Undergraduate Summer Internship Program


Due to the COVID-19 budget adjustments, the City of Detroit is no longer able to offer internships for undergraduate or graduate students for the summer 2020 term. The City is taking every action to reduce the impact of the economic challenges posed by the coronavirus this year so that we can welcome our interns and temporary staff back in the future. We apologize to all interns and prospective candidates.

If you are part of a fellowship program (not paid for by the City's budget) please contact your organizational representative for information regarding your employment status.

More information available from the Human Resources Department.


Summer 2020

Job Description

The City of Detroit is seeking energetic undergraduate students for its Summer Internship program. Summer Interns will report directly to the Mayor’s Senior Staff and work on projects in the following areas: (1) Planning & Economic Development; (2) Public Health & Safety; (3) Administration & Central Services; (4) Transportation & Infrastructure; and (5) Technology & Finance.

Summer Interns will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to learn about public service, policy-making, and the operations of local government. The City of Detroit is experiencing rapid growth and development. Summer Interns will be submerged into a range of issues which impact the quality of life for all Detroit residents.


Key responsibilities of Undergraduate Summer Interns will include:

  • Performing diverse project duties and/or administrative tasks depending on the specific department and job assignment.
  • Presenting research and updates on key policy issues to senior-level staff members.
  • Attending community meetings, public hearings, and press conferences and preparing briefing materials for staff meetings and strategy-planning sessions.


The Program will begin on June 3rd, 2019 and run through August 9th, 2019. Participants are expected to work for the entire duration of the summer program. Depending on the department you are assigned, The Undergraduate Program has the potential to be a paid or unpaid internship. Also, the City of Detroit can support students who wish to apply for funding at their home schools.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence as evidenced by professional success, academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and involvement in community or public service.
  • Be enthusiastic about public service and city government.
  • Embody strong personal character and conviction.
  • We seek a broad range of academic majors; in fact, regardless of your major there’s an opportunity for you.

Application Process

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript through our online application system. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until filled, the first application review period will begin on February 28th.” If your first semester grades are not available, please indicate this in the body of the email and send a transcript as soon as one is available.

In your cover letter, please mention:

  • Why you are interested in working for the City of Detroit
  • Your prior exposure to or interest in local government policy-making
  • The skills you are seeking to develop in the program
  • Project area of interest

Apply here

Please be advised that failure to submit a resume, cover letter or unofficial transcript may prevent you from further consideration.

City Council President
City Council Pro Tem