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2022 Summer Government Affairs Intern (Remote or DC Based)


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? 
You may only submit one internship application per term. Applicants submitting more than one application per term will not be considered. If you have a strong interest in multiple teams, you may indicate your alternate team preferences later in the application. Please note that selecting multiple teams does not increase your likelihood of being selected for an internship. 
The government affairs team is the Partnership’s voice on Capitol Hill, working to advance the organization’s good government agenda by building bridges of understanding between federal agencies and Congress, advocating for a modernization of America’s civil service system and sharing the Partnership’s work with committees, members and their staff. 
Interns on the government affairs team will follow Hill activity related to our core initiatives of civil service modernization, while helping deliver content to congressional staff and agency employees with the goal of improving understanding between branches of government. Interns will also assist with our new initiative, the Alliance for Congress, to help restore Congress as a co-equal branch of government. The Government Affairs team offers interns the opportunity to become more informed about the legislative process and the policies and practices of the federal government. 
The ideal candidate will have strong communication, teamwork and time management skills, flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and a commitment to public service. 
This position typically reports to an associate or associate manager. 
This job operates in a professional office environment in Washington, DC. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner. Please note that as a result of COVID-19, We are planning for this position to be hybrid work based in Washington, DC (a combination of remote work and some in-person office work or events), depending on specific team needs. Needs will be discussed during the interview stage of the hiring process. 
Business hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, though exact work hours may vary depending on availability and need. Academic schedules will be accommodated; a part-time schedule may be considered. There may be occasional early morning or evening activities required. 
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 2022 internships available in: 
  • Communications: ideal for those interested in communications, marketing, event planning 
  • Development: ideal for those interested in nonprofit fundraising and relationship management 
  • Government Affairs: ideal for those interested in the legislative process and federal policies 
  • Leadership Development: ideal for those interested in organizational and leadership development 
  • HR and Operations: ideal for those interested in nonprofit operations/management, talent acquisition, project management, human resources 
  • Center for Presidential Transition: ideal for those interested in presidential transition 
  • Research, Analysis and Program Evaluation: ideal for those interested in social science research 
  • Federal Hiring and Employee Engagement: ideal for those interested in data collection and analysis, relationship management, event planning and logistics, and the federal hiring process  
Specific internship position descriptions are available at
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 

Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this experience will earn credit.

If travel occurs, it is local and during the business day. 
Must be based in the United States for the duration of the internship.   
The Partnership is 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. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law. 
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.