Mayoral Internship Program - Closed for Fall & Spring 2016

Mayoral Interns at Pride Parade
Image: Mayor's Office staff and interns marching at the 2016 Twin Cities Pride Parade.

The Office of Mayor Chris Coleman offers unpaid, full or part-time internships to undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and non-traditional students. Recent graduates will also be considered. Those selected will have the opportunity to work closely with local Government appointees, gain networking experience and obtain institutional knowledge of government practices.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, persons of color, members of the LGBT community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please check back in April to apply for Summer of 2016.

The Mayor’s Office Internship Program comprises of three major components:

Learning Project: As the focal point of this internship, interns will develop and work on a special project that meets their interest and an identified public service need.  Candidates will have the opportunity to propose ideas, receive ample feedback and execute a meaningful body of work.

Professional Development for Public Service: Interns can expect networking opportunities and unmatched mentorship for a positive launch into the public sector. Interns will participate in keystone efforts, such as the Vitality Perspective Series, the Citywide Racial Equity Initiative, as well as attend City Council hearings and major events. Interns will be exposed to a wide range of cross-sectoral collaborations and policymaking, helping them to stand out as connected, people-centered and effective leaders.

Office Support: Interns will assist various functions of the Mayor’s Office, including but not limited to: administrative support, conducting research, managing incoming constituent inquiries, drafting memos, staffing the Mayor and joining staff at events.

Essential Duties and Qualities:

  • Support front desk coverage; support constituent communications and requests
  • Research and compile media clips
  • Limited content writing/editing for City of Saint Paul webpages
  • Fulfill all three components of Mayoral Internship Program
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software
  • Effective communicator – both written and oral; impeccable grammatical, spelling, and proofreading abilities
  • Demonstrate welcoming, respectful and equitable service to all constituents and parties
  • Detail oriented, self-directed and willing to take initiative
  • Reliable transportation to our office in City Hall and local offsite assignments

Training & Supervision

  • Attend intern office orientation and work planning session
  • Complete technical and skills training as needed

Time Commitment

  • Must be able to work at least 8 hours/week during business hours
  • Must commit to 1 weekly supervisor meeting
  • Optional opportunities to staff the Mayor and/or attend events with staff on some evenings and weekends


  • Build your portfolio of work
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities and job skills development
  • Opportunity to attend local music shows, free of charge
  • A creative, challenging, and supportive work environment