Make a difference in America’s fifth largest city • Develop management skills in the best run city in the U.S.
Be part of a 70-year-old tradition • Gain exposure to city operations.
Be part of a city thriving on innovation, excellent service, community engagement and sustainability.
The City of Phoenix Management Intern Program is a nationally recognized program that has been training future municipal leaders since 1950. This will be the 70th class of the program. More than 183 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.
The program is designed to attract, develop and retain talented individuals with an interest in a local government management career. This program gives selected participants the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of a large city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues. Our program is unparalleled in terms of the opportunities participants will have to meet and network with executives and managers. Successful participants are highly recruited by departments to fill available city jobs, and many of our top-level executives began their career with the city in this program.
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:
- Conducting benchmark studies on weighted voting in regional governments;
- Assisting in developing the city’s Sustainability Action Plan;
- Analyzing best practices for apprehending real time graffiti vandals;
- Developing a project-tracking database for the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee activities.
Salary and Benefits
The 2018-19 Management Internship compensation includes a salary of $21.48 per hour ($44,678 annually) and benefits.
After the Program: Building a Career
More than 183 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, deputy city manager, public transit director, public works director, deputy city clerk, deputy public transit director, and deputy public works 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 ($44,678 - $66,518)
- Management Assistant II ($60,174 - $89,856)
Become a Management Intern
A master's degree or the completion of all coursework towards a master's degree by the end of June 2019.
How to Apply
The recruitment for the 2018-19 intern program is open from October 2018 through January 2019. A detailed listing of application requirements and how to apply are posted to the city's current job opportunities portal. Only online applications will be accepted.
The Selection Process
- We typically receive more than 125 applications a year from talented individuals of all backgrounds from throughout the United States and the city organization.
- The city selects two individuals a year. 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.
Phoenix covers nearly 520 square miles and has a population of more than 1.5 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.