Partnership for Public Service

Partnership for Public Service

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).


WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

INDUSTRY: Think Tank / Research / Policy

ABOUT US: We all deserve a government that is responsive to the needs of our fellow citizens. While others may debate whether government should be bigger or smaller, we focus on making it better. Since our founding in 2001, we have worked to make government more effective and efficient. Our nonpartisan stance allows us to collaborate with many different stakeholders who share our vision for a better government. We serve as a bridge between administrations, across the political aisle and from government to the private sector, bringing together diverse perspectives to develop forward-thinking solutions and put them into action. But improving government requires more than just ideas—we need a talented corps of knowledgeable, action-oriented problem-solvers capable of driving results and innovation. That’s why we work with leaders throughout government to help them transform the government we have into the government we need. We lead proactive efforts to make the federal government more effective. We convene stakeholders from across the public and private sectors to solve critical management challenges, and we work with federal agencies, Congress and the administration to deliver results.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: OPTION 1: Federal Workforce Programs 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.

OPTION 2: Communications 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.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: The ideal candidate will have strong time management and communication skills, attention to detail, adaptability, commitment to exceptional customer service, and a willingness to learn professional skills indispensable in any workplace.


The Partnership has about 125 full-time employees, and we host a cohort of approximately 20 interns each term. 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 notes at all staff meetings 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. Vaccination Policy: 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. A simple unnotarized copy of the official vaccination card or a notarized COVID-19 Vaccination Form attesting to full vaccination must be provided to the Vice President of Human Resources, prior to October 15, 2021. For new employees starting work with the Partnership on or after October 1, 2021, the documentation must be provided within two weeks after the start date. If you believe you qualify for an exception from the requirements of this policy, for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs, you must provide a letter (on letterhead) from your doctor or clergy to the Vice President of Human Resources by the above deadline. The Partnership will explore potential reasonable accommodations for you that would not cause undue hardship to the Partnership. However, such reasonable accommodations are not required and cannot be guaranteed.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera

2021 Intern Reflection:

Working at the Partnership has been a great summer opportunity. The organizational culture has been really welcoming and everyone seems dedicated to the mission of promoting good public service. I am working under the workforce team assisting the team with their federal employee engagement programming. I assist in producing workshops, training sessions, connecting with alumni, while attending partnership wide intern meetings. I feel more connected to my fellow interns than past intern groups at the partnerships. While working in the remote environment has not been ideal, it has allowed me to work a DC internship from Cambridge. While an in person experience will definitely differ from my own, the welcoming culture and dedication to the mission will not change.

- Georgiy Kent

2020 Intern Reflection:

Working for the Partnership has been a really interesting experience. As an intern, I have been responsible for helping to organize and have had the opportunity to listen in on calls with executives from over 90 federal agencies. It has been fascinating to hear them share how their agencies have been handling current challenges and preparing for the future. I have also gotten to help prepare marketing and invoicing materials, and to prepare presentations. I get to work on a lot of projects and have been exposed to a lot of the ways that the Partnership is helping to make the federal government more effective. The Partnership is very team-oriented and it has been great to get to know my co-workers and they have all been wonderful about showing me the ropes and helping me get the best experience possible even though we are online.

- Aidan Keenan '22

2019 Intern Reflection:

Working at the Partnership has been a truly exciting experience. In an office of over a hundred people, I have the opportunity to work on everything from their new leadership model to doing research on innovative federal initiatives. The Partnership is a relatively fast-paced environment and my coworkers are receptive to collaborating on projects with anyone who is interested in the work.

The Partnership is a really unique place to be because it provides insight into a wide range of federal agencies and ongoing projects to make the government more effective. I am really thankful for my experience with the Partnership for the professional development opportunities it has provided and the interesting work that I have access to.

-Jillian Sharples '21

2018 Intern Reflection:

It’s tough to describe the work I do at the non-partisan, non-profit Partnership for Public Service. Our mission is simple: make government more effective for the American people. The work that we do to help achieve that, however, is anything but. From conducting leadership training for federal managers, to helping agencies recruit more talent, to advocating for legislation in Congress, the Partnership takes on the challenge of civil service reform in unique and innovative ways. On our Federal Workforce team, I help achieve our mission by connecting agencies with mission-critical talent at colleges and universities across the country, mainly by launching a private-public program aiming to address the cybersecurity talent gap in the federal government. Though my initial intern portfolio was limited, the sheer breadth of the Partnership’s work has allowed me to find engaging projects across the organization. Each day brings interesting and varied work — in the same afternoon, I might update a career guide read by tens of thousands of job-searchers online in a year, analyze independent reports on STEM hiring at a federal agency, and revise budget drafts for our fall recruiting events for my supervisor all before I go home for the day.

There’s a strong belief here that good government starts with good people, and I think that attitude is what makes the Partnership special. Office culture is very strong: open communication, work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and friendly coworkers are in no short supply! The people that I’ve met here are passionate about public service, have unique backgrounds, and deeply believe in the importance of the civil service. They’re also passionate about helping interns: I’ve gotten involved in projects outside my portfolio I was interested in just by asking the leads. People are more than happy to take time to help you work on your goals, both at work and in career planning in general. Overall, I’m glad to be at the Partnership this summer. I feel like I’m treated as an equal more than an intern. For those who want a change of pace from the rest of DC, I would highly recommend it!

-Mikael Tessema '20

Washington, D.C.