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

City Managers Office

Open for application to undergraduate students in Public Administration, Political Science, English or a related field.  Internships consists of observing and participating in intergovernmental affairs activities.  To include researching issues, writing white papers/talking points, attending legislative meetings and communicating with elected officials. 

General knowledge of Virginia government and the ability to analyze and research issues, along with strong communication skills are required.

This is an unpaid internship.  Scheduled to be determined
Duration: 16 weeks, beginning in January 2019.

Juvenile Services

Open for application to undergraduate or graduate students in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work or a related field.  Intern will work with the Post-Dispositional Coordinator and assist Detention Staff in facilitating groups, documentation and counseling.
This is an unpaid internship.

Public Works

The Public Works department is seeking a graduate or undergraduate intern to assist with Sustainability division initiatives. This is an unpaid internship and responsibilities 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 proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Applicants must be a motivated self-starter capable of working independently and have the ability to work effectively in a team environment.  Internship is open for application to graduate or undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Environmental Science, Public Administration, Business, Planning or a related field.

Anticipated start date January 3, 2018.  20 hours a week; flexible schedule

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