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Referral Code: RCIT



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Program Overview

The “Summer in the City” High School Internship Program with the City of Philadelphia municipal government is a paid six-week internship beginning on Monday, July 10th and ending on Friday, August 18th. As a participating employer with the Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady Summer Internship Program, the City of Philadelphia municipal government will hire 100 students to work in various municipal placements for the duration of the internship term. Students will have the opportunity to be placed in a variety of different fields as part of the internship, including health, human services, finance, and law just to name a few.

As part of the WorkReady Summer Internship Program, students are required to spend 18 hours per week in an internship with a city department or office and an additional 2 hours each Friday in professional development training.

Interns will be required to attend a general orientation session through the WorkReady Summer Internship Program. Interns working specifically with the Philadelphia municipal government are also required to attend the city’s one-day internship orientation on their first day. The orientation includes a welcome ceremony with Mayor Jim Kenney, team-building activities, and information about working in city municipal government.

Interns will be placed in various departments and offices throughout the City of Philadelphia government based upon their skills and interests and will assist city staff on a variety of projects and tasks. Some of the participating departments for the 2016 “Summer in the City” High School Internship Program include:

      • Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disability Services
      • Commerce Department
      • Free Library of Philadelphia
      • Health Department
      • Human Resources
      • Law Department
      • Mayor’s Office
      • Office of Licenses & Inspections
      • Office of Supportive Housing
      • Philadelphia Fire Department
      • Philadelphia Police Department
      • Philadelphia Prisons System
      • Revenue Department

The Internship Program also offers participants the opportunity to learn about various careers in municipal government and post-secondary options upon their graduation from high school through additional events held during the internship term. 

Interns will receive an hourly wage for their internship. All students are administered a payroll debit card by the Philadelphia Youth Network.

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How to Apply

Potential applicants for the “Summer in the City” High School Internship Program must be:

    • A Philadelphia resident
    • A rising junior (sophomore to junior year), rising senior (junior to senior year), or recently graduated senior in high school as of summer 2017.
    • Able to commit to 20 hours per week for 6 weeks from early July 2017 to mid-August 2017.

In order to apply for the “Summer in the City” High School Internship Program with the City of Philadelphia, applicants must complete the Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady Summer 2017 Online Application, which will launch March 1, 2017. Applicants must also upload a current resume to their online application in order to be considered for an interview. To request an email reminder when the application launches, go to

All applicants must complete the application by, May 12, 2017. There are limited opportunities available, and interviews are scheduled on a first-come first serve basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To ensure your application is directed to the “Summer in the City” program, please type RCIT in the referral section. If you do not include this referral code on your application, it will NOT be directed to the “Summer in the City” program.
Enrollment Process

Upon receiving your completed application, the Philadelphia Youth Network will contact you to schedule an initial enrollment appointment. You will not be contacted for your enrollment appointment until a completed application is received by the May 12, 2017 deadline. Applicants for the “Summer in the City” program will be asked to attend an enrollment appointment on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017

All enrollment appointments will be held between 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM, in the Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK Blvd),16th Floor, Room X or Y

Please prepare to have a valid photo ID, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and Working Permit (if you need to obtain a Working Permit, please visit to learn how), in order to progress through the enrollment process. Without these documents, you will increase your enrollment wait time and may not be able to participate in the WorkReady Summer Internship Program. Additional information on the enrollment process can be found here. 

Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a formal interview with the City of Philadelphia the first or second week in June.

If you have not completed the enrollment process with the Philadelphia Youth Network by the time of these interviews, you will not be able to participate in the second round of interviews for the “Summer in the City” program with the City of Philadelphia municipal government.

Applicants will be notified of their selection to the internship by late June 2017. 

Please note that applicants who are not selected to participate in the “Summer in the City” High School Internship Program with city municipal government may be considered for an internship with another company participating in WorkReady’ summer internships; however, placement is not guaranteed.

If you have questions about the application or interview process, please contact the Philadelphia Youth Network at 

400 Market St.
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19106


If you have any questions specifically about the “Summer in the City” internships with city municipal government, please contact us at or 215.686.2343. Due to high levels of correspondence, please allow up to 72 hours to receive a response.

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