With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.
The City of Philadelphia Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) is an opportunity for current college undergraduate and graduate students to learn about and contribute to the City government that manages operations for the nation’s 6th largest municipality. MIP hosts the best and brightest students from around the nation to come to Philadelphia every summer and see all our great city has to offer.
The Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) is a ten-week PAID internship beginning June 3, 2019 and ending August 9, 2019. Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 25 hours per week and to be available to work the duration of the internship period.
The MIP consists of three main components:
Work component: Placement in a single department completing substantive work assignments
”Exploring Government”: Programming every Friday morning; includes speaker events, visits to municipal operations and programs, and leadership development training
My Philly Summer. Interns are invited to participate in the “My Philly Summer” program with Campus Philly. This program brings together interns working across various businesses in Philadelphia over the summer for fun, interesting, and free networking events throughout the summer.
There will also be occasional after-hours social and networking events for Mayor’s Interns to attend but these events are not mandatory.
Mayor's Interns work on projects and tasks providing research, administrative, and staff assistance to city managers. Past interns have assisted city staff in such functions as:
Research and analysis
Drafting presentations and reports
Organizational and Administrative Support
City Summer Interns come from across the country and represent a wide-range of colleges, graduate programs, and majors. Mayor’s Interns have helped complete grant applications, compile and analyze financial data, develop training and policy manuals, and assist in planning and implementing key City events across various departments and agencies. Examples of past participating departments include: Office of the City Controller; City Treasurer’s Office; Commerce Department, Office of Behavioral Health/Intellectual DisAbility Services; Department of Human Services; Police Department; Managing Director’s Office; Mayor’s Office of Community & Economic Opportunity Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.
We believe that part of the summer experience is for interns to experience Philadelphia as a city as well. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with other college students in the area and participate in a number of events and activities to help interns find their fit exploring the city.
Potential applicants must meet the following requirements:
Be current undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year prior to June 2019 or graduate-level students (recently graduated seniors may be considered)
The Mayor’s Internship Program may cooperate with programs under which students earn academic credit or qualify for work-study
Applicants must submit all parts of the application (as detailed below) by 5:00PM EST on February 1, 2019. Applicant’s resume, letter of recommendation, and essay should be included. All materials must be sent electronically (hard copy will not be considered).
The application consists of the following items:
A Letter of Recommendation: Recommendations should be completed by individuals who can speak to an applicant’s academic or work/volunteer experience. Recommendations from a friend or family member will not be accepted.
A 500 - 750 word essay that responds to the following questions:
Why do you want to participate in the Mayor’s Internship Program?
What areas of the City government are you most interested in working in? If you know specific departments, please provide those in your response.
What skills or qualities will you bring as a Mayor’s Intern?
Upon receipt of your application materials, we will contact you to describe the remaining selection process. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process with City departments on or around February 27- March 22. Out-of-town applicants may request interviews via telephone.
Candidates will be notified on or around March 27, 2019 if they have been selected to participate in MIP.
Any question, comments, or concerns regarding this program can be sent to mip@ phila.gov.
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to pchr@ phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website at: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations