Richmond VA > Human Resources > Internships

Last Updated: 2014-12-04

The Opportunity

Purpose

The city demonstrates its dedication to the growth and development of our future workforce by offering internship opportunities to undergraduate students, graduate students and select undergraduate program graduates (see eligibility requirements below). The internship program provides a professional environment by which these students and graduates can gain meaningful work experience as they prepare for their intended careers.

What You Will Give

The city has embraced a set of values that are expected to guide an intern's experiences during their time spent with the city. Those values are:

  • Customer Service: The adoption of the city's promise to "treat everyone as we would wish to be treated"

  • Employee Ownership: A commitment to, and an understanding of the link between one's work and the department's and the city's strategic goals

  • Positive Outlook: A way of working to meet or exceed performance expectations despite obstacles

  • Technical Skills: The application of knowledge, judgment and skills to accomplish one's job effectively and efficiently

  • Leadership: Creating a positive environment through influencing others to reach the department's and the city's strategic goals

In addition, the internship program requires interns to immerse themselves in the process of public service and to make significant contributions toward the completion of an important task or project, one that is meaningful to them and to the division in which they are working.

What You Will Get

Interns work under the direction of a designated city leader performing specific and general job duties that prepares them successfully to enter the workforce upon graduation.

Interns earn $9.90 per hour and as hourly, paid employees in temporary positions are eligible for benefits of temporary employees (holidays, pro-rated sick leave, civil leave, funeral leave and military leave).

Where You Can Go From Here

As a graduate of the internship program, you may use your experience in any career field you choose. Some alumni have chosen to continue in public service and apply for open positions with the city while others will go on to private, nonprofit and academic careers.

How To Get Started

To be considered for internship opportunities, applicants are required to submit an online application through the city's online database (ROSS). To begin the journey that will change your life, start by completing an online application.

The Selection Process

Selection to the internship program is a competitive application process.

Eligibility

An individual must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate student, be enrolled as a graduate student, or be a recent college graduate of an undergraduate program.

  • Undergraduate Students: If enrolled as an undergraduate student, the individual must be enrolled at an accredited institution and be in good academic standing according to that institution’s standards. The student must be registered for courses during the internship period. Summer interns do not have to be enrolled in summer school, but must be enrolled for the upcoming fall semester. The individual must have completed 60 credit hours and have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average.

  • Graduate Students: If enrolled as a graduate student, the individual must be enrolled at an accredited institution and be in good academic standing according to that institution's standards. The student must be registered for courses during the internship period. Summer interns do not have to be enrolled in summer school, but must be enrolled for the upcoming fall semester. The individual must have obtained a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

  • Recent College Graduates: If a recent college graduate of an undergraduate program, the individual must have obtained their degree within the past two years from an accredited institution and the individual must have obtained a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average. The individual must also have been accepted into a graduate program which is scheduled to begin within 12 months of the hire date.

  • An individual must be a U.S. citizen or have legal non-citizen residence status, and a student is required to present proof of such eligibility prior to beginning work.

The Commitment

Fall and Spring interns may work up to 20 hours per week. The formal internship program in the Fall and Spring terms is 12 weeks long. Summer interns may work up to 40 hours per week period. The formal internship program in the Summer is eight weeks long.

The Application Process

Please follow all instructions on the application in detail. A complete and accurate application is necessary and interviews will not be granted unless a completed application and an official college transcript are on file with the Internship Program Coordinator.

  • Applicants will be required to submit an online application through the city's online application database (ROSS). Applications will only be accepted during designated hiring windows.

  • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completed applications, but must be included as an attachment for supplemental information.

  • A current, unofficial college transcript must be included with the online application. Upon offer of employment, applicants are required to submit a letter of approval from their academic advisor/counselor confirming their academic and enrollment standing.

  • A cover letter is required and must include the following information: academic major, area of professional interest, and city department(s) in which the applicant would most like to complete an internship.

  • Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be processed.

  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the position will not be considered for employment.

  • Applications, resumes, transcripts, letters of reference, recommendations and other information submitted will become the property of the city and cannot be returned.


Internship
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Application
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Interviews
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SpringNov 24, 2014Dec 21, 2014Jan 2015Jan 26, 2015Apr 17, 2015
SummerApr 1, 2015Apr 30, 2015May 2015June 1, 2015July 24, 2015
FallJune 1, 2015June 30, 2015July 2015Aug 24, 2015Nov 20, 2015

Contact Information:

Human Resources
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 902
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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