Apply to USDS

USDS operates on a tour-of-service model with a maximum term of four years. While most people serve for one or two years, we’ll consider some shorter tours as well. Time commitments are not binding.

To learn about the developer, product, design, data science, and acquisition skills we’re hiring for, see “How we work”.

Hiring process

  1. Complete the application below and attach your resume (and portfolio, if you’re a designer!).
  2. People who progress to the interview process will connect with a member of our talent team over the phone.
  3. Participate in interviews to assess for skills important to our communities of practice.
  4. If selected, your talent partner will work with you to match you to a project.

Onboarding to USDS can take several weeks, and sometimes longer depending on completion of a required background check. Our talent team will be with you every step of the way, and your talent partner will keep you up-to-date throughout the process.

If you aren’t selected to join USDS, you can apply again after one year with an updated resume.


To work at USDS, you must be a U.S. citizen, and pass a background check and a drug test. As a federal employee, you will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legal exemption prior to employment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most people at USDS are working remotely from many locations across the country. During normal times, we ask that you make Washington, D.C. or the surrounding area your base during the work week.

Compensation and benefits

Salaries at USDS vary, but don’t exceed $176,300, determined by your experience and skills. We provide health care and other benefits, such as retirement savings accounts. For more information, see the Office of Personnel Management website.

U.S. Digital Service is proud to be an equal opportunity employer

We strongly encourage people of color, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, LGBTQI+ people, those with disabilities, and Veterans to apply. We build better products when our team represents all of America.

We do not discriminate based off of color, race, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.