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How to Apply


Applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration:

  • Be current undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year prior to June 2020 or graduate-level students (recently graduated seniors may be considered)
    • Community college students who will have completed their second year prior to June 2020 are encouraged to apply. 

The Mayor’s Internship Program may cooperate with programs under which students earn academic credit or qualify for work-study.

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Applicants must submit all parts of the application (as detailed below) by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The applicant’s resume, letter of recommendation, and essay should be included. All materials must be received electronically (hard copy will not be considered). 
The application consists of the following items: 

  • 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 500 - 750-word essay that responds to the following:
      • 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?
      • Illustrate what peer mentorship means to you.

Upon receipt of your application materials, we will contact you to describe the remaining selection process. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process with City departments on or around March 2nd-25th 2020. Out-of-town applicants may request interviews via telephone.
Candidates selected to participate in MIP 2020 will receive an internship offer on or around March 27, 2020. They will then have 7 days to accept or decline the offer. 
For questions before you apply, consider registering for one of our Virtual Information Sessions at either of the following times:

Any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this program or the application process can be sent to
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to pchr@ For more information, go to the Human Relations Website at: