Management Internship Program Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for application?

The successful applicant must have nearly completed (or recently completed) master's level course work. The application must be filled out on

Applicants must have course work completed by start date. Interested candidates should apply online at and send a recent writing sample and current transcripts to:

County Manager's Office
Attn: Sabrina Young
525 N Main, Suite 343
Wichita, KS 67203

Or email to:

For more information please contact:
Tania Cole
Assistant County Manager
525 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67203

What is the salary and benefits?

Annual salary is $35,000. 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 paid holidays. Past internships have included expenses for the annual ICMA conference. Many professional development opportunities are also available.

How long does the internship last?

The internships are one year, beginning the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

When are applications accepted?

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

How many internships positions are available?

Up to two positions are available.

Where do the interns work?

Interns will work out of the County Manager's Office, however they will spend time in many departments and divisions within the County government.

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, relevant project meetings, and local and regional conferences. In addition, interns attend Commission staff 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 strategic plan development, affiliate network workforce-shortage assessment, and Justice Assistance Grant preparation. Other assignments have involved citizen preparedness in dealing with man-made and natural disasters and responding to numerous and various citizen inquiry issues.

Management 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.