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, such as networking, office etiquette, resume reviews and interviewing. Interns are also invited to participate in staff-wide workshops and trainings, including brownbag speakers such as high-ranking government officials and corporate partners. Interns complete a learning agreement at the start, a mid-point review and end-of-term evaluation. Interns are supervised by a full-time staff member on their team, in addition to having the support of three intern coordinators and an assigned buddy.

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!

Typically all internship positions are physically located in Washington, DC at the Partnership’s office, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Partnership has transitioned to remote work. We are planning for our spring 2021 internships to be remote as well. Partnership meetings and activities typically occur Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. While we can accommodate interns who work remotely in other time zones, please be advised that the majority of intern assignments will take place during these hours. Since time zones and assignments will vary by intern candidates and teams, specific needs will be discussed during the interview stage of the hiring process. When internships are completed through remote work, the internship is subject to a “Bring Your Own Technology” policy meaning the internship requires the intern to provide and use their own personal computer capable of accessing the internet and to have access to a high-speed internet connection during the work day.

Where Our Interns Come From

Partnership interns represent a range of geographical regions, educational institution​s and fields of study. We hire interns through ​a standardized application process and pay them in accordance with the rates listed below. Anyone, from any school can be ​a competitive ​candidate and is welcomed to apply! 

Through the generous contributions of donors, some schools have restricted funds they can use specifically to support their students who ​intern at the Partnership. Students from these schools apply through our regular process and​, if selected, are paid through their respective college or university ​at rates determined by their institution. We are grateful for these donor-funded internships and try to maximize their use ​each term​. A few times each year, the Partnership also applies for interns through school-based or third-party programs that place interns at host sites.

How to Apply

To apply, follow the “Apply” link found below the internship position descriptions.

Before applying, carefully read the 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 2020: June-August*

Application Period:
January 6 through March 6
Early April

Fall 2020: September-December*

Application Period:
March 30 through July 3
Late July

Spring 2021: January-May*

Application Period:
September 8 through November 6
Late November

* 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:

Darrian Frazier
[email protected]
(202) 774-9452

Internship Positions

Center for Presidential Transition (2-3 positions)

The Center for Presidential Transition helps presidential candidates and their transition teams, second-term administrations and federal agencies navigate the transition process and ensure our president will be ready to govern.

Center interns will play an important part in supporting effective transition preparations ahead of the 2021 inauguration, as well as activities post-inauguration. These interns support events that educate leaders in government and members of the public about presidential transition, conduct in-depth research on transition-related issues and assist with program administration.

The Center offers interns an opportunity to contribute to an historic process while learning more about the federal government and developing expertise in a niche subject area. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail and time management skills. Additionally, the ideal candidates will proactively take initiative, be able to thrive in a fast-paced, changing work environment and commit to serving in a nonpartisan manner.

Center: Apply for Spring 2021

Communications (2-3 positions)

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 Communications team ensures that Partnership programs and activities are heard, understood and are actionable.

The Communications interns are an integral member of the Communications team and assist with writing, editing and brainstorming new ideas. These interns 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 including Twitter and Facebook, support traditional media efforts and assist with our email marketing, event invitations and constituent database. 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.

For Spring 2021, one of the interns will support communications for our Center for Presidential Transition. The Center helps presidential candidates and their transition teams, second-term administrations and federal agencies navigate the transition process and ensure our president will be ready to govern on day one. Once considered presumptuous, a well-organized and resourced presidential transition is a necessity, and must begin long before Election Day. The Partnership will bring together key stakeholders and experts, and provide a rich collection of resources to inform and support presidential transition teams and federal agency leaders.

This intern will support the Center’s communications efforts by assisting with areas including events planning, the Center newsletter, copy for social media efforts related with transition, possible podcast recording, background research on key transition players and gathering information on transition-related reporters. The ideal candidate will have a flexible mindset, an aptitude for fast-paced environments, working knowledge of the federal government and be an avid consumer of news.

Communications: Apply for Spring 2021

Development (1 position)

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 fundraising and relationship management, including how to conduct prospect research, cultivate new donors and work with our corporate sponsors and other existing supporters.

Specific responsibilities may include: identifying and researching prospective sponsorship and foundation grant opportunities; drafting correspondence related to Partnership programs; providing support for internal and external meetings, including preparing, note-taking and observing; assisting with mailings or email invitation sends; and tracking and acknowledging incoming donations using our customer management system (Salesforce). Exceptional written and spoken communication skills are essential.

Development: Apply for Spring 2021

Government Affairs (2-3 positions)

The government affairs team is the Partnership’s voice on Capitol Hill, working to advance the organization’s good government agenda by building bridges of understanding between federal agencies and Congress, advocating for a modernization of America’s civil service system and sharing the Partnership’s work with committees, members and their staff.

Interns on the government affairs team will follow Hill activity related to our core initiatives of civil service modernization, while helping deliver content to congressional staff and agency employees with the goal of improving understanding between branches of government. Interns will also assist with our project to strengthen congressional resiliency and restore Congress as a co-equal branch of government. The Government Affairs team offers interns the opportunity to become more informed about the legislative process and the policies and practices of the federal government.

The ideal candidate will have strong communication, teamwork and time management skills, flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and a commitment to public service.

Government Affairs: Apply for Spring 2021

Government Leadership and Management Programs (6-8 positions)

Programs team interns have the unique opportunity to develop leadership and management skills by helping our team deliver a variety of programs for federal employees. Our programs aim to develop strong leaders, engage employees, enhance management, encourage innovation and address workforce challenges. Our audience includes agencies as varied as the Executive Office of the President, NASA and the Intelligence Community.

Interns’ work portfolios will align with one of our programmatic areas: federal workforce programs; government effectiveness and federal executive networks; or leadership development. Interns’ specific responsibilities will vary by team but will include a combination of program administration, virtual webinar production, event planning and logistics, presentation development, note taking and information synthesis, database maintenance, and background research. Interns will support a variety of programs and projects and work closely with multiple people across the organization.

The ideal candidate will have strong time management, verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, adaptability, commitment to exceptional customer service, and a willingness to learn professional skills indispensable in any workplace.

During their internship, interns will learn more about project management, nonprofit management, data collection and analysis, relationship management, event planning and logistics, and customer service. At the end of their term, interns will come away with a greater understanding of how the federal government and its agencies work.

Federal Workforce Programs: Apply for Spring 2021 Government Effectiveness Programs: Apply for Spring 2021 Leadership Development Programs: Apply for Spring 2021

Research, Analysis and Program Evaluation (2-3 positions)

The Partnership’s research advises government on topics such as customer experience, artificial intelligence, innovation, change management, recruiting and hiring talent, employee engagement and performance management, and oversees the Partnership’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning portfolio.

Research, Analysis and Evaluation interns will have the opportunity to work on research products, data analysis, and/or program evaluations. Interns may shape research products that aim to make government more effective, helping to produce high-visibility reports, insightful issue briefs and innovative research projects, such as the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings. Additionally, interns may assist in evaluating the short-and long-term outcomes of the Partnership’s programs and support efforts to increase data-driven decision-making.

Interns’ specific responsibilities will include a combination of conducting background research, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders and private sector experts, analyzing program data or responding to information requests. Most research interns also assist in planning and carrying out the logistics of roundtable discussions and public-facing report release events. Interns may also collect, analyze and present on quantitative and qualitative data, build databases and dashboards for tracking program metrics, and assist with survey design and management.

The ideal candidate will have some social science research experience and possess strong writing skills, qualitative or quantitative data analysis and visualization skills, organization and time management skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel. Experience with Qualtrics and/or PowerBI/Tableau is a plus. Data science skills highly desired. Candidates should be able to work independently and in a team setting.

Research: Apply for Spring 2021

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.