Partnership for Public Service

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 ( 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. 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.

As a Partnership intern, you would play a critical role in our 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, such as university administrators, faculty and staff, and government employees. There may be additional opportunities to assist with the Partnership’s work to develop strong government leaders and/or supporting transformational efforts across the federal government.

Duties will be tailored to specific interests and organizational needs; these 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, developing/honing marketable skills and learning how a fast-paced nonprofit organization works.

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.