Fund Details
Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellowship for Public Service
Competition Type


The Partnership for Public Service
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. doing critical pro-democracy work. Since 2001, the Partnership has worked to make the federal government more efficient, innovative, and better at serving the public. They are committed to ensuring that government has the leadership, talent and systems to serve the public while also adapting to emerging challenges.
The Partnership pursues its goals through four major program areas:

Leadership Development – The Partnership has reached over 15,000 federal employees across 75 agencies through their leadership training programs, which prepare civil servants to take ownership of their role and work by empowering their teams to work across boundaries and drive innovation in a fast-changing, uncertain world. 98% of their program participants have applied lessons learned on the job.

Center for Presidential Transition – The first of its kind, the Center serves as the premier nonpartisan source of information and resources to help presidential candidates and their teams, Congress, and federal agencies carry out their responsibilities in laying the groundwork for a new administration or for a president’s second term. They also advocate for improvements to transition laws and practices.

Government Modernization – The Partnership has successfully championed 46 reforms on key federal management issues and helped government take cutting-edge management practices from the business world and adapt them to the federal setting. Additionally, they produce research and thought leadership on topics ranging from customer experience to AI and build communities of federal executives to promote the adoption of best practices on a wide range of management topics.

Employee Engagement – The Partnership has published the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings since 2003 and given over 200 briefings with its findings to help leaders take a data-driven approach to better supporting and empowering their people. They have also honored more than 500 outstanding federal employees through the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program.

Fellowship Projects/Work

This fellowship is focused on building public management and leadership skills and will give the fellow wide exposure to federal government officials and offices.  Fellows will have a chance to pick working on a current project idea or to help fashion their own project within the organization’s interest areas. Potential fellowship projects may include researching, designing, and advocating for reforms to government personnel and management policy; working with the government to improve presidential transition laws and practices; working directly with Partnership executives to gain a skillset in nonprofit management; exploring various federal agencies and how they operate through agency placements; and engaging in other pro-democracy work, as it arises, to improve how the federal government operates.

The fellowship is open to current 3Ls, LLMs and alumni who have graduated within the last three years who have not previously worked as a fellow at the Partnership for Public Service.  Applicants must be a member of any bar or eligible to sit for the bar prior to the start of the fellowship. The fellow will be expected to be in Washington D.C. for the year or two-year duration of the fellowship. This fellowship is not open to non-US citizens. 

Pay and Other Benefits
The stipend 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 subsidized use of an on-site exercise facility.

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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