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Mayor’s Internship Program

    Work Component
    Exploring Government
    My Philly Summer
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, and analysis, as well as administrative, and staff assistance to City officials in various departments across the City of Philadelphia municipal government. Interns are also provided a host of additional opportunities to learn about careers in government from leaders and employees across the City.  The program will provide development experiences in a number of soft skills that will provide the intern with additional skills to support their career success.    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 backgrounds, majors and interests. For instance, some 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 5, 2017 and ending August 11, 2017. 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": Programming that 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.

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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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My Philly Summer

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. 

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How to Apply

Applications must be either undergraduates who would have completed their sophomore year by the start of the program or 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 27, 2017. The Applicant Summary Form is to be completed online using the “Apply Now” link on the upper left portion of this page.  Attachments can be added later by resubmitting your application using the same email address. 

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. A 750 word essay that responds to the following questions:
      • Why do you want to participate in the Mayor’s Internship Program?
      • Where are you most interested in working in City government and why? If you know specific departments, please provide those in your response.
      • What skills or qualities will you bring as a Mayor’s Intern?qualities will you bring as a Mayor’s Intern?
    • Completion of a survey used to collect summary information about your education and experiences.

Upon receipt of your application materials, the Human Resources & Talent Unit will contact you to describe the remaining selection process. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process with City departments on or around March 6 – 17, 2017. Out-of-town applicants may request interviews via telephone.

Candidates will be notified on or around March 27 , 2017  if they have been selected to participate in MIP.

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