Federal Hiring

Building the workforce our government needs

Federal Hiring

Federal agencies are struggling to recruit and hire the vital talent needed to ensure our government’s health and security. Due to competition for top candidates and a deeply broken federal hiring process, many of the brightest employees in critical fields like cybersecurity, science, technology, engineering and math choose other employers over the federal government. Young people, who bring energy and creativity to the workplace is valuable, are vastly underrepresented compared to the broader labor market. And it is challenging for government to attract and hire mid- and senior-level talent from other sectors who offer fresh perspectives and innovations from other sectors to solve federal challenges.

We help federal agencies address these critical talent gaps by advocating for better policy, developing new hiring and recruitment strategies, and educating students, faculty, and career services professionals and job seekers about federal opportunities. In all, we work to remove the barriers that obstruct candidates at all experience levels from entering public service.

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Strategic Recruitment Plan template

In the Partnership for Public Service’s Rapid Reinforcement report, developing a recruiting infrastructure and applying a project management approach were identified as key strategies for federal agencies to compete for talent in an ever-evolving environment. This strategic recruitment plan serves as both a recruitment guide and project management template to help agencies proactively identify resources, schedule events, and align efforts across functions.

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Call to Serve: Colleges and Universities

Higher Education

Educating a new generation about federal service.

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Go Government for Jobseekers

Go Government is a resource with comprehensive tips for how to find and apply for federal jobs. The site helps jobseekers research federal agencies and careers in government, understand federal terms, navigate USAJOBS—the government’s career board— and access practical tips about the application and interview process.

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Recruiting and Hiring Assistance

HR Professionals and Hiring Managers

The Partnership works with agencies to develop custom programs ranging from half-day workshops to months-long engagements that meet specific recruiting and hiring needs, particularly for the Pathways Programs. Our approach draws on our experiences working with multiple agencies and hundreds of leaders across federal government.

For more information about our custom programs, contact Michelle Amante at [email protected].

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Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service

The Partnership supports the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program, a 10-week internship at state, local and federal agencies for undergraduate students at four universities—Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley and the University of Southern California. The fellowship exposes students to government service and provides leadership development and networking opportunities.

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Cybersecurity Talent Initiative

The Partnership, in collaboration with Mastercard, Microsoft, Workday and a dozen federal agencies are providing a cross-sector opportunity for entry-level cybersecurity talent to address the talent gap in this field and the student loan crisis in America. This program will develop the next generation of cybersecurity leaders who will spend two years working at a federal agency and then be invited to apply for a position with one of our corporate partners. During your time in the public sector, the Partnership will provide a professional development and mentorship program, as well as technical training to help guide you in your career.

For more information, contact us at [email protected]

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Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

The Partnership serves as the program administrator for the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship. This program provides a select number of civic-minded graduate students in international relations with a stipend and an internship in a congressional or executive branch office. Fellows will benefit from an unparalleled work experience while also participating in events organized by the Partnership.

For more information about the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship, contact us at [email protected].

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Call to Serve Internship Program

The Call to Serve Internship program offers innovative, civic-minded undergraduate students the opportunity to experience federal service firsthand. The program will bring selected students to spend a summer term working in a federal agency on a variety of pressing topics. The Partnership will provide professional development events and networking opportunities.

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Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program

The Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program is recruiting young talent to join the federal workforce in support of two agencies. The program places students with critically needed skills into paid internships and aims to develop a diverse pool of young  talent for these agencies.  

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Our Work

Through workshops and webinars, as well as custom agency engagements, we help agencies address their recruiting and hiring challenges. Since 2013, our Civil Service Fellows Program has helped place candidates with STEM backgrounds into critical agency positions. And our Go Government website is a reliable resource helping prospective applicants find information about the federal hiring process. We also offer regular webinars and training sessions to students and campus representatives to help educate top talent about federal job opportunities.

Our Results

The Partnership has advocated for critical reforms to the federal hiring process. In 2015, our work helped inform the Competitive Service Act, legislation that will allow agencies to more easily fill mission-critical positions. We also help HR and hiring managers use the hiring flexibilities and work collaboratively to recruit talent. In addition, we oversee Call to Serve, a national system that works with federal agencies and more than 1,000 institutions of higher education to promote federal service. Since 2008, we have also trained 200 Federal Student Ambassadors, who help promote federal opportunities on college campuses and serve as a vital resource for agencies as they fill entry-level positions.