Internship Opportunities

internships-wordle-v3The 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.

Juvenile Services

The Department of Juvenile Service is seeking undergraduate or graduate interns to fulfill the following possible work assignments to include:

  • Post-Dispositional Interns will meet regularly with the Post-Dispositional Coordinator to include reviewing the purpose of the program, reviewing current therapeutic interventions being used to assist residents to meet their goals, attend treatment team meetings and assist the Coordinator with note taking and give any insight they may have
  • Assist staff on the pod to include facilitating psychoeducational groups, learning documentation practices, policies and common terminology, completing weekly counseling sessions with residents and reviewing common program paperwork.

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

Work days – Monday through Saturday
Work hours – To be determined at the beginning of each week

 This is an unpaid internship

Office of Risk Management

The Department of Risk Management is seeking an undergraduate intern to fulfill the following possible work assignments to include:

  • Working with new Claims Management Systems, Risk Master
  • Reviewing older claims ad correcting the line of business, claims type, claim status and ensuring all other pertinent data is accurate and is entered into the system.
  • Scanning hard copies from older claims and attach them into the existing claims through the claims systems.
  • Reviewing school claims ready to be taken to the warehouse and ensuring that the claim has been properly setup for students on the bus.

Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree in IT, Risk Management, Claims Adjusting or Insurance related field.

Work hours (15-20 hrs./wk.) would vary with consideration of class schedules. 

This is a paid internship

Development Department

The Development Department is seeking undergraduate or graduate interns to fulfill the following possible work assignments to include:
  • Assisting with the city-wide development and redevelopment initiatives.
  • 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. 

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

This is a paid internship.

Libraries & Information Services

The Department of Libraries & Information Services is seeking a graduate or undergraduate intern for a paid internship. Duties will include:

  • Assisting with overall marketing of Library programs and services
  • Drafting press and media releases
  • Designing and preparing multimedia graphics, brochures, and other visual aids
  • Assisting with planning and implementation of events and program
  • Photographing, uploading, and editing pictures from events and programs
Open for application to undergraduate and graduate students in Communications, Marketing, Advertising, Public relations or a related field. Basic knowledge and experience in marketing is preferred. 

Engineering - Transportation

The Department of Engineering is seeking an undergraduate intern to support transportation engineering activities. This is a paid internship, and responsibilities may include:

  • Parking studies, traffic safety studies, traffic volume count, GIS updates, and citywide streetlight program.

  • Traffic signal and traffic volume counts may include analysis of field conditions, traffic crashes and traffic volume data.

  • Update Dominion streetlight database with data related to streetlight levels, power usage, etc.

This internship requires basic knowledge of GIS databases, familiarity with Microsoft Office, capable of working independently, sit or stand for long periods and walk up to 2 miles per day. Seeking undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Science.

Engineering - Electrical/Transportation

The Department of Engineering is seeking an undergraduate student to support electrical and transportation engineering activities.  This is a paid internship, and responsibilities may include:

  • Test City’s fiber optic network and inspect/repair fiber splices.

  • Update GIS data for traffic signal equipment inventory.

  • Update AutoCAD drawings for communications networks and traffic signal modifications.

This internship requires basic knowledge of electronic testing equipment and CAD. Must possess a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record. Seeking undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Computer Science, Engineering or a related field.

Public Works - Sustainability

The Public Works department is seeking a graduate or undergraduate intern to assist with Sustainability division initiatives. This is a paid internship and responsibilities may include:

  • Assists with the overall implementation of the City’s “Roadmap to Sustainability”, a comprehensive sustainability program that balances environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity
  • Assists with the Sustainability program, NNGreen, social media content for education and community outreach
  • Provides support in the city-wide comprehensive energy management program that maximizes cost and efficiencies and optimizes working environment conditions
  • Researches sustainability or related resiliency grant funding possibilities and may assist with grant application process.
  • The position requires strong written and oral communication skills and competency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Open for application to graduate or undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Environmental Science, Public Administration, Business, Planning or a related field.

Training and Evaluation

Orientation will be conducted at the beginning of the internship and the intern will be assigned a mentor. The intern and mentor will develop an action plan that meets the individual and department's needs. A performance evaluation will be provided for the intern at the completion of the program.


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


Some internships may require additional information to be submitted at the time of an interview, such as an official college transcript, a current copy of the candidate's driving record, approval from a student's academic adviser, or other relevant supporting document. In addition, some intern positions will require an acceptable background check.

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