The Call to Serve Speakers Bureau is an engaging way to bring exciting government work to life for students and jobseekers! OurSpeakers Bureau members range from physicists to lawyers to human resources professionals and are all equipped to educate audiences about the federal workforce and inspire a new generation to serve.
Speakers Bureau members visit college campuses and other student venues, both onsite and virtually, to promote public service and to deliver resources that will raise awareness of federal career opportunities amongst students of all ages. Speakers Bureau events range in size and style to meet the needs of the host venue while uniformly providing an experience that demonstrates the profound impact one can make in federal service.
The Partnership covers all of the costs associated with sending a Speakers Bureau member to a campus, including airfare, hotel accommodations and a per diem food allowance, as well as funding for additional travel expenses associated with a trip.
Help inspire our nation’s future leaders through the Call to Serve Speakers Bureau and bring a dynamic federal employee to your campus, either in person or virtually, at no cost to your college or university. Speakers are available in a broad range of career fields and represent diverse agency missions as they share their particular career path and motivation for working in the federal government. Speakers Bureau events range in size and style to meet the needs of the host venue while uniformly providing an experience that demonstrates the profound impact one can make in federal service.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama stressed the need to enhance education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, referred to as STEMM. These fields are important for helping our government fulfill its critical missions and for fostering America’s global competitiveness. The Partnership is currently focusing on promoting mission-critical STEMM positions in the federal government. Given this priority, special consideration will be given to colleges and universities with an interest in engaging students in STEMM fields. We encourage you to explore ways to incorporate these mission critical areas into your application for the fall semester.
Before you apply online, carefully review the request guidelines to determine whether or not your campus is eligible to apply, as well as which type of event, onsite or virtual, will be most appropriate for your school. Due to the considerable number of requests that we receive and the work schedules of our speakers, we cannot guarantee that your campus will be matched with a federal employee. It is important to note that whereas campus visits can sometimes be more difficult to match, we are almost always able to match speakers with schools for videoconferences and webinars.
In addition to meeting the request guidelines found below, we expect Speakers Bureau host campuses to be creative and enthusiastic when marketing and organizing activities, to engage both students and faculty members, to distribute Partnership resources, and to submit evaluations from students and campus coordinators alike after a Speakers Bureau member presents to them.
The Speakers Bureau application for fall 2013 will be available in late May.
The Speakers Bureau offers government employees a unique opportunity to share their federal story with students and jobseekers across the country, forge connections with these individuals, and encourage them to pursue public service careers. Speakers engage in government-wide networking sessions, strengthen their public speaking skills and deepen their knowledge of the federal space.
Speakers Bureau members share their experiences in government with talented students on college and university campuses, either onsite or virtually, at least once per year. Additionally, speakers commit to attending a program orientation, reading monthly updates and participating in relevant professional development activities coordinated by the Partnership with other members of the Speakers Bureau.
Through the Partnership's research report, “Making the Difference,” we found that students respond most favorably to federal employees with whom they can relate. The majority of Speakers Bureau members have between three and 10 years of experience in government and come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, locations and skill sets. To best align speakers with requests from campuses, we are currently recruiting enthusiastic federal employees who are committed to government service.
Federal employees from all agencies and subcomponents are eligible for the Speakers Bureau. We specifically encourage federal employees working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and environmental jobs to apply to encourage students studying in these fields to consider public service and assist the Partnership in meeting the needs of our federal workforce.
Applicants must have worked in government for a minimum of two years and should have previous public speaking experience. Though all applicants will be considered, priority will be given to candidates who meet these criteria.
Speakers Bureau applications are accepted and reviewed annually with the application opening in late May.
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.