Our nation’s current and future challenges—from health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, continued economic inequality, and the ongoing need to build a more equitable and just society—make it imperative that government identify, recruit and retain the next generation of public servants.

With just under 7% of the full-time federal workforce under the age of 30, executive branch agencies are working to meet this need, prioritizing the design and implementation of paid internship programs that provide students with valuable work experience, an expanded professional network, and a better understanding of both the importance and impact of public service. These programs help college and graduate students—often facing an uncertain job market—apply their educational training to both short- and long-term federal opportunities and make a difference in society.

Operated by the Partnership for Public Service, the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program is recruiting young talent to join the federal workforce in support of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce. The program places students with critically needed skills into paid internships and aims to develop a diverse pool of young talent for these agencies.


Selected participants in the program will receive:

  • A 10-12 week summer internship with a federal agency.
  • $4,000 per student to cover stipend and other expenses.
  • Professional development sessions, including an orientation and networking events throughout the summer.


In order to apply to the program, candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens at the time of application submission.
  • Currently enrolled at an accredited educational institution in an undergraduate or graduate program. Undergraduates must be current second-year students/sophomores and above. Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 graduates may also apply.
  • GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Interested in at least one of the following career tracks:
    • Mission support. Ideal for students with backgrounds in finance, human resources and information technology.
    • Government contracting and acquisitions. Ideal for students focusing on federal contracting and acquisitions, or pursuing a business degree in subjects like finance.
    • STEM and innovation. Ideal for students majoring in the fields of science and health, technology, engineering, math, or interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.
    • Public policy and administration. Ideal for students interested in public policy and administration.
    • Liberal arts. Ideal for students studying communications, arts, humanities and social sciences.

Summer 2022 Timeline

  • October 18, 2021: Applications for the summer 2022 cohort open.
  • January 31, 2022: All completed applications must be submitted.
  • February 15-March 15, 2022: Virtual interviews conducted.
  • March 27-31, 2022: Selected fellows will be notified of placement.
  • May 2022: Internship begins.
  • Early August 2022: Internship ends.

Check back later this summer for 2023 program information.


Katy Hogan

Senior Manager, Partnership for Public Service

About Katy

Logan Kohl

Associate Manager, Partnership for Public Service

About Logan