Partnership for Public Service

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Partnership for Public Service


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Dora Zhao '21, Terrell Seabrooks '21

Organization Description
We all deserve a government that is responsive to the needs of our fellow Americans. While others may debate whether government should be bigger or smaller, the Partnership for Public Service focuses 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 of a better government. We serve as a bridge between administrations, across the political aisle and from government to the private sector, bringing together different perspectives needed to develop forward-thinking solutions.

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.

The Partnership has been recognized by the NonProfit Times as a “Best NonProfit to Work For,” the Washington Post as a “Top Workplace,” and by the Business of Giving podcast in its “Better Than Most” feature.

The Partnership has approximately 95 full-time staff and 20 interns. We are excited about the opportunity to host a Princeton Intern in Civic Service because of the alignment of our respective missions. Additionally, we have had Princeton student interns before and have a Princeton alum on staff; we recognize the caliber of talent we would have to engage in a meaningful way to contribute to our work.

We take the quality of our intern program seriously and incorporate opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We are confident we can provide a substantive experience that provides value to the intern and the Partnership.

Internship Description
The intern will likely work on our Programs team with a focus on government engagement or research and program evaluation. 

The Partnership’s Programs team encompasses a wide range of programs focusing on leadership development, employee engagement, federal hiring and government reform.

This internship is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in any of the following: organizational and leadership development; business of government; nonprofit management; human capital; and/or the federal hiring process, including recruiting and retaining top talent in the federal workforce.

Programs team interns focused on government engagement play an integral role in contributing to a wide range of team activities and will develop critical professional skills in event planning and logistics, data collection and analysis, presentation development and delivery, project management, relationship management, and customer service. There are several different intern portfolios available depending on interest and experience.

The Research and Evaluation intern works as part of the Programs team to help produce the Partnership’s unique series of high-visibility reports, insightful issue briefs and innovative research projects, such as the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings. Additionally, interns may aid in evaluating the short- and long-term outcomes of the Partnership's leadership programs.

An intern with a focus on research and program evaluation will play a key role in conducting background research, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders, analyzing program data and responding to information requests. Interns also assist in planning and carrying out the logistics of convenings and report release events.

The ideal candidate will have social science research experience and possess strong writing skills, organization and time-management skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Candidates should be able to work independently and in a team setting.

Internship Qualifications
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 an extraordinary intern 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.

A student participating in the Princeton Internship in Civic Service will likely be placed on our Programs team. If the intern’s skills and interests align better with one of our other teams, we are open to placement there instead.

The intern will work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. His/her/their responsibilities will 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. We would ideally have interns that are capable of thriving in this type of environment.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
6:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Summer interns often stay in residence halls located on nearby campuses (GW, American, etc.) or find housing through the various DC intern networks.

Depending on the intern's role, they may be asked to help staff morning events that begin before 9 a.m. In those instances, they would work with the supervisor to identify a day to come in late/leave early to make up for that time. There is some flexibility with start time (some people work 8-5, for example).

Evaluation Excerpt

The Partnership for Public Service is a mission-driven organization, and it, very admirably, stays very true to its mission. I feel that staff is really working to make the government more effective and more efficient without being partisan in their recommendations. Through this internship, I learned so much more about our federal government and the dedicated career civil servants who work at various agencies. Through my time at the Partnership, I got a deep dive into the inner-workings of our government—an opportunity that I think everyone should have. —Dora Zhao '21

As a result of my service I have learned many important things. Most important is that service always be your main occupation... no matter what profession you choose.  —Terrell Seabrooks '21

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


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