Become a Fellow, start here:

Pur­suit Fel­low­ship

Become a Fellow, start here:

Your ca­reer is our job.

The Pursuit Fellowship is a four-year program designed specifically to help adults from underserved backgrounds launch careers in technology.

At the same time, Pursuit is so much more than just learning to code or even becoming an engineer. Pursuit is about realizing your potential and empowering yourself to bring transformation to yourself, your family, and your community.


Madelyn (Taverez) Reyes

Pursuit 2.0 Fellow

Sr Software Engineer at Pinterest

Pursuit partners with leading employers, from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500s.
To a new income, and beyond.

Average annual starting salaries of Pursuit Fellows jump up by almost 5x—from $18,000 to over $90,000.

Based on this average, you can earn an estimated $2M more in your lifetime than you would have otherwise. Plus, we help you secure your first job through our Pursuit Commit employer partnerships and provide three years of additional on-the-job training and support.


Designed For You

Life-Changing Transformation

Our mission is transformation. Average annual starting salaries of Pursuit Fellows jump up by almost 5x—from $18,000 to $90,000. And that's just the starting salary. We estimate that each Fellow earns an average of $2M over their lifetimes.

4+ Years of Training

You spend 12 to 24 months of learning and growing with us, and we'll help you land a high-paying role afterward—and continue supporting you post-hire.

Exclusive Commit Job Opportunities

We work with employer partners to create job opportunities specifically for Pursuit Fellows. That means that we'll be holding a job for you.

No Loans, No Debt, No Upfront Costs

There are no costs to start the program. If you don't get a job, you don't pay anything. If you lose your job, your payments pause. Pursuit will provide a laptop you can use for the length of the training. Our HQ is open for your use every day.

We Believe In You

If you give it your all to this journey, we’ll give our all for you. That goes not only for the Core program, but for the long arc of your career. As a member of the Pursuit Fellowship and community, we will continue to support you throughout your career in the tech industry and beyond.

You belong here.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, or geography.

Our Fellows:

  • 100% From low-income backgrounds

  • 50% Women

  • 70% Black or Hispanic

  • 40% Immigrants

  • 55% Do not have a bachelor's degree

  • 50%+ Receive public assistance

Hiring and leading in their field
Pursuit Fellows are building their careers at the best companies in the world, from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500s.
Jose Vila
Christella Dolmo
Joseph Pasaoa
Sky Davis
Uduakabasi Abasiurua
Thirty Madison
Jenesh Napit
Briahana Mauge
Laiba Khan
Thirty Madison
Hady Mohamed
Poll Everywhere
“Every day I entered Pursuit, it felt like a playground where the possibilities were endless. I had the time of my life. I learned so much about computer programming, reinforced my soft skills, but more importantly I learned so much about myself. I did things at Pursuit that once seemed impossible.”
Henry Nuñez Pursuit 6.0 Fellow
 Now a Software Engineer at JPMorgan Chase

Fel­low­ship At-a-glance

What you'll learn

We're focused on helping you build a career and become a leader. That's why coding is just one of many skills you'll earn at Pursuit.

Pursuit is built on three interlinked threads: Leadership & Personal Development, Industry Readiness, and Technical Mastery.

Training to push yourself and the industry forward

You’ll continue to face new challenges—both professional and personal—in your new role as a software engineer. Tackling them will require leadership. At Pursuit, we’ll help you develop yourself and prepare you to become not just a valued team member but an effective leader.

Tools and skills to thrive in a new industry

We understand that you may be new to tech or to a professional environment. But we also know that you’re eager to dive in and go deep. We’ll help equip you with the skills, knowledge, and abilities that are required to thrive in the tech industry, whether it’s teamwork, communication, or business concepts.

Mastery through practice and more practice

Start with a foundation of basic concepts and build your way up to complex applications. Pursuit currently offers a full-stack web development suite (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, Express, SQL, React, and Redux). You’ll also learn and apply computer science concepts, including data structures and algorithms.

What you can ex­pect

How You'll Learn

At Pursuit, our goal is not a diploma or a graduation, but it is to build a career. That's why Pursuit is rigorous and demanding by design. At the same time, it's also designed to be collaborative and supportive. The Fellowship is not a solo journey--you have our One Big Team pushing for you at every step.


We won't sugarcoat it: The Fellowship is not easy. But nothing worthwhile is. We offer two schedule options—one for days and one for nights/weekends. Whichever you choose, you can expect to spend about 40 hours/week in class and 20 hours/week studying outside of class.

We believe in you and your success

This journey will be challenging. You will have moments where you may want to give up. Maybe you will feel like you weren’t meant for this. Those are the moments where we want you to feel, experience, and know that you have a team and a community that believes 100% in you.

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Committed Employer Partners

We work with our hiring partners to create exclusive job opportunities for our Fellows. These companies are Committing to hiring you and supporting you to go from high-potential to high-performing.

Envision Your Journey

Onboarding + Launch Week

We kick off the Fellowship with team-building and onboarding. This is an important opportunity to get to know your other Fellows and the staff as we launch into our journey together.


Put your learning to the test and build an app from scratch in a short period of time.

Capstone + Demo Day

Build a final project with your teammates over the span of multiple weeks. Showcase your capstone project before an audience of industry experts, mentors, volunteers, and colleagues. This milestone is not just about presenting your project, it’s also about presenting yourself.

Gong Ceremony

You got a job. Let’s celebrate together at the Pursuit Gong Ceremony, a tradition to mark when a Fellow accepts a job offer and is about to kick off their new career.

Continued on-the-job support

We support our Fellows while you're on the job through three-years of continued technical and professional skills support. We also work directly with your managers to ensure a successful transition into tech. You’ll be working with us closely to help you get to mid- and senior-level.

A solid support system

When you commit to pursuing your potential, Pursuit commits to you. We're here to provide the guidance, support, and tools you need.

  • Equipment
    You'll get a laptop, monitor, and other critical equipment free of charge to use and keep.

  • Industry volunteers and mentors
    You'll work with industry leaders who will share their knowledge, expertise, and experiences to help you build confidence and address challenges.

  • Learning Space
    Take advantage of our Queens HQ space! It's open 24/7 for you to meet with your team, take interviews, and more.

  • Wraparound Support
    We work with organizations to provide additional wraparound support.

“In just about a year, I went from being in the working class to the upper middle class. And I was able to accomplish this goal without paying anything up front or taking out any loans.”
Jose Vila
 Pursuit 3.0 Fellow
 Now a Senior Engineer at Peloton
Our Bond With You

Through our Pursuit Bond funding model, we're able to provide Fellows with zero loans and upfront costs. Instead, Fellows agree to pay a percentage of their earnings for a set number of payments after they secure a high-paying job. We're invested in your success.


To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • My annual salary/income is less than $45k

  • I am 18+ years of age

  • I am proficient in English (speaking, reading, and writing)

  • I am eligible to work in the US

  • I live in the NYC Metro

  • I am committed to participating for the full length of the Fellowship