Problem Identification:
While many City departments offer internship opportunities, there exist few formalized efforts to actively recruit qualified intern candidates to serve in the public sector.

Recommended Action:
Develop a formalized internship program that provides highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students with structured opportunities to gain meaningful employment experience in the public sector.


Functional/Operational Area:

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:

Barriers to Implementation:

Projected Implementation:
60 days

Next Steps:
Designate a Citywide internship coordinator, develop formal guidelines for the selection of qualified internship candidates, assess departments’ internship needs and capabilities to provide program participants a meaningful internship experience, and market the program to interested academic institutions.

Internship programs have become the private sector’s preferred mechanism for recruiting new talent offering employers a regular pipeline of candidates for future staffing needs. Undergraduate and graduate students attempting to bolster their appeal to prospective employers often pursue paid, for-credit, and in some cases volunteer internship opportunities as means to complement their academic training with real world experience. Given the large number of colleges and universities in the Baltimore region, there already exists an easily accessible pool of internship talent.

In Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office Summer Internship Program annually receives resumes from approximately 200 candidates from across the country willing to serve 10-12 week volunteer internships in the Mayor’s Office and in various municipal departments and agencies. In exchange for their service, interns attend weekly brown bag lunches with local business leaders and elected officials, periodic tours of interesting City operations and facilities, and group trips to local sporting and cultural events. The internship experience culminates in a meeting with the Mayor and a discussion of the work undertaken by the interns during the summer. Aside from the valuable contributions made by the group of interns, the program proved an invaluable recruiting tool as between 1995 and 1998 four program participants later received permanent appointments as assistant deputy mayors.