Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program – Summer 2024

The Future Leaders program offers numerous opportunities for candidates to pursue. Explore the available opportunities for Summer 2024 below. Candidates may only apply to one opportunity per application cycle. The deadline for applications is November 24, 2023.

Opportunity Overview

Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program – Summer 2024

The Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program is an exciting opportunity for students of all majors to gain professional experience in the federal government. Since 2022, the program leads diverse young talent to government and offers students the opportunity to apply their educational training to work in a federal agency.

Candidates select two career tracks (listed below) that align most closely with their interests and skills.

  • Public Administration: May include positions in finance, human resources, management/administration, or similar fields.
  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering: May include positions in the fields of science and health, engineering and math. This track is open to candidates from technical backgrounds.
  • Government Contracting and Acquisition: May include positions relating to federal contracting and acquisition, procurement, and business.
  • Liberal Arts: May include positions in communications, arts, humanities, graphic design, public policy, writing/editing, communications, public affairs and social sciences.
  • Public Interest Technology: May include positions in operations technology-focused policy, graphic design, writing/editing, program management, data analysis, entrepreneurship and stakeholder management. This track is open to candidates from both technical and social science backgrounds, but candidates must be interested in technology innovation and harnessing the full potential of technology for public good.
  • Data Science: Interested in using your data science skills for the public good? Agencies across the federal government need data scientists, and several previous Future Leaders internships focused on data science. This track is open to candidates from technical backgrounds, including: computer science; engineering; statistics; mathematics; economics; data analytics; data science; information technology; business, finance; biostatistics; data analytics in artificial intelligence or machine learning; and physics.

What happens after candidates submit their application?

After the application closes, the Partnership will review all candidates for this program. If candidates move to the next round, they will receive communication from the Partnership seeking the candidate’s agency preferences for their internship placement. At that time, candidates will have the opportunity to rank from their choice of participating agencies in this program. Agencies will be announced throughout fall, and past partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration and the General Services Administration.

Future Leaders in Public Service – National Science Foundation

Since 1944, the National Science Foundation has worked to advance science, health and our national defense in all 50 states and U.S. territories. NSF’s mission is carried out by more than 2,500 employees around the world, including microbiologists, toxicologists, chemists, engineers, and environmental and public health professionals.

In 2022, NSF also launched the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or the TIP Directorate. The directorate seeks to advance U.S. competitiveness through investments that accelerate the development of key technologies and address pressing societal and economic challenges.

The NSF opportunity for internship placements with the TIP Directorate is open to candidates interested in at least one of the following career tracks:

  • Public Administration.
  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering.
  • Government Contracting and Acquisition.
  • Liberal Arts.
  • Public Interest Technology.

Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

Established in 1977 to honor the memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Senate staff member who was a victim of a terrorist act while on official duty at age 29, the Rosenthal Fellowship program provides graduate students in international affairs with the opportunity to intern at a congressional or executive branch office for the summer.

UPDATE: Candidates for a Rosenthal fellowship may receive a stipend and/or internship through the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program. Candidates are encouraged to apply for their own internships and funding opportunities while being considered for the program. Candidates can receive a stipend and/or an internship through the Future Leaders program if they are unable to secure their own funding or internship.

Summer 2024 Timeline

  • September: Applications for the summer 2024 cohort open.
  • November 24: Application closes.
  • December – January: Eligible candidates rank agencies for placement.
  • January 15 – March 31st: Virtual interviews conducted.
  • January – May: Background check process begins.
  • TBD: Virtual Orientation.
  • June: Internship Begins

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By Kelly McSergi
Kelly McSergi Assistant Director of Employer Relations