The Call to Serve Speakers Bureau is a dynamic, diverse group of federal employees from across government who educate audiences about the federal workforce and inspire a new generation to serve. Speakers visit college campuses and other student venues, both onsite and virtually, to promote public service and to deliver resources that will raise awareness of federal career opportunities amongst students of all ages. Speakers Bureau events range in size and style to meet the needs of the host venue while uniformly providing an experience that demonstrates the profound impact one can make in federal service.
The Speakers Bureau is an engaging way to bring government work to life for students and jobseekers, and to augment the Partnership's innovative education and outreach efforts.
The Partnership covers all of the costs associated with sending a Speakers Bureau member to a campus, including airfare, hotel accommodations and a per diem food allowance, as well as funding for additional travel expenses associated with a trip.
Before you apply online, carefully review the request guidelines to determine whether or not your campus is eligible to apply, as well as which type of event, onsite or virtual, will be most appropriate for your school. Due to the considerable number of requests that we receive and the work schedules of our speakers, we cannot guarantee that your campus will be matched with a federal employee. It is important to note that whereas campus visits can sometimes be more difficult to match, we are almost always able to match speakers with schools for videoconferences and webinars.
In addition to meeting the request guidelines found below, we expect Speakers Bureau host campuses to be creative and enthusiastic when marketing and organizing activities, to engage both students and faculty members, to distribute Partnership resources, and to submit evaluations from students and campus coordinators alike after a Speakers Bureau member presents to them.
The Speakers Bureau application for Spring 2013 will close on Friday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
The Speakers Bureau offers government employees a unique opportunity to share their federal story with students and jobseekers across the country, forge connections with these individuals, and encourage them to pursue public service careers. Speakers engage in government-wide networking sessions, strengthen their public speaking skills and deepen their knowledge of the federal space.
Speakers Bureau members share their experiences in government with talented students on college and university campuses, either onsite or virtually, at least once per year. Additionally, speakers commit to attending a program orientation, reading monthly updates and participating in relevant professional development activities coordinated by the Partnership with other members of the Speakers Bureau.
Through the Partnership's research report, "Making the Difference", we found that students respond most favorably to federal employees with whom they can relate. The majority of Speakers Bureau members have between three and 10 years of experience in government and come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, locations and skill sets. To best align speakers with requests from campuses, we are currently recruiting enthusiastic federal employees who are committed to government service.
Federal employees from all agencies and subcomponents are eligible for the Speakers Bureau. We specifically encourage federal employees working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and environmental jobs to apply to encourage students studying in these fields to consider public service and assist the Partnership in meeting the needs of our federal workforce.
Applicants must have worked in government for a minimum of two years and should have previous public speaking experience. Though all applicants will be considered, priority will be given to candidates who meet these criteria.
Speakers Bureau applications are accepted and reviewed biannually in January and July.
Deadline: Speakers Bureau membership applications are closed the fall 2012 semester.
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.