Management Intern Program

​ ​​​Make a difference in America’s fifth largest city • Develop management skills in the largest council-manager municipality.

​Be part of a 71-year-old tradition • Gain exposure to city operations.

Be part of a city thriving on innovation, excellent service, community engagement and sustainability.

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The City of Phoenix Management Intern Program is a nationally recognized program that has been training future municipal leaders since 1950. More than 207 former participants have achieved success in all levels of government as well as in the private sector. If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging public service career, this is an excellent opportunity to apply to work in an award-winning, world-renowned municipal corporation in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States.

Our full-time program is similar to a one-year, paid fellowship. The annual recruitment is open to talented individuals holding a master’s degree or those who will satisfactorily complete all coursework for a master’s degree by the end of June each year. City employees are encouraged to apply.


Meet the 2021-22​ Management Interns


The Year-Long Program

A Wide Range of Experiences

If selected, you will learn about every facet of a large, urban, complex city operation from the ground up. During this exciting, and fast-paced year, you will:

  • Work on a variety of assignments and projects that affect our community of 1.6 million residents.
  • Gain exposure to innovative best practices in an our award-winning organization through your rotations in the City Manager’s Office and a department that provides direct service to the community.
  • Participate in the process of setting city policy by staffing City Council meetings.
  • Use research and writing skills by studying an issue, recommending solutions and drafting a management report.
  • Work directly with residents and city staff on service delivery to the public.

Some of the projects completed by past participants include:

  • Research upcoming fare collection and smart card expansion project;
  • Participate in Request for Proposal process for textile recycling, which promotes waste diversion;
  • Provide research, data, and recommendations addressing micro transit, Bus Rapid Transit funding, community outreach, and stakeholder opportunities for partnerships such as Local First Arizona;
  • Assist in project addressing staffing levels in the Water Services department;
  • Monitor new contractor providing services to senior citizens and evaluating their performance in delivering customer service.

Salary and Benefits

The 2021-22 Management Internship compensation includes a salary of $22.09 per hour ($45,947 annually) and benefits.

After the Program: Building a Career

More than 207 former interns have achieved success in all levels of government and the private sector. Many of our top-level executives and managers began their career with the city in this program including City Manager, Public Works Director, Public Transit Director, Neighborhood Services Director, Deputy City Clerk, Deputy Public Works Director, and Parks and Recreation Assistant Director.

Successful interns are highly recruited by city departments to fill available city jobs though a city job after the internship is not guaranteed. The management intern position is the entry level to the following career track:

    • Management Assistant I ($45,947 - $69,722)
    • Management Assistant II ($61,859 - $94,203)

Become a Management Intern


A master's degree or the completion of all coursework towards a master's degree before the start of the year-long program.

How to Apply

​The recruitment for the 2022-23 class is scheduled to open in October-November 2021.

​The Selection Process

  • We typically receive more than 100 applications a year from talented individuals of all backgrounds from throughout the United States and the city organization.​
  • The city selects up to two individuals a year.  When two individuals are selected, they will work together as a class and on individual assignments throughout the program year.
  • Application packets will be evaluated on all completed materials submitted.  This will include successful presentation of requested information and job-related factors such as writing skills and commitment to public service or local government.
  • The results of the initial screening process will be sent to your primary email address.
  • In March, 8-12 semifinalists will be invited to an interview.
  • Selections are anticipated to be made in April.

About Phoenix

Phoenix covers nearly 520 square miles and has a population of more than 1.6 million, ranking it fifth in the United States. While Phoenix is the corporate and industrial center in the Southwest, it has retained its long-time reputation of friendliness and citizen involvement in government.

​Vibrant Downtown Core


The city has many new projects and activities in its increasingly vibrant downtown core. Downtown Phoenix features theatres, major sports arenas, an expanded Phoenix Convention Center, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and the growing Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus and University of Arizona College of Medicine. Connecting the downtown core to the rest of the Phoenix area is the expanding light rail transit system.

A Great Place To Live

Scenic Phoenix 

Our 300 days of sunshine a year provide the perfect landscape for experiencing the rich diversity of things to see and do in Phoenix. We have everything from world-class hotels and resorts to exhilarating adventure, breath-taking golf courses, trendy shopping, modern nightlife and enriching culture. About one in four residents belong to an emerging ethnic group, bringing traditions, beliefs and values that enhance the city’s social fabric. We are home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes and the Phoenix Rising. Arizona The Valley hosted the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls, the 2009 NBA All-Star game, the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, and the 2017 NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Game.


Council-Manager Form of Government

Phoenix operates under a council-manager form of government. The Phoenix City Council is comprised of the mayor and eight council members, who serve as the legislative and policymaking body of the municipal government.

The city manager works closely with the mayor and council members to assist them in formulating policies and programs. Overseeing approximately 14,500 city employees, the manager is responsible for the efficient ongoing operation of all city services as set forth by the City Council. Interns will have the opportunity to work in the City Manager’s Office with the city manager, the assistant city manager and deputy city managers on various projects.

​An Award-Winning City

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The work of the City Council, city staff and many c​ommunity volunteers has earned Phoenix both national and international recognition over the years.  In 2017, Phoenix was named the Top Performing City Overall by Governing and Living Cities through the first-ever national “Equipt to Innovate” survey. 

The city has won many awards and honors, including the prestigious Carl Bertel​smann Award for being the best-run city government in the world and a “best-managed city” designation by Governing Magazine.  The National Civic League has selected Phoenix as an “All-America City” five times. 

For More Information

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For program questions, contact Aaron Mertz in the Budget and Research Department at 602-262-4800 (​Arizona 711 Relay Friendly), or by e-mail at

For personnel or application-related questions, contact the Human Resources Department at 602-495-5700.​