Partnership for Public Service

Recognized as one of the Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For by The NonProfit Times and as a Top Place to Work by the Washington Post, The Partnership for Public Service http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

The Education & Outreach team http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/strategy/inspire_hire.shtml works to educate and inspire top talent about federal opportunities and to transform recruiting and hiring practices across government. The team works with college and university faculty and staff members to promote federal service through workshops, webinars, trainings, conference presentations, student ambassadors and more. Additionally, the team works with federal agencies and helps them to build their capacity to recruit, hire and retain individuals of all ages and levels of experience.

As an intern on our team, you would play a critical role in the team’s efforts work with agencies and colleges/universities to build a pipeline of talent into the federal government. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders, including university administrators, faculty and staff, and government employees.

Duties will be tailored to specific interests, but may include: researching and developing new materials and resources, writing articles and blogs, presenting webinars, and assisting with event planning and program management. Specific responsibilities will be determined based on candidates’ interests, skills and availability. The Partnership for Public Service is a perfect fit for interns interested in gaining a broad understanding of the federal government and in learning how a fast-paced nonprofit organization works.

2015 Intern Reflection:

Eyebrows typically raise when I tell people what the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service does – it helps government serve the needs of the Americans by strengthening the civil service and the systems that support it. Quite an ambitious goal for an organization of nearly 100 people and only 14 years of age, but considering the work they've done thus far, it’s mind-boggling what the Partnership has accomplished and what they plan to do in the future. From successfully championing 31 pieces of Congressional legislation to launching a program to better prepare administrations and their presidential appointees to lead government from day one to preparing federal leaders to deliver results through its leadership programs, the Partnership is always at the forefront of offering holistic and substantive reforms that our government needs.

The Partnership believes that "good government starts with good people" to which I am surrounded by. They take said sentiment very seriously; refreshingly nonpartisan with a warm and inclusive corporate culture that is focused around building strong interpersonal relationships with ample opportunities for professional and personal development, I found myself after the first week not wanting to be anywhere else for the summer. My supervisor meets with me regularly to make sure I am enjoying my experience, am participating in projects that peak my interest and compliment my skill set, while also offering feedback on my performance. In the Education & Outreach division, I have an incredibly diverse work portfolio all with the common thread of inspiring and hiring mission critical talent so needed across agencies within the federal government. My favorite part of the internship, other than incredible work I am tasked with doing, and the free food that seems to always magically appear, is the people. Hailing from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the staff and other fellows at the Partnership are friendly, outgoing, fun, immensely talented and interesting, joined together despite very different backgrounds all driven by the same calling to improve our government and the lives of others. Every day I feel so privileged and honored to be at the Partnership and I could not more highly recommend this Director’s Internship.

Michael Paul Richard '17

Washington, D.C.
Advocacy/Policy, Federal /State and Local Government