In May 2015, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) — a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit facilitates the global exchange of knowledge and information helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively — and Google Fiber launched the first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship.
The goal of the program was to bridge the digital divide in America, where an estimated 60 million people do not have Internet. Throughout the course of the year-long Fellowship, Fellows and program staff help nonprofits get their communities online, empowering them to meet their social, economic, and civic needs. Fellows work with their organizations to provide programming to their communities aimed at building technology skills and identifying avenues for access.
Now in its fourth iteration, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship is once again looking for applicants. Implementing lessons learned in previous Fellowship cohorts, the program has limited applicants to those currently working for nonprofits and social service agencies located in the program areas.
Huntsville, Ala. has one fellowship position, sponsored by Google Fiber, open.
“Nonprofit staff selected for the Fellowship will create and expand digital inclusion programs to help bring their communities online,” explained Drew Pizzolato, Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager at NTEN. “These programs empower communities in innumerable ways: They can help parents connect with teachers, instruct job seekers on how to craft a professional resume, promote low-cost internet offers, show seniors how to video chat with family, and so much more.”