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