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Call to Serve Statement of Purpose

Call to Serve

Our Call to Serve program is the only national network of colleges and universities dedicated exclusively to promoting federal service. It connects nearly 800 colleges and universities with dozens of federal agencies to inspire students and recent graduates to enter public service, promote federal opportunities and assist agencies with their ability to recruit talent effectively.

But federal agencies need to be more proactive to compete for top talent at all levels. Through our workshops, group planning sessions and customized work, the Partnership helps agencies develop first-class recruiting, hiring and onboarding programs to attract and retain the talent they need.

We also work with agencies to implement the Federal Student Ambassadors program, which uses peer-to-peer outreach on college campuses to build talent pipelines and shape agencies’ overall recruiting strategies. Since 2012, we have worked with six agencies and more than 70 ambassadors.

The Partnership also has played a pivotal role in working with agencies, the administration and Congress to reform the federal hiring process and help agencies implement the Pathways Programs. We also testified before Congress on progress made in implementing federal hiring reforms, the challenges that remain and additional efforts agencies and Congress could take to recruit, hire and develop the federal human resources workforce.

For additional questions about our Call to Serve program, please see our frequently asked questions.


How Can Federal Agencies Participate?
To meet the growing demands being placed on government, federal agencies must successfully recruit and hire a skilled and diverse workforce. The Call to Serve Network can help agencies through:

  • Interactive workshops designed to share tips and strategies for addressing common recruiting and hiring challenges, and to provide opportunities to collaborate with other federal agencies;
  • Programs that leverage student interns as passionate advocates dedicated to promoting jobs and internships to their peers during the academic year;
  • Access to college and university professionals on more than 800 campuses who help establish talent pipelines; and
  • A monthly newsletter featuring federal workforce news, and recruiting and hiring resources.
To learn more about these activities and tools and get your agency involved in the Call to Serve Network, please contact:

Caleb Campbell
Program Associate, Education and Outreach
(202) 775-6892

How Can Colleges and Universities Participate?
For students and recent graduates, employment is about more than just a paycheck—it is about having the opportunity to make a difference. Now, more than ever, the federal government needs talented students and jobseekers to help address complex issues, ranging from global warming to the economy, and make a positive impact.

The Call to Serve Network can help your college or university to connect students and alumni with federal jobs and internships through:

  • Onsite and virtual trainings designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to educate students and jobseekers about government opportunities and build relationships with federal agencies;
  • Certificate program that can be leveraged to enhance and formalize your role as a federal advisor;
  • Access to the Call to Serve Toolkit, a robust set of resources that can assist you in promoting public service; and
  • A monthly newsletter featuring federal workforce news, agency spotlights and other helpful recruiting and hiring resources.
To enroll your college or university in the Call to Serve Network and take advantage of the activities and tools outlined above, please fill out this form. Not sure if your campus is already a member? View a list of Call to Serve Schools here. For more information, please contact:

Caleb Campbell
Program Associate, Education and Outreach
(202) 775-6892


Call to Serve eNews is a dynamic monthly email newsletter designed to educate the Call to Serve Community about the federal workforce. eNews features promising practices and resources related to promoting public service, and recruiting and hiring talent, as well as information about timely topics and trends in government.

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Archived Editions for Federal Agencies

Spotlight on Federal Student Ambassador: Rachel Stumpf, Department of the Interior

Spotlight on Federal Student Ambassador: Emily Song, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Hiring tips for federal leaders

Using social media to build your agency’s brand and keep your workforce strong

Spotlight on the Department of Housing and Urban Development: Grassroots Movement Increases Employee Engagement

Archived Editions for Colleges and Universities

Spotlight on Federal Student Ambassador: Rachel Stumpf, Department of the Interior

Spotlight on Federal Student Ambassador: Emily Song, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Presidential Management Fellows program

Become a federal advisor

Developing a campus campaign to promote federal service





The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.