WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 23, 2018)--
The City of West Palm Beach recently welcomed 30 interns to City Hall through the City’s summer internship program, which provides job opportunities for young people who are eager to learn more about the inner workings of municipal government. The students attend local high schools and have taken internship positions in several City departments including Engineering, Public Works, Law, Sustainability and more!
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, the students become privy to the day-to-day functions of city leaders and employees and, also, local government. Once a week, the interns attend workshops where they are instructed on the fundamentals of financial literacy, taught resume writing skills, and lectured on job readiness to better prepare them for their future. The program, which runs for eight weeks, is facilitated by the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio.
“As a City, we are committed to creating opportunity, investing in our young people, and helping them to grow,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “I’ve always enjoyed being around young people and appreciate the great ideas and energy—all the positive things—that they bring to City Hall.”
The program is managed by Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives, in the Mayor’s Office.
“Many young people might not be aware of the opportunities that exist in local government,” said Jones. “The goal is to expose them to these opportunities.”
The summer internship program is now in its third year and the largest program of its kind facilitated by a municipal government in our area. To be eligible for the program, students must reside in the City of West Palm Beach and also attend one of the community schools.
Antonia Aldermen, a 17-year old student intern with the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, said the summer internship program is a valuable experience.
Alderman said, “I want to learn community service from working in the library… Just getting to know the people in my community who I live with every day and learning more about them and how I can help them.”
For more information about the program, contact Kevin Jones at 561-822-1413, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 City of West Palm Beach Summer Interns at City Hall