Partnership for Public Service

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, the Partnership for Public Service 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. 

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" segment. 

The Partnership has about 130 full-time employees, and we host a cohort of approximately 20 interns each term. We have enjoyed hosting PICS interns in the past, especially because of the alignment with our respective missions. Additionally, PICS interns have contributed to the work of the Partnership in meaningful ways, and we anticipate the same quality work moving forward. 

We take the quality our intern program seriously and incorporate opportunities for professional and personal growth. We are confident in our ability to provide a high-quality experience that provides value to the intern and the organization. 


Washington, DC

Internship #1 Description 

Leadership Development Programs 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 and trainings aim to develop strong leaders, engage employees, encourage innovation and build our participants’ federal networks. An example of the programming this team is involved in would include our Excellence in Government Fellows Program or our Mission Support Leadership Program, both geared toward federal employees across government. 

During their internship, interns will learn more about project management, relationship management, event planning and logistics, customer service, and leadership development theory. At the end of their term, interns will walk away with a greater understanding of how the federal government and its agencies work and how federal employees can lead at every level. 

Internship #2 Description

The Partnership’s research team advises government on topics such as customer experience, artificial intelligence, data, technology modernization, innovation, change management, recruiting and hiring talent, employee engagement, performance management and presidential transition. The Research, Analysis and Evaluation team also oversees the Partnership’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning portfolio. 

Research, Analysis and Evaluation interns will have the opportunity to work on research products, data analysis, and/or program evaluations. Interns may contribute to high-visibility reports, insightful issue briefs and innovative research projects that aim to make the government more effective. One example is the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings. Additionally, interns may assist in evaluating the short-and long-term outcomes of the Partnership’s programs and support efforts to increase data-driven decision-making. 

Interns’ specific responsibilities will include a combination of conducting background research, taking notes, attending and writing summaries of interviews with federal leaders and private sector experts, analyzing program data and/or responding to information requests. Many activities will revolve around preparing for and transcribing qualitative interviews. Research interns also may assist in planning and carrying out the logistics of roundtable discussions and public-facing report release events. Interns may also collect, analyze and present on quantitative and qualitative data and assist with survey design and management. 

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 5/31 - 8/26 2022 9:00am  6:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

Housing will not be provided as part of the internship.

Internship Qualifications

Option 1: 

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. 

Option 2: 

The ideal candidate will have some social science research experience, possess strong writing skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel. Experience with qualitative research as well as strong organization and time management skills are strongly preferred. Experience with Qualtrics is a plus. Candidates should be able to work both independently and in a team setting. 

Additional Information: 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working remotely and have allowed flexibility for work schedules. If we are in person, there are times when an intern may need to arrive early or stay late to help with an event. If so, they would work with their supervise to identify ways to come in late/leave early to make up for that time. 

Writing Sample Required


Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations

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.