous applications.


A Person

A mentor on your team will be there from the start to guide you and answer your questions both technical and career-related.

A Project

Every hackNY Fellow ships meaningful code at their host startup. You'll be assigned a project or a series of projects to be proud of.

A Place

It's important to work alongside your team. You'll have space at your startup's coworking space or office to work at each day.
Social good

A Positive Impact

All Fellows will choose from a social good project that will create positive change in a NYC community, and allow for continuation post-fellowship

Inspiring Environment

We love New York's tech community for its spirit, its inclusivity, and the way tech integrates into so many other vibrant communities. Spend a summer here and you'll see how you can make a direct impact collaborating with people from fashion, media, and a variety of other skills and interests.

All Fellows live together in provided housing in the heart of NYC, within walking distance of great food, parks, and many of our host startups. You'll live, work, play and volunteer together in the best city in the world.

Inspiring Speakers

Twice a week, you'll visit NYC startups to meet the people who shape NYC's tech community. You'll learn from our technologists, founders, CEOs, investors, as well as experts from law and media, with plenty of time for discussion and your questions. hackNY and NYC's community will help you understand how tech companies are born and grow.


Our community doesn't end when the summer does.

For most Fellows, the best part of hackNY isn't their startup, the city or even Speaker Series conversations with local tech leaders - it's the AlumNY community you'll be part of throughout your career. With frequent meetups, job postings, and chatting on Slack and IRC, your Fellows classmates and the rest of our AlumNY will always be your best friends and supporters.

Recent AlumNY activities have included our traditional pre-hackathon meetup, Women of hackNY dinners, Demo Night, and mixers with the current Fellows. AlumNY are also invited to many of our Speaker Series talks. You might be one of the incoming Fellows we'll be welcoming at our spring hackathon dinner.

Previous hackNY Fellows Program Host Startups

We are proud to have partnered with over 100 of the New York tech community's most innovative startups. hackNY works with small to large startups, many of which were small when we began and have since grown into household names. During the summer, Fellows have the opportunity to meet our startup friends at mixers and our annual Demo Night celebration.

Use these buttons to filter the startups by the hackNY Fellows classes they participated in. Most have hosted a Fellow more than once, and some have been with us every year since the beginning.

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AlumNY-created Content

Videos and Vlogs

Here are some videos that alumNY have made during their hackNY summer.


Read more about Fellow activities, the Speaker Series, and internships

Other Media

Here are some other content that past Fellows or alumNY have created.

Please check our Medium blog for more blog posts and announcements by alumNY and by hackNY.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].