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Member institutions are committed to building the field of public interest technology.

Join Our Network

Launched in 2019, the Public Interest Technology University Network is a partnership that unites colleges and universities committed to building the field of public interest technology (PIT). Through the development of curricula, research agendas, and experiential learning programs in the PIT space, these institutions aim to develop graduates with skills and knowledge at the intersection of technology and policy.

Becoming a member of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) brings many benefits to Network schools, students, and faculties including educational and networking opportunities, information sharing, and guidance.

Elected Leadership

Elected Leadership

Azer Bestavros

’19-’21: Elected Lead of the Faculty & Institution Building Working Group

Associate Provost for Computing & Data Science, Boston University

Ali Whitmer

’19-’21: Elected Lead of the Career & Pipeline Working Group

Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Georgetown University

Pete Peterson

’19-’21: Elected Chair of the Governance Standing Committee

Dean, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Saif Ishoof

’19-’21: Elected Lead of the Communications & Outreach Committee

Office of Engagement, Vice President, Florida International University

Eric T. Meyer

’19-’21: Elected Chair of the Membership Committee

Dean of the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

Becoming a PIT-UN Member

Becoming a
PIT-UN Member

As a public interest technologist, you can help train and inspire the next generation of talented, committed civic-minded technologists
coming out of colleges and universities while benefiting your own organization as well. Colleges across America are dedicated to students in an innovative way that grants them access to careers with clear pathways toward technology-related jobs within the government sector.

Membership Application

The Public Interest Technology University network has launched the 2022 Membership Application. This year, interested educational institutions can submit their application for Membership and Affiliate Membership this year from September 14 until November 30th. Applications are made via the Foundant platform. Below are instructions for creating an account in order to start the application. Please direct questions regarding the online process or the development of your application to


Registration Instructions

  • While the applications are closed you can fill out the membership interest form to be notified when you can apply.
  • The application process will open in Summer 2022. Click here to see if the application window is open
  • Select Create a New Account. This will prompt you to fill out a profile about your institution. Please create only one account per institution.
  • Your institution is ready to apply to PIT-UN. 
  • You will have the option to apply for PITUN Membership or Affiliate membership. 
  • You can work on your application, save it, and return to it at any time. The system will auto save every 5 seconds. You can download a copy of the 2022 PIT-UN New Member Application and the 2022 PIT-UN Affiliate Membership Application to prepare in advance.
  • The deadline for all submissions is  September 30, 2022. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions during the submission process.

Access Our Membership Guide

For those who want to get ahead in their careers, our professional network is a great way to find like-minded professionals. It’s easy for members of our Network to connect and collaborate on projects that can lead them up the ladder at work, or help them start new ventures together. You’ll learn more about our structure inside this Membership Guide, so you know what kind of benefits are available.

To learn more about our member communication channels, check out our Membership Guide.