The InternHacks team is committed to creating a fun, respectful, and safe virtual internship program for our participants of all races, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, physical abilities, nationalities, religions, and beliefs. We wrote this code of conduct to:

  1. clearly lay out our expectations from all InternHacks participants (students, mentors, sponsors), 
  2. provide action steps for if you notice anyone acting against our values. 

Expected behavior:


  • Everyone participating in InternHacks is in this program for a reason, and has value to add. 
  • We know the importance of soft skills and hard skills, because they all come together to create effective and productive teams – don’t equate a person’s technical expertise with the value of their contributions. 
  • Remember that nuances and jokes can be easily misinterpreted over digital communication. Make sure you’re careful with your language, and clear up misunderstandings quickly if they happen. 

Empathy and Support

  • InternHacks is taking place in the midst of a global pandemic, and our launch event coincides with a growing movement and uprising against long-standing issues of racial justice in the United States. Please be understanding of one another when personal and global circumstances make it difficult to always be productive. 
  • Everyone participating in InternHacks has different access to and experience with technology, and is able to commit a different amount of time and energy to the program. We’ve attempted to create teams based on what participants said they were able to contribute this summer, but please be mindful and understanding of your teammates’ personal needs. We’re all learning and building together!


  • We work better when we work together. Collaboration can mean:
    • Actively  listening to your teammates without interrupting, 
    • Being  willing to teach and answer questions in a non-condescending way when people need help, 
    • Asking for and giving feedback
    • and always assuming best intent from your teammates. 
  • InternHacks is centered around team-based project learning – make sure all members of your team have the opportunity to contribute equally. 

Behavior that will not be tolerated:

  • Harassment and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated in InternHacks. Harassment can include but is not limited to
    • Language: use of any racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, classist, ageist, and otherwise discriminatory or offensive language on Slack, at any of the InternHacks events, while in a team meeting, or in any other capacity while participating in InternHacks. As the Vox Media code of conduct eloquently puts it, “[review your] terminology…with the same care you would review [your] technical specifications.”
    • Unwelcome sexual attention or inappropriate contact
    • Repeated or intentional misgendering of other participants
    • Any other actions you take which make someone else uncomfortable. 
  • Violations of the code of conduct will be taken very seriously, and can result in your removal from the program. 

What if I notice someone violating the code of conduct?

  • If you feel comfortable, message one of the organizers (with “IH Team” in their display name) privately on Slack 
  • Otherwise, fill out this anonymous form.

InternHacks reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise amend these policies in whole or in part. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact InternHacks by e-mail at This guide was last updated on: June 1, 2020

*Thanks to MLH and Vox Media for providing the inspiration and many of the content ideas for this code of conduct.