Intern, City of Durham City Manager’s Office (closes 1/22/21)

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Closing: 1/22/21 11:59pm EST
Salary: $16.89 hourly

Job Description:

Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM, *may* be remote, based on Covid-19 precautions in place when the position starts.

The City’s Management Internship Program is designed to immerse graduate students in a variety of potential careers in local government management.

The selected candidate will work out of the City Manager’s Office on a wide variety of special projects both in the City Manager’s Office and in other City departments. These projects will expose the candidate to a wide variety of departments, skills, and experiences available within local government and may involve some level of interaction directly with the Durham community.

As this internship is designed for students interested in careers in local government, opportunities abound for attendance in executive and Council meetings, departmental workgroups, community engagement opportunities, and other experiences in City policy-making. The intern may also have the opportunity to attend site visits and ride-alongs with City officials engaging directly with the community, such as police officers, firefighters, solid waste collectors, etc. This internship has opportunity for personalization, and the intern may have the opportunity to engage with people and projects that are of individual interest.

Duties & Responsibilities:

This is a project-based internship and so duties are variable depending on the projects available and the skills/interests of the selected candidate. Past interns in this position have worked on the following projects:

  • Benchmarking research of Public Affairs departments and presentation to City Manager and other stakeholders
  • Research and recommendations development for the City and County’s joint Covid Recovery Taskforce
  • Selection and implementation of a data mapping software for use in visualizing youth services
  • Data Analysis and Synthesis of the City’s internal Racial Equity Viewpoints survey and a presentation of recommendations to Department leaders


  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, or related graduate degree program.
  • Must have experience and/or formal training in a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods (e.g. basic statistics, surveys, focus groups, interviews, and literature reviews).
  • Must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.