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City of Philadelphia

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

"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.

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.