Public Service Internship Program

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!

Most of our internship positions are designed to be full-time (40 hours per week) in order to maximize all components of the internship program, however we will consider part-time schedules on certain teams. Some internship roles supporting program delivery require specific work hours and are not ideal for interns available less than 30 hours per week. Typically we cannot accommodate any work schedules less than 20 hours per week.

We are planning for some spring 2022 internships to remain fully remote work, while some internships will be hybrid work based in Washington, DC (a combination of remote work with some in-person office work, programs or events), depending on specific team needs. Please see each team posting below for specific needs and locations for different roles and be sure to apply to accordingly.

Partnership meetings and activities typically occur Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. While we can accommodate remote interns who work 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! 

While we welcome applicants and hire students and recent graduates from any school nationwide, we do maintain several partnerships with specific universities. Through the generous contributions of donors, these specific 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​ by providing priority consideration to applicants from these schools first:

·        American University 

·        Florida International University 

·        George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government

·        George Washington University 

·        Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP)

·        Syracuse University

·        Trinity Washington University 

·        University of California schools- UCDC Washington Center program 

·        University of Maryland’s Federal Fellows and Global Fellows programs 

·        University of Michigan 

·        University of Pennsylvania 

·        University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs

A few times each year, the Partnership also applies for interns through school-based or third-party programs or fellowships that place interns at host sites. Students from these programs, if selected, are also paid through their respective programs at rates determined by their program.

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 $1,200 per month.
  • Full-time interns who are currently undergraduate students will receive $1,000 per month.
  • Part-time intern compensation will be pro-rated accordingly.

Program Dates

Summer 2021: June-August*

Application Period:
January 11 through March 14
Early April

Fall 2021: September-December*

Application Period:
May 24 through July 5
Late July

Spring 2022: January-May*

Application Period:
September 13 through November 5
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:

Leia Washington
[email protected]
(202) 840-6823

Internship Positions

Effective October 15, 2021, all Partnership employees, regardless of position or physical location, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment. More information in job posting.

HR and Operations

The Operations team plays a critical role in supporting the Partnership’s people and projects, enabling teams to further our mission to make the federal government more effective. As part of the Operations team, the HR and Operations intern will have a unique opportunity to support the organization’s project management, technology platforms, human resources and talent acquisition processes.   

The HR and Operations intern will support our talent acquisition process from creation of position descriptions through hiring and onboarding of new employees. Specifically, the intern will work directly with the HR and Operations Associate to organize and re-brand hiring resources, create and update candidate communications and interview questions, and prepare new employee onboarding materials. The intern will support broader talent management through the creation and maintenance of position descriptions for positions across the organization.  

The HR and Operations intern will support the Human Resources and Operations team more generally through administrative work, such as updating documents, organizing and creating resources, and maintaining records. 

The intern will also provide operational support to our Senior Manager for Technology Platforms through conducting research on new technology platforms, helping to create trainings on various Microsoft 365 features, and additional administrative work. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in how technology use in the nonprofit sector is rapidly changing.  

Remote Internship: Application Closed

Center for Presidential Transition (2-3 remote 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 a first term or second term administration is ready to govern. As we prepare for the next presidential transition, we are evaluating lessons learned from the 2020-21 transition, developing proposals to improve future transitions, and preparing political appointees to serve in the administration. 

Center interns will play an important part in supporting our efforts to learn lessons from the 2020-21 transition lessons and preparing our transition resources for the 2024 transition cycle. 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 a 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 take initiative, be able to thrive in a fast-paced, changing work environment and commit to serving in a nonpartisan manner.

Remote Internship: Application Closed

Leadership Development Programs (2 remote positions, 4 DC based positions)

Leadership Development Programs 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 and trainings aim to develop strong leaders, engage employees, encourage innovation and build our participants’ federal networks. An example of the programming this team is involved in would include our Excellence in Government Fellows Program or our Mission Support Leadership Program, both geared toward federal employees across government.

During their internship, interns will learn more about project management, relationship management, event planning and logistics, customer service, and leadership development theory. At the end of their term, interns will walk away with a greater understanding of how the federal government and its agencies work and how federal employees can lead at every level

Remote Internship: Application Closed DC Based Internship: Application Closed

Communications (3 remote positions, 1 DC based position)

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 actionable.

Communications interns are integral members of the Communications team and assist with writing, editing and brainstorming new ideas. Our interns generate the Partnership’s weekly 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, Instagram and LinkedIn, support media relations 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 detail-oriented, a team player and has excellent writing, organization and public speaking skills. Interns will have the opportunity to develop experience representing the Partnership to the public. Interns also gain experience using CRM and email marketing systems, web and graphic design programs, media monitoring tools and other highly marketable skills for communications professionals.

Launched in summer 2021, the Partnership’s Alliance for Congress is dedicated to building a Congress that fully upholds its constitutional obligations and represents the needs and interests of our entire diverse nation. The Alliance works to build a forward-looking version of Congress that tackles big problems for the people it serves, fully reflects and represents our diverse nation and works collaboratively with the executive branch, making the whole of government more effective.

The Alliance for Congress seeks a communications intern to support the communications director, manager and associate manager with critical items including social media, blog and editorial content, messaging and graphic design to support the Alliance. Ideal candidates for this internship will have a flexible mindset and aptitude for fast-paced environments, working knowledge for Congress and be an avid consumer of news and emerging media trends.

Remote Internship: Application Closed DC Based Internship: Application Closed

Development (1 remote 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.

Remote Internship: Application Closed

Government Affairs (1 remote position, 1 DC based position)

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.

Remote Internship: Application Closed DC Based Internship: Application Closed

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

The Partnership’s research team advises government on topics such as customer experience, artificial intelligence, data, technology modernization, innovation, change management, recruiting and hiring talent, employee engagement, performance management and presidential transition. The Research, Analysis and Evaluation team also 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 contribute to high-visibility reports, insightful issue briefs and innovative research projects that aim to make the government more effective. One example is 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, taking notes, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders and private sector experts, analyzing program data and/or responding to information requests. Many activities will revolve around preparing for and transcribing qualitative interviews. Research interns also may 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 and assist with survey design and management.

The ideal candidate will have some social science research experience, possess strong writing skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel. Experience with qualitative research as well as strong organization and time management skills are strongly preferred. Experience with Qualtrics is a plus. Candidates should be able to work both independently and in a team setting.

Remote Internship : Application Closed

Federal Workforce Programs (2 remote positions)

Federal Workforce 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 improve employee engagement, inspire the next generation to consider a career in federal government, address workforce challenges such as recruiting and hiring talent, and help federal agencies build pipelines of talent by administering internship programs. Examples of the programming interns may support on this team include fellowship programs such as the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative and the Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, engagement programs such as the Engagement Coordinator Collective and the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings, and various projects that aim to support federal agencies in reforming their hiring processes.

During their internship, interns will learn more about project management, data collection and analysis, relationship management, event planning and logistics, customer service, and the federal hiring process. At the end of their term, interns will walk away with a greater understanding of how federal agencies keep their employees engaged and how the federal government builds pipelines of new talent into its workforce.

Remote Internship: Application Closed

Government Effectiveness Programs (2 remote, 1 DC based)

Government Effectiveness Programs interns have the unique opportunity to develop management and leadership skills by helping our Innovation, Technology and Partnership West teams deliver a variety of programs and events for federal employees. Our programs and events aim to connect leaders working on similar issues across government, engage federal employees outside the beltway on the West Coast, and encourage leveraging technology and innovation to make government more effective. Examples of the programming this team is involved in include our 21st Century Government Innovation Program, our Public Service Leadership Circle training program for federal employees in California, and our Federal Innovation Council, all geared toward federal employees across government agencies.

During their internship, interns will learn more about project management, relationship management, information gathering and analysis, database maintenance, virtual event planning and logistics, and customer service. At the end of their term, interns will walk away with a greater understanding of how employees across the federal government can work innovatively and together to make government more effective.

Remote Internship: Application Closed DC Based Internship: 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.