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

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

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.


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

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.


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