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Salt Lake City offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to be introduced to the functions of City government. The Salt Lake City Internship Program gives interns an insider’s view of local government and stimulates future interest in a possible career in the public sector. This program works closely with academic internship coordinators at local colleges, universities and professional schools.
The goal of the program is to introduce students to the many aspects of municipal government through public policy and management. The intern position is designed to provide students with a real life experience to enhance their academic and professional pursuits. Interns serve as a vital piece in the overall effort to articulate the Mayor’s vision for Salt Lake City. Upon appointment, interns will develop learning objectives in partnership with the internship coordinator, administrative staff supervisor and academic intern advisor.
- Interns must be enrolled in an academic program and able to provide proof of enrollment upon request
- Hourly paid interns may only work 29 hours of less per week (129 hours per month or less)
- Academic credit internships are available
- Internships are voluntary positions which terminate upon completion of internship/academic term
- Each intern retained by City departments will work under the supervision of an administrative staff member
- Each intern will be involved in ongoing projects and programs
- Professional and educational interests will be considered upon intern assignments
Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office
Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office provides internships to students for the purpose of professional development, career advancement, and networking. Internships within our office focus on community outreach, development of legislative policies, communication strategies and messaging, diversity and human rights initiatives, ADA compliance, refugee assistance, and administration support. We collaborate with Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, and other colleges and local organizations. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that we are offering quality learning experiences and growth opportunities that are of personal benefit to the student. We recently implemented a City policy that all interns either must either be paid or receive academic credit. We want to ensure that interns citywide are receiving livable wages and equitable pay, or appropriate credit through their educational institution for the amazing work that they perform throughout the City. Interns have been instrumental in helping the Mayor’s Office successfully complete research and work in support of special projects such as the Mayor’s Youth Coalition on Drug Prevention, Mayor’s Veterans Coalition, tracking legislative policies during the Legislative Session, upgrading department social media accounts, and designing graphic materials for community outreach efforts such as the 2020 Census. We strive to provide quality and transformative opportunities so that our interns know that they are valued and appreciated, and so that they feel empowered to continue to excel to higher heights in their personal, academic and professional lives.
City Attorney’s Office
The City Attorney’s Office takes internship requests only from current law students. For inquiries regarding a legal internship, please email your interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Community and Neighborhoods
The Department of Community and Neighborhoods includes Engineering, Building Services, Housing and Neighborhood Development, Civic Engagement, and Transportation. To learn more about CAN, click here.
Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources includes Benefits, Compensation and Employment, EEO Compliance and Training, Orientation, and the Civilian Review Board.
Salt Lake City Police Department
SLCPD is always looking for energetic and community-minded people to assist with public awareness campaigns, writing case studies for industry publications, community outreach, and other programs. To learn more about SLCPD, click here.
Department of Public Services
The Department of Public Services provides many of the direct services that make Salt Lake City a great place to live and play. The department includes Administrative Services, Compliance, Facilities, Fleet, Golf, Parks, Streets, Trails & Natural Lands, Urban Forestry, and Youth & Family divisions. Public Services welcomes conscientious and enthusiastic interns who are eager to gain experience in local government and learn from seasoned professionals. Interns will assist with information gathering, report writing, social media, meeting facilitation, graphic design, and special projects as needs arise. To inquire about available opportunities, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Department of Public Utilities
The Department of Public Utilities includes Wastewater, Water Quality and Treatment, Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations.
Department of Sustainability
Salt Lake City offers a unique and exciting opportunity for selected students looking to gain experience in sustainability. Interns will assist in researching, facilitating, and promoting City-wide sustainability initiatives, and support sustainability education and outreach for residents, businesses, and City employees.
For more information, contact Damian Choi at (801) 535-7917 or Damian.Choi@slcgov.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the length of the internship program?
The length of an internship varies and is dependent on the hiring department’s needs and budget.
How will you decide which department is the best fit for me?
To determine the placement of each candidate, an interview is scheduled with an internship coordinator. The coordinator will review background information, previous jobs, as well as majors, to see what environment would work best. There may also be a request from a department director to choose a specific student.
What qualifications are required to be an intern in the Mayor's Office?
The Mayor’s Office provides internship opportunities to various students including high school, college level, Master’s candidates, international students and even young professionals.
How many hours are required?
The Internship Program is flexible to students’ needs, promising to work around various schedules. Interns make up their own schedule depending on the hours required for their program. Past interns have usually come in with an hour requirement per term or per week, but because of class schedules, students usually pick out days and times that work best with academic and personal schedules.
Hourly paid interns may only work 29 hours or less per week (129 hours or less per month).
What will I be doing as an intern?
Internship opportunities are available across many city departments. The job responsibilities vary according to the needs of each department director. However, the internship coordinator will review each candidate’s background information, major, and skills to assure each candidate is placed where their needs will be met and their skills will be best utilized.
At this time, all summer intern positions within the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office have been filled. Thank you to those who applied. We received very impressive resumes from approximately 130 applicants. In our continued efforts to help flatten the curve due to COVID-19, we had capacity to hire three telework interns. For those who were not selected, we encourage you to apply again in the future. All intern positions will be posted to the Salt Lake City Human Resources website. Only those who apply directly through the job posting on the Human Resources website will be considered for future internship opportunities. Please do not email your resume or application directly to City employee. Following this process will ensure that your application is reviewed and considered in a timely manner.
Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office Intern Application Period
- Fall internship starts on September 21st and ends on December 11th. The application opens July 20th and closes on August 14th. Virtual interviews will be scheduled via Webex for August 24th through September 4th. Final hiring decision will be made by September 9th.
- Winter runs from December 21-March 19. The application opens October 1st and closes October 30th. Virtual interviews will be scheduled via Webex for November 9th through November 20th. Final hiring decision will be made by November 27th.
- Spring runs from March 29-June 18. The application opens December 7thand closes January 29th. Virtual interviews will be scheduled via Webex for February 8th through February 19th. Final hiring decision will be made by February 26th.
- Summer runs from July 1st-September 3rd. The application opens March 1st and closes April 1st. Virtual interviews will be scheduled via Webex for April 12ththrough April 23rd. Final hiring decision will be made April 30th.
*Please note that this schedule only applies to the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office. Other City Departments may utilize a different schedule for posting new intern job posting and hiring.
Mayor’s Office Internship Coordinator
Office: (801) 535-6006