Federal Manager's Daily Report

A new program seeks to improve agency internship programs by funding paid internships for 400 undergraduate and graduate students, starting with the Commerce and Transportation departments.

The program is a joint venture of the Partnership for Public Service, which will provide orientation, professional development training and networking opportunities for participants, and the Schmidt Futures philanthropy, which will fund the $4,000 stipends for the internships, which are to last 10-12 weeks during the summers, starting with 200 students each in 2022 and 2023.

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The Partnership has repeatedly called attention to the relatively low percentages of younger federal employees—only about 7 percent are below age 30, less than a third of the private sector percentage—while the Biden administration separately has sought to reinvigorate internship type programs—in which participation has dwindled in recent years—including by emphasizing paid rather than unpaid programs.

Eligibility and application information is at https://ourpublicservice.org/applications/future-leadership-in-public-service-application

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