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Internship Opportunities

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Message from the Mayor

Mayor-Lovely-Warren-webInternships 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 page and view the biographies of Summer 2014 interns here 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 through August 1
  • Spring Applications: October 1 through November 1
  • Summer Applications: December 1 through February 1 

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

Click here to apply  

(Application requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download here) 


 

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 

Department of Human Resource Management

The Department of Human Resource Management offers unpaid internship opportunities to undergraduate students interested in areas of Civil Service Administration, Staffing and Recruitment, Benefits Management, Labor Relations and Training & Safety.  The internship is designed to provide hands-on experience in public sector human resource management.  The Intern will work with the City of Rochester's Human Resources Team to develop key initiatives and be part of meaningful projects that contribute to the success of the City of Rochester.  Responsibilities may include general administrative and/or research functions for the purpose of developing a working knowledge of a targeted area in municipal government.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Administration
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Administration

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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

Office of Public Integrity

The Office of Public Integrity offers paid internships to undergraduate students in areas such as internal audit, vendor integrity, contract compliance and the investigation of fraud, waste, and abuse. Responsibilities may include field audit work, evaluation of internal controls, post-audit analysis and report writing, vendor background screenings, and providing analytical support to investigations. Individuals should have an interest in forensic accounting, enterprise risk management and database research. While OPI 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 this department accepts fall, winter and summer applicants.

  • Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Intelligence Studies   

Department of Recreation and Youth Services

The Department of Recreation and Youth Services offers a variety of unpaid internship possibilities and college credit opportunities for college students interested in gaining experience in the areas of recreation, recreation management, positive youth development and youth work, community planning and special events, and communications. Depending on your time and how many hours you will need to complete your internship, you will be able to be a part of an activity or a program that the Department offers with the opportunity for evening and weekend hours.  The Department of Recreation and Youth Services accepts applicants who are pursuing degrees in the areas listed below: 

  •  Recreation and Leisure Studies 
  •  Human Services 
  •  Criminal Justice 
  •  Urban Studies 
  •  Community Youth Development and/or Social Work 

 


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