Public Service Internship Program

The Public Service 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.

Interns work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Their responsibilities vary but often include event planning and execution, research, writing and outreach to external partners, including federal 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.

Who Should Apply

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:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • An ability to work well in teams

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 internship positions are physically located in Washington, DC at the Partnership’s office. There are no current opportunities for interns to work remotely. Applicants must be willing to relocate to Washington, DC for the duration of the term. Please note that the Partnership does not provide housing or relocation assistance for interns.

How to Apply

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.

Selection Process

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.


Interns receive the following compensation:

  • Full-time interns with an undergraduate or graduate degree will receive $1,000 per month
  • Full-time interns who are currently undergraduate students will receive $800 per month
  • Part time intern compensation will be pro-rated accordingly

Program Dates

Summer 2017: May–August*
Application Period:
January 9 through March 3
Early April
Fall 2017: September–December*
Application Period:
May 1 through June 30
Early August
Spring 2018: January–May*
Application Period:
September 5 through November 3
Early December

* Please note that the exact start and end dates of internships 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.


For more information about the Public Service Internship program or for questions about your application, please contact:

Program Coordinators
(202) 775-9111

Internship Positions

Center for Government Leadership

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 interns 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 interns 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.

Application Closed

Center for Presidential Transition

The Center for Presidential Transition is a cross-organizational team within 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, and preparing presidential appointees to succeed in government.

The Center for Presidential Transition intern will support our transition efforts and the larger Government Affairs team by coordinating and providing support for 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 ideal candidate will have strong writing, organization and time-management skills. Candidates should be able to work independently and in a team setting.

Application Closed


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.

Communications interns are integral members of the team and assist with writing, editing and brainstorming new ideas. They help the team plan and execute events; manage 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 and a team player. They have excellent writing, organization and public-speaking skills. The communications intern will have the opportunity to learn skills that are highly valued in the communications field, including marketing, and the use of CRM and email marketing systems.

Application Closed


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 intern 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.

Application Closed

Education and Outreach

The Partnership’s Education and Outreach team works to drive change by building talent pipelines for a new generation of public servants and improving the effectiveness of government recruiting, outreach and hiring efforts. To achieve this, the team uses a range of complementary approaches, including working directly with federal agencies to improve their recruitment, outreach and hiring efforts, developing and implementing trainings and resources for our Call to Serve network of more than 1,000 colleges and universities, and selecting, training and monitoring Federal Student Ambassadors to promote federal opportunities on their respective campuses.

As an Education and Outreach intern, you will learn more about the federal application process and walk away with a greater understanding of issues facing the federal workforce and how to best recruit and retain top talent. Duties of an intern 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, drafting social media posts, 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.

Application Closed

Government Affairs

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 intern 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 intern, 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.

Application Closed

Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships

The Partnership’s Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships (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 organizational results and provide leadership development and onboarding to senior federal leaders. GTAP programs include the Federal Human Capital Collaborative, Shared Services Roundtable, Strategic Advisors to Government Executives, Ready to Govern and various other federal management initiatives.

GTAP interns play an integral role in helping our team deliver a wide range of programs and services to federal audiences. interns will have an opportunity to build critical skills in event planning and logistics; data collection and analysis; presentation development and delivery; project management; relationship management and customer service.

Applicants should be self-motivated, possess strong writing skills and attention to detail, demonstrate excellent customer service, and thrive in a collaborative fast-paced environment. This internship is a great opportunity for individuals interested in organizational behavior, presidential transitions, executive management, and/or stakeholder engagement.

Application Closed

Research and Evaluation

The Research and Evaluation intern 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.

You will play a key role in conducting background research, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders, collecting data, responding to information requests, and working with the team to develop report themes. Research and Evaluation interns also assist in planning and carrying out the logistics of convenings and report release events.

The 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.

Application Closed

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.