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Mayor Internship Program Summer 2016


Mayor’s Internship Program

    Work Component
    Exploring Government
    Group Project
How to Apply

The City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Internship Program (MIP) is an opportunity for undergraduates who would have completed their sophomore year by the start of the program and graduate-level students to learn about and contribute to the city government managing operations for the nation’s 5th largest municipality.

During their tenure, Mayor’s Interns are assigned substantive projects and tasks providing research, administrative, and staff assistance to City officials in various departments across the City of Philadelphia municipal government. Interns are also provided the opportunity to learn about careers in government, hear from leaders in City government, and visit City facilities and operations. MIP offers real work experience while exposing participants to the diverse functions and operations of a large municipal government.

The students selected to be Mayor’s Interns come from across the country and represent a diverse range of majors and interests. For instance, recent Mayor’s Interns have attended the following colleges and universities:

  • Brandeis University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Drexel University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • LaSalle University
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Penn State University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • University of Albany
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University
  • Yale University


Program Overview

The Mayor’s Internship Program (MIP) is a ten-week unpaid internship beginning June 6, 2016 and ending August 12, 2016. Interns are required to commit to 25 hours per week and be available to work the duration of the internship program. Included in the 25 hours are departmental work, “Exploring Government” activities and participation in a group program. Interns must participate in all three components of MIP.

The MIP consists of three main components:

  • Work component: Placement in a single department completing substantive work assignments (approximately 20 hours per week)
  • "Exploring Government": Every Friday programming that includes speaker events, visits to municipal operations and programs, and leadership development training
  • Group project: An interdepartmental issue a group of interns are assigned to analyze and develop strategies to address
  • Mayor’s 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.

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Work Component

Interns are assigned to work in one department for the duration of the internship program. Placements are made based on background, interests, and overall match with the host department. Representing a wide-range of government operations, a partial list of last year’s host departments include:

  • City Treasurer’s Office
  • Department of Behavioral Health/IntellectualDisAbility Services
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Public Health
  • Finance Department
  • Licenses & Inspections
  • Managing Director’s Office
  • Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity
  • Office of Leadership Investment
  • Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy
  • Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Office of the City Controller
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health & Opportunity
  • Parks & Recreation
  • PhillyRising
  • Revenue
  • The Philadelphia Police Department

Interns work on a variety of projects and tasks in their host department and have the opportunity to work closely with managers within the department. Examples of potential tasks include:

  • Program planning
  • Research and analysis
  • Data compilation and entry
  • Constituent services
  • Field work
  • Grant writing
  • Correspondence

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"Exploring Government"

Every Friday morning, MIP hosts “Exploring Government” activities during which interns attend speaker presentations, visit municipal operations or programs, or participate in leadership and career development activities. Past speakers have included members of the Mayor’s cabinet, Deputy Mayors, Commissioners and other high-level City staff. Presentation topics have ranged from education policy to public health services. Past site visits have included large-scale economic development initiatives as well as neighborhood-specific housing and community development programs.

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Group Project

The group project simulates the process city managers undertake when working with an interdepartmental group to develop strategies to address a particular issue the City of Philadelphia government faces. Interns are divided into small groups and work with group project leaders on a policy or operational question facing the City. By the end of the internship, each group produces a white paper outlining the issue and the proposed strategies and presents their finding to the City’s A Team. In 2016, the group presentations included:

    PCAO Client Survey Project

    Philadelphia International Unity Cup

    Summer Survey of Emergency Meal Guests

    Performance Management Training and Capacity Building

    Poverty Reduction & Economic Development Project

    Transforming A Cemetary Into A Community Green Space

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How to Apply

Applications must be undergraduates who would have completed their sophomore year by the start of the program and graduate-level students. MIP may cooperate with programs under which students earn academic credit or quality for work study (when that work study is fully subsidized by the college or university). Please contact MIP staff for more information as to whether your program qualifies.

Applicants must submit all parts of the application (as detailed below) by 5:00PM EST on February 5, 2016. The Applicant Summary Form is to be completed online (link provided below). Applicant’s resume, letter of recommendation, and essay should be sent separately via email to by February 5th. The email subject should read, [Last, First] MIP Application. All materials must be sent electronically (hard copy applications will not be considered).

The application consists of the following items: 

    • A completed Applicant Summary Form
    • A Resume
    • 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. All recommendations must be sent via email and may be sent separately from the rest of the application. If sent separately, please include the following subject line: [Last Name, First Name] MIP Recommendation
    • A 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, the Office of Leadership Investment will contact you to conduct an initial phone screening interview. Selected applicants will then participate in second round interviews with City departments. Out-of-town applicants may request interviews via telephone.

Candidates will be notified on or around March 28, 2016 if they have been selected to participate in MIP.

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