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Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) - Summer 2020

City of Philadelphia

Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) - Summer 2020

Philadelphia, PA
  • Responsibilities

    Job Description

    The City of Philadelphia Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) is an opportunity for current college undergraduate and graduate students to learn about and contribute to the City government that manages operations for the nation’s 6th largest municipality. MIP hosts the best and brightest students from around the country to come to Philadelphia every summer and explore all our great city has to offer.

    The Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) is a ten-week PAID internship beginning June 1, 2020, and ending August 7, 2020. Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 25 hours per week and to be available to work duration of the internship period (MIP will, on a case-by-case basis, consider limited exceptions for applicants with exigent circumstances or an academic conflict).

    The MIP consists of three main components:

    • Work component: Placement in a single department completing substantive work assignments
    • "Exploring Government”: Programming every Friday morning; includes speaker events, networking opportunities, visits to municipal operations and programs, and leadership development training
    • My Philly Summer: Interns are invited to participate in the “My Philly Summer” program with Campus Philly. This program engages interns working across various businesses in Philadelphia over the summer for fun, thought-provoking, and free networking events throughout the summer.

    There will also be occasional after-hours social and networking events for Mayor’s Interns to attend, but such events are not mandatory.

    Mayor's Interns work on projects and tasks providing research, administrative, and staff assistance to City managers. Past interns have assisted City staff in various functions such as:

    • Research and analysis
    • Drafting presentations, reports, and press releases
    • Financial Analysis
    • Program Planning & Improvement
    • Organizational and Administrative Support

    Our summer interns come from across the country and represent a wide range of colleges, graduate programs, and majors. Mayor’s Interns have helped complete grant applications, compile and analyze financial data, develop training and policy manuals, improve constituent relations, and assist in planning and implementing key City events across various departments and agencies. Examples of past participating departments include: Office of the City Controller; City Treasurer’s Office; Commerce Department, Office of Behavioral Health/Intellectual DisAbility Services; Office of LGBTQ Affairs; Department of Human Services; Police Department; Managing Director’s Office; Mayor’s Office of Community & Economic Opportunity Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

    We believe the opportunity for interns to experience the City of Philadelphia as a potential employer and place to live is a vital component of this program. Interns will have the chance to interact with other college students in the area, participate in numerous community events, and join activities designed to guide local exploration.

    For additional information regarding this program, check out our webpage here:

  • Qualifications


    Potential applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • 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.

    Additional Information

    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 sent 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 joining one of our Virtual Information Sessions at either of the following times:

    • Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
    • Thursday, January 9th, 2020 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm

    Any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this program 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 Human Relations Website at

  • Industry
    Government Administration