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Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellowship for Public Service
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Brief Description:

Fellowship Overview

Yale Law School is excited offer the Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellowship for Public Service with the Partnership for Public Service. This fellowship is open to Yale Law School students upon graduation, as well as those alumni who have recently completed clerkships. If selected, participants would commit to serving for one year, full-time with the Partnership for Public Service. During their term, fellows would have opportunities to shadow federal executives and/or take on short rotational assignments with federal agencies. One fellow will be selected per term, with no overlap.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the application for The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights. Applicants interested in the project-based Bernstein Fellowship must apply through the YLS Common Application, not this application. 



The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better government and a stronger democracy. We believe that our future and our democracy depend on our ability to solve big problems—and that we need an effective federal government to do so. For more than 20 years, we have helped make this vision a reality, helping our government— the public institution most fundamental to our democracy—address current and future challenges.

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.

Position Overview

The Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellowship is for students and alumni of Yale Law School.

The fellowship provides an exciting opportunity to delve into legal issues, including important constitutional considerations, that are at the heart of how our federal government operates.
Candidates must be current 3Ls, LLMs and alumni who have graduated within the last three years. The fellow will be expected to be in Washington, D.C., for the one-year duration of the fellowship.

The Fellow will report to the Director of Policy and will also work closely with the Vice President for Government Affairs. The fellowship also will provide extensive opportunities for engagement with key influencers of government policies, including Congressional offices, federal agency officials, and other nonprofit and private sector organizations.

Projects and responsibilities include research and developing proposals related to:
·  The legal framework of the nonpartisan federal civil service, including due process rights for federal employees
·  The requirements of the Presidential Transition Act, which is intended to provide the peaceful transition from one president to another president
·  The processes for the vetting, nomination and Senate confirmation of presidential appointees
·  Congressional responsibilities of oversight and budget

Fellows will gain experience and skills to become public service leaders in the federal government or the nonprofit sector. Fellows can help design and carry out projects that align with their personal and professional interests as long as they also align with the Partnership’s mission and needs, and they can also carry out special projects as assigned by and in collaboration with senior executives at the organization.

Key Competencies

·  Interest in public service and the mission of the Partnership for Public Service.
·  Desire and ability to work in a nonpartisan fashion.
·  Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·  Strong research capabilities and problem-solving skills.
·  Flexibility, a can-do attitude and willingness to pitch in.
·  Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment and to organize multiple and varied projects simultaneously.
·  Ability to achieve results, both as a member of a team and individually

Required/Preferred Education and Experience

·  Must be a current 3L or LL.M. student at Yale Law School or have graduated from Yale Law School within the last three years.
·  The fellow will be expected to be in Washington, D.C., for the one-year duration of the

Supervisory Responsibility/Reporting Structure

This position reports to a director.

Work Environment

This job operates in a hybrid (remote + office) environment in Washington, D.C. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as a computer, telephone, printer and scanner.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Occasional evening or weekend activities may be required as well. The Partnership allows flexibility in work schedules.


If travel occurs, it is usually during the business day. Very little out of the area and/or overnight travel will be required.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is $75,000. Benefits will be provided. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; long- and short-term disability insurance; a 401(k) program with a 4 percent employer match; opportunities for training and development; 15 days of annual leave per year, 10 days of sick leave per year, plus all federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving off; and use of an on-site exercise facility.

AAP/EEO Statement

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 application for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.

Vaccination Policy

All Partnership employees, regardless of position or physical location, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment. For new employees, a simple unnotarized copy of the official vaccination card or a notarized COVID-19 Vaccination Form attesting to full vaccination must be provided to human resources 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. 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.

Application Information:

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should complete the online application with the following information:
1) Name, email and year of graduation or expected year of graduation.
2) A personal statement of interest no longer than 1,000 words:
(a) Describing your experiences with and commitment to public interest/public service, aspirations for future work, and the ways in which the fellowship will help achieve your aspirations/long-term goals;
(b) Explaining  why you  wish to work at the Partnership for Public Service specifically.
3) A minimum of two letters of recommendation, and up to three letters of recommendation, preferably including at least one from a legal employer or supervisor and one from a clinical or academic professor.
4) An unofficial transcript.
5) A resume.
6) A writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the fellowship application for The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights. Applicants interested in the project-based International Human Rights Bernstein Fellowship must apply through the YLS Common Application.

For further information, please contact Norma D’Apolito, Director of Public Interest and Fellowships, at

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Thorsten Wilhelm at

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          Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
          2/01/2024 11:59 PM