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High School Internship Program
Application opens Spring 2015


Referral Code: RCIT

Mayor Internship Program Summer 2015


How to Apply

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 6th and ending on Friday, August 14th . 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 workplace skill and leadership development training. In addition, students will attend a College and Career Fair hosted by the City of Philadelphia.

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 Michael Nutter, 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 2015 “Summer in the City” High School Internship Program include:

      1. Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual DisAbility Services
      2. Commerce Department
      3. Free Library of Philadelphia
      4. Health Department
      5. Human Resources
      6. Law Department
      7. Mayor’s Office
      8. Office of Licenses & Inspections
      9. Office of Supportive Housing
      10. Philadelphia Fire Department
      11. Philadelphia Police Department
      12. Philadelphia Prisons System
      13. 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 2015.
    • Able to commit to 20 hours per week for 6 weeks from early July 2015 to mid-August 2015.

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 application online by Friday, May 1st.

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 1, 2015 deadline. Applicants for the “Summer in the City” program will be asked to attend an enrollment appointment on one of the following dates:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, April 23, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

All enrollment appointments will be held between 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, in the Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK Blvd), 16th Floor, Room X.

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 mid June 2015.

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’s summer internships; however, placement is not guaranteed.

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

714 Market St.
Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 267-502-3742

If you have any questions specifically about the “Summer in the City” internships with city municipal government, please contact us at or 215.686.2138. Due to high levels of correspondence, please allow up to 72 hours to receive a response.

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