Apply to host a hackNY Fellow

"It is really hard to find good interns, and Matt was the best we ever had."
- Oliver Friedmann, CTO and Co-Founder, Ziggeo
"We were matched with a very bright person that we wouldn't have met through our regular recruitment process because we can only go to so many schools!"
- Jason Walker-Yung, Senior Software Engineer, Birchbox
"We've had two summers with hackNY fellows, and both times we've made a lot of progress on our product. I think the fellows would agree. We would definitely work with hackNY again, as we found the program to be very valuable to Magnetic."
- Dan Crosta, Director, Magnetic Labs
"Shashank was a significant contributor to our product this summer. If he's any measure, we'd love to work with more hackNY interns in the future."
- Mike O'Toole, CTO and Co-Founder, Nestio

The hackNY Fellows Program, now in its seventh year, is an intensive, structured program designed to introduce talented students to NYC’s startup community. You can find more information about hosting a hackNY Fellow in our FAQ.

hackNY Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated strong technical skills, interest in New York's startup ecosystem, and dedication to their communities. Once selected for the program, each Fellow is matched with a New York startup where they will intern for 10 weeks as a software developer. They work closely with a technical mentor and their team. Fellows live together in student housing provided by hackNY, building a strong learning community and inspiring one another.

Twice a week, hackNY Fellows gather at a local startup's office for dinner and an informal talk by a New York tech luminary. Speakers include top CEOs, founders, technologists, tech experts in public service, VCs, and legal and media experts. They also attend events like New York Tech Meetup, and mixers with AlumNY of the Fellows program. At the end of the program, Fellows will have contributed meaningfully to their host startup's product, learned about the startup world from experts, and bonded with the community and the city.

hackNY Fellows have participated from all over the US, Europe, and Canada, and have included students with coding talents in front-end, back-end, data science, machine learning, design, and UX/UI. After graduation from the program, our Fellows go on to be great members of the startup community. Many of our AlumNY have been hired full time by their hackNY startups, where they play key roles in engineering and leadership. Over 100 startups have hosted a hackNY Fellow.

Startups applying to work with a hackNY Fellow are making a commitment to providing the following:

  • A concrete problem for the Fellow to work on,
  • A specific person to mentor the fellow, and
  • A place for the Fellow to work, at least a dedicated coworking space if not an office.

Startups are eligible to work with hackNY if they:

  • are independent (i.e. not acquired)
  • have their development team headquartered in NYC

For more information about our Fellowship and the history of hackNY, check out the Fellowship Section of our Fall 2015 Field Guide, and see our Class of 2016 announcement along with previous years on our blog.

We will open Fellows applications at our Fall Student Hackathon in September and will began accepting Class of 2017 Fellows in December. We will begin matching confirmed Fellows with startups on a rolling basis, so that the matching cycle can begin earlier. If your startup application is accepted, you may be matched with a Fellow anytime between January 2017 and April 2017. If you have hard deadlines for hiring please let us know and we will try to accommodate them.

We match Fellows to companies based on the Fellows' skillset and industry preferences, along with startup requests and technology stack. hackNY works with small to large startups, many of whom were small when we began and grew into household names. During the summer, you'll have the opportunity to meet all the Fellows at a mixer, and to celebrate their graduation at our annual Demo Night.

The Details:

If you are successfully matched with a hackNY Fellow: Host startups pay at least $1000/week for 10 weeks to the Fellow and $4,200 to hackNY, which covers the direct cost of hosting their Fellow (housing and summer programming). As in previous years, hackNY works to support all scales of NYC startups and will be providing aid to startups which can show evidence of a strong mentoring environment but for which this commitment is incompatible with the current level of funding. Please email [email protected] for more information.

The Class of 2017 hackNY fellowship will run from May 30 through August 4, 2017.

As matching occurs on a rolling basis please submit applications as soon as possible.

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