Miami-Dade County Internships
County departments wishing to request an intern should complete the Internship Request form and contact their HR recruitment specialist.
Schools interested in developing internship opportunities for their students should email the Miami-Dade County internship coordinator.
Internships generally last one semester coinciding with the school schedule. Some high school internships are created for the school year. Miami-Dade County will accommodate student and school requests for longer or shorter periods.
These opportunities are advertised on the County's eJobs website along with other employment opportunities. To review any current paid internship opportunities, visit the eJobs website at www.miamidade.gov/jobs.
The County's college internship program provides college students with the opportunity to work on special projects and/or assignments with teams of professionals in their chosen field.
Internships generally last one semester coinciding with the college's school year. Work schedules are flexible to accommodate class schedules. The County will accommodate student and school requests for longer or shorter periods.
The majority of college internships are non-paid. However, there are areas of specialized study where a paid internship may be available.
To participate in the College Internship Program, the applicant must:
Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with an internship requirement. Students who are interested in a non-academic credit internship are welcome to apply.
Complete the application
Submit three reference letters from professors/instructors
Provide a copy of college transcripts
Only complete application packages will be accepted. Please email completed packages to Miami-Dade County Internship Coordinator or mail them to:
COLLEGE INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES
111 NW 1ST STE 2110
MIAMI FL 33128
Mayor's Executive Leadership Program
The Miami-Dade County Executive Leadership Program offers juniors, seniors and graduate students in our colleges and universities the opportunity to meet the County's leadership and get a first-hand look at County government. Through structured workshops and professional mentoring from senior management, students will learn county governance and will participate and present a PowerPoint presentation of their experience. The program's ultimate goal is to prepare and develop a strong group of future leaders for our County's municipal governments that will also better position students for future job opportunities. The program is offered in the spring and fall.
The Executive Leadership Program provides a 12-15 week internship opportunity for selected students. Students will need to dedicate 20-25 hours per week to the program and will be positioned under a Department Director or assignee. In addition, every week students will attend special sessions with the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and the county’s executive team who will explain how the various departments are managed at the County.
- Policy Formulation
- Public Safety
- General Government
- Recreation and Culture
- Neighborhood and Infrastructure
- Health and Human Services
- Economic Development
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in the Executive Leadership Program, a student must be currently enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate at an accredited university and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Given the importance of security clearance, selected students will also have to undergo a basic pre-employment security background check and medical screening if required. The cost of this check will be covered by the county. It is important to note that this will be an important "plus" in students looking for future employment since potential employers will then know that the selected students have passed a security clearance program by an important government entity.
The Mayor's Executive Leadership Program began as a collaboration with Florida International University in the summer of 2012. It was designed to prepare and develop South Florida's most successful students to become future leaders of the Miami-Dade County community. Since then, the program has expanded to include other local universities, including Florida Memorial University, University of Miami and St. Thomas University.
Executive Leadership Program Requirements
In order to participate in the Executive Leadership Program, a student must be:
- currently enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate student at an accredited college or university.
- have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Given the importance of security clearance, selected students will also have to undergo a pre-employment security check as well as a medical check, if required, which will be covered by the County.
It is important to note that this will be an important "plus" in students looking for future employment since potential employers will then know that the selected students have passed a security clearance program.
Application and Selection Process
- Complete the Miami-Dade Internship Application (PDF).
- Submit the internship application; resume; college transcripts; and two letters of recommendation from professors, instructors or previous employers by email to email@example.com or Mayra.Beltran@miamidade.gov.
- Screen with Human Resources Specialist Interview with Selection Committee.
- Pass background and medical check, if required.
High School Internships
Miami-Dade County's high school internship program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore career opportunities in a wide variety of County occupations while receiving professional guidance and mentorship.
Students must be either a junior or senior in high school (must be 16 years of age) and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher. The student must obtain permission from their school counselor to participate in the program. Upon approval, the Miami-Dade County Pubic School (M-DCPS) coordinator submits a list of eligible students and resumes to the Human Resources Specialist to match with departments. Placements are based upon interest and available transportation (students are responsible for their own transportation).
The High School Internship Program experience
As an intern with Miami-Dade County, high school students will receive a unique career-related experience. Interns will participate in activities that may include presentations, research projects, program design and everyday shadowing of professionals.
All high school internships are non-paid and for high school credit. High school internships are afternoon programs. Interns work for a maximum of five hours per week for 1 credit, and ten hours per week for 2 credits on a pre-set schedule arranged by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Coordinator and based on the student's class schedule.
Specific project requirements will be provided to the department, if applicable. The Human Resources Department will provide quarterly evaluation (every 9 weeks), at the end of each grading period to the departments in which the students are matched for completion.
For more information about the High School Internship Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Human Resources Specialist, Princetta James @ Princetta.James@miamidade.gov.
Urban Fellows Program
The Urban Fellows Program aims to enrich the learning experiences of graduate students by exposing them to Miami-Dade County’s urban government, with over 25 departments and 28,000 employees. The Urban Fellows will attend the Mayor’s Executive Development Seminars for requisite government exposure. The non-paid, 15-week work experience will give graduate students the unique opportunity to work on special projects that will impact the efficiency of our operations, the economic development of our county, and in the end, the well-being of our residents.
Miami-Dade County is committed to the development of future civic leaders through the Urban Fellows Program. The County anticipates attracting dedicated and innovative students who will make a difference in Miami-Dade County.
The Urbans Fellows Program aims to enrich graduate student’s learning experience by introducing them to Miami-Dade County’s government in action. Students will participate in well-planned and organized projects that match their educational objectives, and in turn provide the county with a quality research and suggestions.
The Urban Fellows Program provides a non-paid, 15-week graduate level internship opportunity for selected candidates. Participants are assigned to a specific project and will have the leadership of a project supervisor, a member of senior management, who will guide them as they complete their assignment and learn more about their respective department. Special projects for this program are in constant development. Flexible hours will be accommodated to suit participant’s class schedules.
While in the Urban Fellows Program, participants will be considered executive interns assigned to special projects for 15 weeks. This is a non-paid, for credit only internship program.
- Currently enrolled in a graduate program
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- 25 hours per week – flexible schedule
- Submit a copy of resume
- Submit two letters of recommendation from professors
- Provide a copy of official or unofficial transcripts graduate transcript of record
- Telephone screen interview with HR Specialist
- Interview with Selection Committee
- Must pass the background check
Submit resume to:
Human Resources Department
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2110
Miami, FL 33128
Kathy L. Horton
Manager, Recruitment and Internal Placement
Human Resources Department
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2110
Miami, FL 33128