Fellowship and Internship Programs

Fellowship and Internship Programs


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Fellowship and Internship Programs

The Partnership offers a robust series of internships, fellowships and talent exchange programs designed to bring more young people into government and help agencies recruit and retain the talent they need to succeed.  Read more on these opportunities below.

A national system of federal agencies and institutions of higher education that helps colleges and universities connect students and alumni with federal jobs, trains universities to support students interested in public service and works to recruit the next generation of public servants.

The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative offers recent cybersecurity graduates the opportunity to gain public sector work experience, develop cross-sector networks and receive professional development. Participants are placed at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs for two years, receiving on-the-job cyber skills training. Simultaneously, the Partnership offers technical training, professional development and  a mentorship program to help guide participants. Applications for CTI cohorts open annually in August.

The Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program places students with critically needed skills into 10-12-week paid summer internships at the Departments of Transportation and Commerce. Candidates interested in several career tracks—including finance, public policy and administration, engineering, science, math, information technology and the liberal arts—are encouraged to apply. Applications for the program typically open in the fall.

The Rosenthal Fellowship is a prestigious program that provides a select number of civic-minded graduate students in international relations with a summer internship in a congressional or executive branch office. Fellows will benefit from an unparalleled work experience and participate in events organized by the Partnership. A limited number of students will receive stipends to support their work. Applications for the Rosenthal Fellowship open each fall.

The IPA Talent Exchange program places Intergovernmental Personnel Act placements—individuals from academia, nonprofit organizations, and state and local government—to work in a federal agency for up to two years, focusing specifically on priority programs and projects that require additional staff. The program prepares IPA placements to maximize their impact in the public sector and enables agencies to address urgent talent needs. Participating agencies submit job descriptions for IPA assignments while the Partnership for Public Service identifies potential candidates and matches them to agency positions. Applications for candidates and agencies open in the fall and winter.

Building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible federal workforce

Federal agencies need to build diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplaces and provide more opportunities to underrepresented communities to ensure our government mirrors the communities it serves. 

Our custom offerings help agencies embed DEIA principles into talent management practices,  create more inclusive organizational cultures, strengthen leadership capability on DEIA issues and develop more inclusive recruiting and hiring practices. We also foster collaboration among HR professionals, Equal Employment Opportunity specialists, hiring managers and other DEIA stakeholders, and bring together senior federal diversity officers to discuss DEIA issues and best practices. Our offerings are tailored for individual contributors, supervisors and team leads, affinity group members, senior executive and other teams.