Mayor's Internship Program Summer 2022

  • Intern

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.

Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?

Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

Benefits - We care about your well being.

Agency Information 

The City of Philadelphia Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) is an opportunity for current college undergraduate and graduate students to learn about and contribute to the City government that manages operations for the nation’s 6th largest municipality. MIP hosts the best and brightest students from around the country to come to Philadelphia every summer and explore all our great city has to offer.

We believe the opportunity for interns to experience the City of Philadelphia as a potential employer and place to live is a vital component of this program. Interns will have the chance to interact with other college students in the area, participate in numerous community events, and join activities designed to guide local exploration.

Job Description

The Mayor's Internship Program (MIP) is a ten-week paid internship beginning June 6, 2022 and ending August 19, 2022. Successful candidates are required to commit to a minimum of 25 hours per week and can work up to 37.5 hours per week based on the needs of the host department. The candidate must also be available to work for the duration of the internship program (MIP will, on a case-by-case basis, consider limited exceptions for applicants with exigent circumstances or an academic conflict).

The MIP consists of three main components:

  • Work assignment: placement in a single department completing substantive work assignments under the guidance of a City of Philadelphia leader or area expert.
  • Leadership Development: programming every Friday designed to develop leadership skills and the acumen to successfully navigate the 21st Century workplace - including speaker events, networking opportunities, and visits to municipal operations and programs.
  • My Philly Summer: Interns are invited to participate in the “My Philly Summer” program with Campus Philly. This program engages interns working across various businesses in Philadelphia over the summer for fun, thought-provoking, and free networking events throughout the summer.

There will also be occasional after-hours social and networking events for Mayor’s Interns to attend, but such events are not mandatory.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the incoming cohort is full. Students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply and complete their application early in the application cycle. Interview invitations will also be extended to candidates on a rolling basis.

Essential Functions

Mayor's Interns work on projects and tasks providing research, administrative, and staff assistance to City managers. Past interns have assisted City staff in various functions such as:

  • Research and analysis
  • Drafting presentations, reports, and press releases
  • Financial Analysis
  • Program Planning & Improvement
  • Organizational and Administrative Support

Our summer interns come from across the country and represent a wide range of colleges, graduate programs, and majors. Mayor’s Interns have helped complete grant applications, compile and analyze financial data, develop training and policy manuals, improve constituent relations, and plan and implement key City events across various departments and agencies. Examples of past participating departments include:

  • Office of the City Controller
  • City Treasurer’s Office
  • Commerce Department
  • Office of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disability Services
  • Office of LGBTQ Affairs
  • Department of Human Services
  • Police Department
  • Managing Director’s Office
  • Mayor’s Office of Community & Economic Opportunity Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

For additional information regarding this program, check out our webpage here:



Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be current undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year before June 2022 or graduate-level students (recently graduated seniors may be considered)
  • Community college students who will have completed their second year before June 2022 are encouraged to apply.
  • MIP will consider graduates of the Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The Mayor’s Internship Program may cooperate with programs under which students earn academic credit or qualify for work-study.

Additional Information

Salary: $15 per hour

Additional information

  • Program Dates: June 6th- August 19th, 2022
  • Application opens: April 6th, 2022
  • Application Closes: May 2nd (11:59 pm)
  • App. Review & Screening: April 25th- May 6th
  • Dept. Interview Period: May 2 – May 14
  • Offers & Notifications: May 18 - May 20
  • Final Class determined: May 25-27

Applicants must submit all parts of the application (as detailed below) by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, May 2, 2022. 

The application consists of the following items: 

  • Resume
  • A recommendation form completed by an academic or professional contact that can accurately speak to your skills, abilities, and interests.
  • A brief Cover Letter that responds to the following:
    • Why do you want to participate in the Mayor’s Internship Program?
    • What areas of the City government are you most interested in working in? If you know specific departments, please provide those in your response.
    • What skills or qualities will you bring as a Mayor’s Intern?

Upon receipt of your application materials, we will contact you to describe the remaining selection process. Selected applicants should be available to participate in an interview with City departments between May 2nd and May 14th, 2022. Virtual interviews may be requested by the host department or by applicants outside of Philadelphia.

Candidates selected to participate in MIP 2022 will receive an internship offer on or around May 18th, 2022. They will then have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and until the incoming cohort is full. Students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply and complete their application early in the application cycle. Interview invitations will also be extended to candidates on a rolling basis.

For questions about the program, consider joining one of our Virtual Information Sessions at either of the following times:

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this program can be sent to [email protected].

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to pchr@ For more information, go to Human Relations Website at