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Federal Advisor Certificate Program

The Partnership for Public Service is proud to offer the Federal Advisor Certificate program. This program is designed to provide advisors with a comprehensive view of how to:

  • Advise students on federal opportunities
  • Build agency relationships
  • Promote federal service on campus

This is a great professional development opportunity for those interested in providing the latest and greatest information on job search strategies for students interested in public sector careers.

Requirements and Program Content

To receive a Partnership for Public Service Federal Advisor Certificate, advisors must demonstrate a commitment to promoting public service opportunities by:

  • Gaining a command of federal hiring process and opportunities
  • Demonstrating active promotion of these opportunities on campus
  • Establishing the capability and commitment to building agency relationships.

To obtain the certificate, each participant must complete all events in the following three areas.

Virtual Federal Advisor
Training Series
Federal Advisor
Strategy Package
Go Government
Webinar Series

Purchase all events in the three areas required to obtain the Federal Advisor Certificate of Completion for $534.00.


Through interactive webinars, participants will gain a better understanding of the federal hiring process, learn how to advise students on federal opportunities and build meaningful agency relationships.

The next Virtual Federal Advisor Training session will be held in November 2013. Register today!

Advising Students on Federal Opportunities
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Learn how to navigate the federal hiring process and learn more about student programs, where the jobs are and the federal application process.

Campus Sustainability
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Discuss ways to promote federal service in cost-effective and sustainable ways by involving the whole campus community and building off what has worked at other campuses.

Building Agency Relationships
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Identify best practices for building agency relationships by leveraging existing college or university relationships and strategically developing new long-term relationships.

Register today!


The Federal Advisor Strategy Package will connect campuses with agencies and explore topics such as student opportunities in federal service, hiring trends at federal agencies and mission-critical positions.

The next Federal Advisor Strategy Package will begin in Fall 2013. Register today!

Who Should Attend?

We recommend this program to intermediate to advanced career services professionals who are looking for specialized advice for their federal service promotion on campus and who are ready to build meaningful relationships with the Partnership's federal agency contacts.

Virtual Summit I: The New Pathways Programs
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Don’t miss this chance to make connections with agency representatives while gaining insight on the changing federal landscape and hiring reform. With the new Pathways Programs in effect, this interactive summit will allow a select number of college and university representatives to interact directly with agencies regarding their use of the Pathways Programs in recruiting for internships and entry-level positions.

Virtual Summit II: Government Careers in Mission-Critical Fields
Tuesday, February 18, 2013, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. EST
Government agencies cannot achieve their missions without the right talent. During this summit, Partnership staff will facilitate a discussion about federal agencies’ mission-critical talent needs and the variety of ways agencies get this talent in the door. Agency representatives will be on the line to discuss their strategies for attracting mission-critical talent and their top tips for students and jobseekers interested in federal positions.

One-Hour Strategy Sessions
An individualized one-hour strategy session with Partnership staff about how to build agency relationships and create a sustainable federal service campaign on campus.

Dates and times of the strategy sessions are determined on a first come first serve basis.

Week of Dec. 2, 2013
Week of Jan. 3, 2014
Week of Feb. 10, 2014


This webinar series provides career services professionals with convenient webinars to show to students and alumni looking for federal opportunities.

Go Government: Getting Out of the Office with the Government
Thursday, September 26 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST
Interested in working in a lab? Doing field work? Traveling the country? Come work for the federal government! Contrary to popular belief, the public sector has more to offer than office jobs. Hear from agency representatives about these exciting opportunities and how you can secure such a position.

Go Government: How to Create a Strong Federal Resume
Tuesday, October 8 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST
Your federal resume is your first opportunity to prove you are perfect for your dream job or internship! Learn from Partnership staff and agency representatives about how to tailor your federal resume to increase your chances of landing an interview.

Go Government: What Makes a Federal Job Application Stand Out?
Thursday, October 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST
Marketable skills such as leadership, networking, communication, and teamwork are critical to careers in government, even in technically specific fields. Join Fed Coach Tom Fox for a discussion about how to identify and highlight these intangible skills to give you an edge over the competition for federal internships and jobs.

The Go Government webinar series fulfills one of the requirements of the new Federal Advisor Certificate. Register today!

Cost of Trainings

Purchase all events in the three areas required to obtain the Federal Advisor Certificate for $534.00. If you do not wish to purchase all events, each of the three areas can be purchased individually.


  • Registration for the next Virtual Federal Advisor Training Series will open in April 2013
  • Registration for the next Federal Advisor Strategy Package will open in Fall 2013

Certificate Terms

After successful completion all required training, the certificate is valid for four years. The certificate can be renewed after four years by attending a Virtual Federal Advisor Training.

For those pursuing the certificate from the same school, each advisor must complete the virtual training (separate registrations) and complete the Go Government Webinar Series in different semesters. They are permitted to participate jointly in the Federal Advisor Strategy Package programming for credit towards the certification.

Retroactive Qualification

The Partnership is not able to offer retroactive credit towards a certificate for those who have completed a Federal Advisor Training prior to Nov. 13, 2012 or a Go Government Webinar Series prior to Feb. 5, 2013.

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.