Internship Opportunities

The City of Newport News is committed to creating opportunities for the professional growth and development of individuals interested in local government operations. These opportunities are intended to introduce these individuals to public service careers. The purpose of the City’s Internship Program is to create a professional environment by which those interested in public service careers will have an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in an education environment as they consider service-oriented career options and prepare to enter the workforce.

Internships may be available through a variety of City departments and career paths. Currently, we have the following internship opportunities available at this time.

Available Internships

Libraries and Information Services

The Department of Libraries and Information Services is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern to fulfill the following possible work assignments:

·       Assist with research using a variety of historical and reference materials focusing on the history of the Southeast Community in Newport News, but may also include broader topics in local history.

·       Digitize historical records and artifacts.

·       Accompany library staff to off-campus sites to assist with conducting research, scanning materials, or assisting library staff with oral history interviews.  Sites may include churches, museums, community centers, other libraries and archives, or private residences.

Requires current enrollment towards a degree in History, Sociology, African American Studies, American Studies, Library and Information Science, or related fields.

Applicants will possess the following traits:  Skilled in historical research; excellent writing skills; basic knowledge of archival procedures; proficiency in MS-Office; basic knowledge of US and Virginia history.  Preferred knowledge: digital camera operation, filming, storyboarding for videos.

Schedule will be based on selected applicant’s class schedule.

This is a paid internship.

Engineering-Street Signs

The Department of Engineering is seeking an undergraduate intern to assist in the production/fabrication of standard City street signs.

Requires current enrollment towards a degree in Engineering, Drafting, Graphic Arts, Mechanical, or related fields.

Applicants will possess the following abilities: Basic computer skills and general mechanical ability. Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods throughout the day. AutoCad or graphic design background or interest is highly preferred.

Schedule will be 7:00am - 3:30pm with a 30 minute lunch.

This is a paid internship.

Engineering-Transportation

 The Department of Engineering is seeking an undergraduate internto fulfill the following possible work assignments:

  • Parkingstudies, traffic safety studies, citywide streetlight program, traffic volumecount program, and Geographic Information Systems updates
  • Trafficsignal analysis and traffic volume counts may include analysis of fieldconditions, traffic crashes, and traffic volume data.  The streetlight program involves field review andupdating the Dominion streetlight database.
  • Trafficsignal observations, nighttime outage surveys, measuring and analyzingstreetlight levels, and reviewing power bills

Requires current enrollment towards a degree in Engineering,Sciences, or related fields.

Applicants will possess the following abilities:  Basicknowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases; familiarity withMS-Office; capable of working independently; ability to stand for long periodsand walk about 2 miles per day.  Requires a valid driver’s license.

20 hours per week between 8:00am - 5:00pm.  Some nighttimework may be required.

This is a paid internship.

Engineering-Civil Design

The Department of Engineering is seeking an undergraduate intern to participate in program and project management for roadway, sidewalk, and surface drainage projects. General tasks will include reviewing plans, estimates and bid packages, preparing correspondence, and maintaining project records.

Requires current enrollment towards a degree in Engineering, Sciences, or related fields.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a basic knowledge of MS-Word and Excel.

30 hours per week between 8:00am - 5:00pm.

This is a paid internship.

City Managers Office

The City Managers Office is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to fulfill various work assignments in the City Managers Office.

Work hours are generally from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

This is a paid internship.


Finance

The Finance Department is seeking an undergraduate intern to fulfill the following possible work assignment to include:

Undergraduate Intern or Graduate Intern,

  • Assisting with creation of Popular Annual Financial Report and related Financial Analysis
  • Prepare Financial Spreadsheets

Related Degree Fields: Business, Finance, Accounting or related field

Starting January, 2020, Schedule, TBD  This is a paid internship.

Juvenile Services

The Department of Juvenile Services is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern to fulfill the following possible work assignment:

  • Offering short-term mental health support aimed to increase positive character development by assisting students in working through social, emotional, or behavioral challenges that impact educational and personal success through art-based experiences.
  • Post-Dispositional Interns will meet regularly with the Post-Dispositional Coordinator to review the purpose of the program, review current therapeutic interventions, and attend treatment team meetings.
  • Assist staff to facilitate psychoeducational groups, learn documentation practices, policies, and common terminology, and complete weekly counseling sessions with residents.

Applicants will possess the following traits: Proficiency in MS Office and MS Excel; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Dependability and Professionalism; Ability to listen, read, and understand directions, information, and ideas presented verbally and in writing.

Applicants must be currently pursuing or have a degree in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or a related field.

Work hours may include evenings, nights, and weekends. Hours to be determined at the beginning of each week.

This is an unpaid internship.

Juvenile Services

The Department of Juvenile Services is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern to fulfill the following possible work assignments:

  • Assist with Intake interviews and ensuring documentation is accurate.
  • Visit ctommunity work sites and ensure clients are completing hours.
  • Track and monitor client’s work hours and documentation as needed.
  • Prepare and provide information and reports to the Courts.

Applicants will possess the following traits: Proficiency in MS Office and MS Excel; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Dependability and Professionalism; Ability to listen, read, and understand directions, information, and ideas presented verbally and in writing.

Applicants must be currently pursuing or have a degree in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or a related field.

Work hours may include evenings, nights, and weekends. Hours to be determined at the beginning of each week.

This is an unpaid internship.

Development

The Development Department is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern to assist with city-wide development and redevelopment initiatives.  The intern will fulfill the following possible work assignments to include: 

• Assisting with research, reporting, presentations, spreadsheets, database entry, and supporting project coordination and marketing efforts 

Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree in Public Administration, Public Relations, Economics, Business, Marketing, or a related field.  Applicants must also have the ability to prepare documents and presentations for both internal and public information. Also, possess various computer skills, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to problem solving. 

Work hours generally from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, but may be arranged around schedule and availability.  Anticipated start date in May 2020. 

This is a paid internship. 


Planning Department

Start Date May 2020 – August 2020

The Planning Department is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern to fulfill the following possible work assignments:

  • Support Planning staff on neighborhood plans, updating the City’s Apartment Survey, mmunication skills; ability to work effectively in a team environment; motivate self-starter capable of working independently; and competency in various software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite Standard CS6 is desirable.

Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

This is a paid internship.

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How to Apply

Individuals interested in available opportunities may complete an online Intern Application.

For additional information on the City's internship program, please contact Human Resources at 757-926-1800 or e-mail nnintern@nnva.gov