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.

Human Services

  • Assists with coordinating the intake, screening, assessment, and enrollment process of individuals/families serviced by the Housing Broker Team

  • Assists with development and implementation of individualized service plans

  • Assists with crisis situation resolution by providing services to individuals/families

  • Make  program/services referral based on knowledge of local services, resources,

  • Engages with community service providers, agencies,  and serves on assessment teams  

  • Advocate for clients rights and provide case management under general supervision

  • May assist with program and project development implementation (planning, marketing, and facilitation)

  • May perform data collection, project management and grant project development

Open for application to graduate students in Social Work, Human Services.  Basic knowledge of social work principles and practices as well as case management techniques related to evaluation and coordination of public assistance.

This is an unpaid internship.

Human Services

  • Assists with assessment of family/individual needs and developing and implementing individualized service plans

  • Assists with crisis situation resolution by providing services to individuals/families as well as program/services referral

  • Advocate for clients rights and provide case management under general supervision

  • Engages with community service providers, agencies,  and serves on assessment teams

  • May assist with program and project development implementation (planning, marketing, and facilitation)

  • May perform data collection, project management and grant project development

Open for application to graduate and undergraduate students in Social Work, Human Services, Sociology, Psychology, or Counseling.  Basic knowledge of social work principles and practices as well as case management techniques related to evaluation and coordination of public assistance.

This is an unpaid internship.

Human Services

  • Assists with assessment of family/individual needs and developing and implementing individualized service plans

  • Assists with crisis situation resolution by providing services to individuals/families as well as program/services referral

  • Advocate for clients rights and provide case management under general supervision

  • May assist with program and project development implementation (planning, marketing, and facilitation)

  • May perform data collection, project management, and grant project development

Open for application to graduate and undergraduate students in Social Work, Human Services, Gerontology, Counseling or a related field.  Basic knowledge of social work principles and practices as well as case management techniques related to evaluation and coordination of public assistance.

This is an unpaid internship.

Human Services

  • Assists with volunteer program management to include recruitment, training, database management, evaluation and research

  • Assists with creating job descriptions and developing communication materials

  • Assists with records maintenance, service schedule, supporting special events and community outreach activities

  • Creates and updates volunteer materials, word-processing and performs general office administration

Open for application to undergraduate students in Non-profit management, Public Service, Political Science, Community Engagement, Public Affairs, Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, Human Services or a related field.  Basic knowledge of volunteer management principles and practices.

This is an unpaid internship.

Police

The purpose of the Newport News Police Department’s Internship Program is to educate and involve interested college/university students in police operations, to interest them in a possible law enforcement career and to build mutual understanding between the student population and the police department by exposing participants to police practices, policies and procedures and various law enforcement programs.  Through the exposure, the student will gain an understanding of how the police department controls crime through pro-active crime prevention, enforcement of enacted laws and through community-based policing.  The Recruiting Sergeant or her designee shall serve as the Internship program coordinator for the Newport News Police Department.

The intern will be interning in various specialty units throughout the police department.  I also have him/her spending some time with the 911 Communications Dispatch Division.  This program will give him/her a better understanding of the Newport News Police Department and hopefully interest him/her in a career with the Newport News Police Department.

Start Date May 15, 2017 – August 31, 2017

Finance

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

  • Reconciliation of tax revenue accounts, payroll related accounts, fixed assets and other duties as needed
  • Reconciliation of retirement related accounts, documentation of departmental procedures, reviewing retirement  calculations and mailing of retirement applications 
Applicants must be currently enrolled or registered for post secondary classes in Finance, Marketing, Management, Accounting, IT or Computer Science. Excellent ability to listed and understand information and ideas presented verbally and in writing. Ability to perform arithmetic, algebraic and statistical applications to perform basic financial analysis.

Work hours will be on a full-time basis, with flexibility in the schedule.

This is a paid internship.


Planning


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

  • Assisting the Comprehensive Planning staff on various initiatives, projects, and surveys.  The tasks and responsibilities will include largely focusing on research and analysis, field work, writing assignments, and helping prepare for and facilitate Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) activities.  The applicant may also assist staff in preparing materials for and conducting other community meetings, researching properties, and uploading data.

Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree in Planning or a related field with strong research and analytical skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and experience with various software programs.  Experience working in Adobe Design Standard CS6 is desirable.  Applicants must also have the ability to work effectively in a team environment, yet be a motivated self-starter capable of working independently. 

Work hours will be on a part-time basis, with flexibility in the schedule.

This is a paid internship.

Waterworks

The Waterworks Department is seeking undergraduate interns to fulfill the following possible work assignments to include:

  • Assisting with performing technical forestry work to include data collection, timber marking and cruising, gypsy moth monitoring, GPS mapping and updating timber stand information.
  • Assisting with the control of invasive plants.

Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree in a Forestry field and have completed three (3) years of college with courses in Dendrology and Forest Mensuration, as well as three (3) months of related experience.

Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This is a paid internship.

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

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. 

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.

Applications


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

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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 nnintern@nnva.gov.