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Internship Program Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for application?

The successful applicant must have nearly completed course work for the master's in public administration degree.

Can I apply if I have a bachelor’s degree and work experience?

No; completed course work toward a master’s degree is required.

What is the salary and benefits?

Annual salary is $34,000.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance (single, two person, or family coverage), dental coverage, prescription drug card, vision care option, life insurance, sick leave, and eleven paid holidays.  Expenses will be paid for the annual ICMA conference.  Many professional development opportunities are also available.

How long does the internship last?

The internship is for one year.

When are applications accepted?

Applications are typically accepted each year in February.  Selections are made in March.

How many internships positions are available?

Up to three positions are available.

Where do the interns work?

Interns will work out of the county manager’s office.

What projects do the interns do?

Projects include research and analytical work on an entry-level professional basis using various research techniques and methods.  Interns study administrative systems, policies and practices, and attend county commission meetings, county manager’s senior staff meetings, and local and regional conferences.  In addition, interns attend commission staff meetings and subcommittee meetings and respond to citizens’ requests for information.  This experience has proven to be an excellent training ground for higher level administrative and managerial positions at all levels of government.

What are some examples of the projects?

Current interns have worked on projects involving municipal solid waste management, illegal dumping and economic forecasting.  Other assignments have involved citizen preparedness in dealing with man-made and natural disasters and responding to numerous and various citizen inquiry issues.  Interns are encouraged to inquire into important issues and suggest new approaches and directions.  They staff administrative and citizen committees and attend county commission meetings as well as management policy meetings.  They also attend local, regional and international professional conferences during the year, where they meet and network with government professionals from across the nation.