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internship program

The City of Tallahassee Internship program offers a semester-long opportunity for exceptional, high-performing collegiate students. Through the program, interns gain experience in city government, foster valuable professional relationships and participate in meaningful work while expanding and refining their skills.

Interns MUST be able to work a minimum of 20 hours a week. There are paid and unpaid positions available covering a variety of disciplines.

Internship Program Interest Form

 

 

Internship Program Schedule

As a first step, prospective interns are asked to fill out an interest form online. This will help staff best match interns to positions where they can contribute and grow. The interest form is available year-round. Should applicants be matched with an available position, they will be required to apply for the position via the City’s careers webpage.

Fall:

  • Applications Available: Early June
  • Applications Due: Early July
  • Interviews: End of July
  • Intern Placements Announced: Early August
  • Internship Orientation: Mid-August

Spring:

  • Applications Available: Early October
  • Applications Due: Early November
  • Interviews: End of November
  • Intern Placements Announced: Mid-December
  • Internship Orientation: Early January

Summer:

  • Applications Available: Early April
  • Applications Due: End of April
  • Interviews: Early May
  • Intern Placements Announced: Mid-May
  • Internship Orientation: End of May

City Departments Participating in the Internship Program

Blueprint

 

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency helps address the community’s most pressing infrastructure needs through holistic infrastructure planning and community redevelopment. The program promotes multi-use corridors, park-like regional stormwater facilities, passive recreation and wildlife-habitat preservation and more. Learn more at BlueprintIA.org.

 

City Commission Office, including Office of the Mayor

 

The City Commission is comprised of the Mayor and four Commissioners, all of who are elected at-large in a non-partisan election. The City of Tallahassee has a Council-Manager form of government. As such, the Commission sets policy direction and guides the City toward its mission and vision. The City Manager, City Treasurer-Clerk, City Attorney and Inspector General report directly the Commission.

 

Community Beautification and Solid Waste

 

Community Beautification and Waste Management (CBWM) provides garbage, trash, and recycling services to over 65,000 residential and commercial customers. In addition, the department is responsible for maintaining 13,500 acres of medians and rights-of-way along major roadways within the City.

 

Diversity & Inclusion

 

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion tracks and measures the City’s progress toward its strategic initiative to have a workforce whose demographic composition is representative of the community we serve. Both the organization and community benefit when people of different backgrounds, views, experiences and ways of thinking work collaboratively to better serve Tallahassee.

 

Downtown Improvement Authority

 

The Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (TDIA) works to promote downtown Tallahassee as a growing destination for development – business, entrepreneurship, ongoing education, resource and entertainment for any individual. It is governed by an 11-member board of directors.

 

Fleet Management

 

Ranked as the seventh best fleet department in the nation, the City’s Fleet Management is responsible for keeping all City vehicles – from street sweepers and police cruisers to bucket trucks and buses – functioning safely. It works on diesel, electric and gas engines.

 

Grants Management

 

From pilot programs, like City Farm TLH, to major infrastructure projects, like the International Passenger Processing Facility at Tallahassee International Airport, grants help the City achieve its strategic initiatives. Grants Management takes the lead in working with departments to secure these funding opportunities.

 

Housing & Community Resilience

 

The City is a leading community partner that actively connects residents to resources that remove economic and social barriers. It offers a variety of trauma-informed safety net, self-sufficiency and wellness programs delivered in partnership with local nonprofit agencies. It also partners with community agencies to build and preserve the inventory of affordable housing and provide pathways out of homelessness for vulnerable neighbors.

 

Human Resources and Workforce Development

 

Recruitment, training, employee benefits, retirement and more fall under the purview of the City’s HRWD department.

 

Office of Economic Vitality

 

The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality is the central economic development hub for Florida's Capital City and is helping create a vibrant and sustainable economic ecosystem.

 

Planning

 

The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department provides accurate information, creative and effective planning recommendations, and expertise in the areas of long-range land use, environmental and transportation planning for the orderly growth of the Tallahassee community.

 

Procurement

 

The Procurement Services Division is dedicated to providing the highest quality support to City departments through the purchase of goods, services, construction and professional services at the lowest cost consistent with the quality needed to provide exemplary services to the public.

 

Real Estate

 

The Real Estate Management Department is responsible for all City real estate acquisitions and sales, easements, cemetery operations, property management, parking garages and real estate inventory.

 

StarMetro

 

StarMetro is the City’s mass transit system. Through fixed-route and paratransit services, it works to provide accessible, efficient and equitable public transportation. Each year, StarMetro provides millions of trips to citizens, helping them get to work, school, appointments and more. Learn more at Talgov.com/StarMetro.

 

Tallahassee International Airport

 

Providing a connection to the world, the Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) is committed to offering a safe, welcoming and convenient travel experience. Working at TLH provides opportunities to learn about engineering, operations, public administration, public safety and more.

 

Technology and Innovation

 

Technology and Innovation (T&I) is responsible for innovating and providing computer, telecommunications, radio services, public safety technology, SCADA maintenance, and GIS support for all city departments. The focus is to lead our city to be a dynamic force of innovation while efficiently managing the City of Tallahassee's technology resources. Revenues are derived through the distribution of costs to user departments.

 

Underground Utilities & Public Infrastructure

 

This is one of the largest City departments. Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure is responsible for many services, such as water, wastewater, stormwater, traffic management, streets & drainage and more. This provides a wide range of career paths, including administrative support, field technicians, chemists, professional engineers and construction project managers.

 

Qualifications

The City is looking for interns who are motivated to advance in their area of study and gain experience in their field. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary education program, must have completed at least 45 credits and must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75. Applicants will need to provide a resume (titled with your first and last name), unofficial transcript and cover letter with their interest form. Preferably, these documents should be provided in Portable Document Format (PDF).

For more information about the program contact Coral Fuentes with the City’s HR department at 850-891-8233 or Coral.Fuentes@Talgov.com.

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