The Public Service Fellows internship program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to contribute to the Partnership’s mission while developing valuable professional skills.
Fellows work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment; their responsibilities vary across the Partnership’s internal teams but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. Additionally, there is time allocated to support the organization by taking shifts to staff the front desk and assisting other teams as needed.
The program also incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals.
The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government.
We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:
There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!
All fellowship positions are physically located in Washington, D.C. at the Partnership’s office. There are no current opportunities for fellows to work remotely. Applicants must be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the term. Please note that the Partnership does not provide housing or relocation assistance for fellows.
Before applying, carefully read the internship position descriptions to determine which position(s) you are best qualified for and most interested in pursuing. While each position requires a commitment to public service, the descriptions detail the skills and competencies necessary for each particular position.
You may only apply to one internship position per term but will have a chance to indicate your interest in other positions on the application form.
The applicant review and selection process depends on the number of applicants, though we strive to conduct interviews (including phone and video interviews) and have offers extended within a month after the application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as we do review resumes on a rolling basis and reserve the right to fill positions before the application deadline.
*Please note that the exact start and end dates of fellowships may vary depending upon a team’s needs and an applicant’s availability within the given terms. We will work with individuals based on academic or work-related reasons.
Fellows receive the following stipends:
For more information about the Public Service Fellows internship program or for questions about your application, please contact:Amanda Blatnik, Caleb Campbell, Zach Piaker
The Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership team prepares federal leaders to solve national challenges by driving innovation, inspiring employees and delivering results through its Excellence in Government Fellows Program, Partnership Leadership Seminars, cultural transformation initiatives and custom programs for various federal agencies.
CGL fellows contribute to a full range of team activities from aiding program evaluation, processing enrollment, planning events to organizing logistics and preparing materials for internal and external programs. Additionally, CGL fellows have the opportunity to attend sessions associated with our various programs for learning and professional development purposes.
Strong communication, customer service, writing and organizational skills are required, as well as an ability to adapt and collaborate. Ideal candidates will have an interest in organizational and/or leadership development.
The Partnership’s communication efforts are designed to change public perceptions, educate the public about the need for a high-performing government and help connect citizens to their government. In addition, the communication team ensures that Partnership programs and activities are heard, understood and are actionable.
The Communications fellows are integral members of the Communications team and assist with writing, editing and brainstorming new ideas. These fellows generate the Partnership’s daily electronic newsletter, help the team plan and execute events from start to finish, including the Partnership’s annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, manage the Partnership’s social media outreach, and assist with our email marketing, event invitations and constituent database (Salesforce). This is a terrific opportunity for individuals who are interested or have experience in communications, marketing or event planning.
The ideal candidate is outgoing, detail-oriented, a team player and has excellent writing, organization and public speaking skills. You will have the opportunity to develop marketing experience by representing the Partnership to the public and also gain experience using CRM and email marketing systems, two highly marketable skills for communications professionals.
The Partnership’s fundraising efforts extend across the organization and focus on ensuring long-term financial viability. The Development team identifies, cultivates and secures financial and in-kind support for the Partnership’s programs and activities.
The Development fellow will learn the basics of nonprofit funding and relationship management. Your efforts will support the cultivation of new corporate partnerships as well as our work with foundations and individual donors.
Specific responsibilities will include: identifying and researching prospective sponsorship opportunities; drafting correspondence related to Partnership programs including the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals; providing logistical support for a wide variety of events; preparing for and observing meetings with external stakeholders; supporting our major gifts program by compiling mailings; tracking incoming donations with our customer relationship database (Salesforce); and drafting donor correspondence. Exceptional written and spoken communication skills are essential.
The Partnership’s Education and Outreach team works to transform recruiting and hiring practices across government and to educate and inspire top talent about federal opportunities. Our work with the Call to Serve network of federal agencies and colleges and universities, includes workshops, webinars, trainings, student ambassadors and more is designed to help build federal agencies capacity to recruit, hire and retain top talent.
Duties of a fellow on our team will vary, but may include: researching and developing new materials and resources, updating website content, compiling and analyzing data, maintaining organizational contacts, and assisting with event planning. Qualified applicants will be team players with outstanding written and verbal communication skills, strong attention to detail and excellent time-management abilities.
The Partnership’s Government Affairs team promotes the Partnership’s priorities on Capitol Hill and encourages congressional oversight and legislative reforms to improve federal workforce management. The Partnership testifies regularly before congressional committees and supports legislation to streamline the federal hiring process, strengthen federal leaders and improve the federal workplace.
The Government Affairs Fellow follows current legislation, conducts research, writes memos on issues of importance, attends congressional hearings and participates in the planning and staffing of key Partnership events. As a Government Affairs Fellow, you will learn more about the legislative process and walk away with a greater understanding of key issues facing the federal workforce and the implications of policies affecting the federal government.
The Partnership’s GTAP team works directly with our federal stakeholders and partners to tackle the government’s toughest management challenges. Our team members organize interagency and cross-sector roundtable discussions, advise agencies to help improve employee engagement for better organizational results, and provide leadership development to federal leaders.
GTAP fellows play a key role in helping us deliver our programs and services to federal audiences and can expect to gain competencies in event planning and logistics; data collection, analysis, and synthesis; presentation development and delivery; CRM database management; relationship management and improved written and verbal communication skills.
Applicants should possess strong customer service, organization and time-management skills, in addition to proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. Fellows positions are available in the following focus areas:
The graphic design fellow will be responsible for supporting the Partnership’s print and digital projects. She or he will help develop and design the Partnership’s marketing materials, both digital and print, such brochures, PowerPoints, and email/web campaign images. This person will also assist with report and infographic design, as well as updating web content.
This internship requires someone who is detail-oriented and tech-savvy with a background in graphic design. A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as some knowledge of HTML/CSS is required. This person should have a strong visual eye, and be able to transform sometimes long, complicated ideas into compelling, high-impact, effective communications.
The graphic design fellow will work as part of the Communications team of marketing, editorial, media, and events staff, and as a result should be able to collaborate with others and contribute ideas. This person will also work directly with program teams to help develop their marketing materials.
The Human Resources Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of human resources generalist functions and get exposure to the operations of an internal HR department of one. Specifically, the Human Resources Fellow will support the HR Manager with recruitment, hiring, on-boarding and activities related to the year-end benefits open enrollment process. Additional responsibilities may include researching and drafting policies, updating HR process documents, filing, scheduling and support for front desk operations.
The ideal candidate should possess strong customer service, organization and time-management skills, in addition to proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite. Candidates should be able to work independently and in a team setting and must show a demonstrated ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism. Candidates working toward a degree in human resources or a closely related field preferred.
The Research Fellow works closely with the team to help produce the Partnership’s unique series of high-visibility reports, insightful issue briefs and innovative research projects, such as the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings. The Research Team focuses on evaluating and improving federal government management practices.
TYou will play a key role in conducting background research, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders, collecting and analyzing data, responding to information requests, and working with the team to develop report themes. Research Fellows also assist in planning and carrying out the logistics of focus groups and report release events.
TThe ideal candidate will have social science research experience and possess strong writing skills, organization and time-management skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Candidates should be able to work independently and in a team setting.
Ready to Govern (R2G) is a signature program of the Partnership that promotes a smooth, orderly and effective transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next. The program incorporates four main workstreams: developing a management roadmap for the next administration, engaging Congress and promoting presidential transition reforms, assisting the 2016 presidential candidates in setting up their transition teams, and preparing presidential appointees to succeed in government.
The Ready to Govern Fellow will support R2G and the larger Government Affairs team by coordinating and providing support for Ready to Govern events, conducting research on presidential campaigns and transition-related issues, and assisting with program administration. In this role, you will have the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to an exciting and growing program that will have a real and lasting impact on the future of our country.
The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any application for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.
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2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Improving the Employee Experience
Congressional Testimony / June 24, 2015
Partnership Testifies on Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Legislation
News Release / October 07, 2015
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News Release / August 31, 2015
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