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Calling all aspiring public servants: New program recruiting students for paid federal internships

By Lia Collen
January 10, 2022 | Updated on January 14, 2022

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the next generation of public servants by applying for paid federal internships through the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program, an initiative run by the Partnership for Public Service and supported by Schmidt Futures

The program comes at a critical time. 

Young talent in government is severely underrepresented compared to the broader labor market. Our analysis shows that less than 7% of the federal workforce is under the age of 30, and almost one-third of federal workers will be eligible for retirement over the next five years.  

Young people have the skills, creativity and perspectives to grow a culture of innovation in government and help the federal workforce confront the biggest challenges facing our country.

They also face student debt and an uncertain job market. 

The Future Leaders in Public Service works to address these issues by offering paid internships that provide students with valuable work experience, an expanded professional network, and a better understanding of both the importance and impact of public service. 

In all, the program provides future federal leaders with the professional opportunities they need today. 

How does the program work?

Students selected for the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program will participate in a 10–12-week summer internship at the Departments of Commerce or Transportation and receive a $4,000 stipend.

For both the summers of 2022 and 2023, the program will place 200 students in paid federal internships that run from May to August. Participants will also receive professional development training and networking opportunities to foster a greater interest in public service careers and facilitate valuable professional growth. 

How can you join the program?

Applications are open until Jan. 31, 2022. Visit the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program webpage to learn more about eligibility requirements and the application timeline.


Lia Collen

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