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Internship- Summer 2020- Government Leadership and Management Programs

INTRODUCTION
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a big mission: we’re working to ensure the federal government is dynamic, innovative and that it effectively serves the American people. We’ve got a great team that helps make it happen.

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core, we share a lot of the same traits. We are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.

Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:
  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government
  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect
  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results
  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible

We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process. Are you ready to join our team?

GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT INTERN
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 develop strong leaders, engage employees, enhance management, encourage innovation and address workforce challenges, such as recruiting and hiring talent. Our audience includes agencies as varied as the Executive Office of the President, NASA and the Intelligence Community.

Interns’ work portfolios will align with our programmatic areas of federal workforce programs, government effectiveness, leadership development and federal executive networks. Interns' specific responsibilities will include a combination of program administration, training and event planning and logistics, presentation development, data and information synthesis and analysis, note taking, and background research. Interns will support a variety of programs and projects and work closely with multiple people across the organization.

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.

During their internship, interns will learn more about project management, nonprofit management, data collection and analysis, relationship management, event planning and logistics, and customer service. At the end of their term, interns will walk away with a greater understanding of how the federal government and its agencies work.

PUBLIC SERVICE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Public Service Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to contribute to the Partnership’s mission while developing valuable professional skills.

Summer 2020 internships available in:
  • Communications: 2-3 positions (ideal for those interested in communications, marketing, events planning)
  • Development: 1 position (ideal for those interested in nonprofit fundraising and relationship management)
  • Government affairs: 2 positions (ideal for those interested in the legislative process and federal policies)
  • Government leadership and management programs: 6-8 positions (ideal for those interested in organizational and leadership development, human capital, business of government, the federal hiring process)
  • Presidential Transition: 3-4 positions (ideal for those interested in presidential transition)
  • Research, analysis and program evaluation: 2 positions (ideal for those interested in social science research)

Specific internship position descriptions are available at https://ourpublicservice.org/about/public-service-internship-program/.

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 shifts to staff the front desk and assisting other teams as needed. Due to the matrixed environment of our organization, interns will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects and learn about other teams.

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, interviewing, etc. Interns are also invited to participate in all 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.

WHO SHOULD APPLY
The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government.

We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:
  • A commitment to public service
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • An ability to work well in teams

There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!

All internship positions are physically located in Washington, DC at the Partnership’s office. There are no current opportunities for interns to work remotely. Applicants must be willing to relocate to Washington, DC for the duration of the term. Please note that the Partnership does not provide housing or relocation assistance for interns.
 
HOW TO APPLY
Before applying, carefully read the internship position descriptions at https://ourpublicservice.org/about/public-service-internship-program/ to determine which position(s) you are best qualified for and most interested in pursuing. While each position requires a commitment to public service, the descriptions detail the skills and competencies necessary for each particular position. You may only apply to one internship position per term but will have a chance to indicate your interest in other positions on the application form.

For full consideration, you must apply through our website.  We can only consider applications received directly; we cannot consider applications submitted only through Handshake.

SELECTION PROCESS
The applicant review and selection process depends on the number of applicants, though we strive to conduct interviews (including phone and video interviews) and have offers extended within a month after the application deadline of March 6, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as we do review resumes on a rolling basis and reserve the right to fill positions before the application deadline.
 
COMPENSATION
Interns receive the following compensation:
  • Full-time interns with an undergraduate or graduate degree will receive $1,000 per month
  • Full-time interns who are currently undergraduate students will receive $800 per month
  • Part time intern compensation will be pro-rated accordingly