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Internship Opportunities

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Message from the Mayor

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Internships are valuable educational experiences that open doors, spark ideas and enrich the knowledge and skills of students who take part. It is an experience that one carries for a lifetime. My internship with New York State Assemblyman David Gantt is part of what inspired me to pursue public service and I hope that City interns will be similarly empowered and inspired, whether their interests lie in government or other areas.

It is also important to recognize that the interns, as City Employees, have as much to offer as they have to gain. Across every department, their ideas, skills, and energy are helping lead Rochester to the brightest future.

I encourage students to explore the opportunties available in our City government and celebrate with us what Rochester is and share in a vision of what it could be.



About the Internship Program

The City offers a variety of internship experiences for students enrolled in accredited academic programs. While most city internships are unpaid, college credit may be offered through arrangements with your school and supervising professor. Explore the internship opportunities available listed at the bottom of this pageand view the biographies of Summer 2014 internshere to learn about the program from the participants themselves. Apply to internship positions using the Internship Application form linked below.

Please note that preference is given to applicants who are city residents and/or graduated from a high school in the city. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, please try to adhere to the following dates to ensure that your application is considered in time for the desired program period.

Fall Applications   June 1 - August 1
Spring Applications    October 1 - November 1
Summer Applications   December 1 - February 1

 

 

 

For questions about the internship process or any of the departments, please contact Allen Williams, Director of Special Projects, at Allen.Williams@cityofrochester.gov
 

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Government, Politics and Public Service 

The Mayor’s Office offers paid and unpaid internships to undergraduate students interested in urban affairs, government and politics. These internships offer unique opportunities for students to gain exposure to a professional work setting and municipal government and could include tasks related to budget management, special project support and law. Positions are limited. While the department normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply.

• Political Science
• Urban Studies
• Public Policy

Communications

The Communications Bureau offers paid and unpaid internship opportunities for undergraduate students in areas including journalism, television and radio production, graphic design, website administration, photography and media relations. The Bureau also administers the City’s Freedom of Information (FOIL) function where interns can gain experience in government, records access and law. While Communications normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply. Please note that a writing sample will be requested, if applicable.  

• Communications
• Advertising
• Journalism
 

Information Technology

The Department of Information Technology offers paid internships to undergraduate students in the areas of information systems, graphic information systems, business process reengineering and server and client support. Responsibilities may include assisting in identifying analysis of IT workflow processes, in identifying automotive opportunities in an IT environment and in gathering, tracking, and reporting information. While IT normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply.

• Information Technology
• Computer Sciences
• Computer Engineering

Environmental Services

The Department of Environmental Services offers paid internships to undergraduate students in the divisions of Fleet Services, Building Services and the Water Bureau. Responsibilities may include helping provide a safe, clean and attractive community through efficient planning and design. While DES normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply.

• Architecture
• Information Technology
• Environmental Sciences/ Management
• Surveying
• Urban Forestry
• Automotive Technician

Neighborhood and Business Development

The Neighborhood and Business Development department offers paid and unpaid internships to undergraduate students in areas such as business and housing development and inspection and compliance services. Responsibilities may include performing research, business analysis, business mailings, and administrative and data entry tasks. Individuals should have a desire to assist in business growth and development. While NBD normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply. Please note that this department accepts summer applicants only.

• Political Science
• Public Policy 
• City and Regional Planning

Rochester Police Department

The Rochester Police Department offers unpaid internship opportunities to college students. Note that highly motivated high school students may also be considered. Interns are assigned to specific units or officers, where they become part of a team, and may be assigned clerical work to assist the officer and/or staff. While RPD normally accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in areas listed below, any student interested in the work performed by this department is encouraged to apply. Please note that all RPD internships are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m workdays. Positions are limited.

• Criminal Justice
• Sociology
• Political Science 
                                

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