Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters and are designed for college students who are interested in gaining experience with the City. Internships are tailored to help the student achieve their academic and professional goals.
Internships That May Exist
- Fitness Programs
- General Recreation
- Other City Departments
- Parks Division Intern
- Propose your own internship
- Special Events/Business Services
- Suffolk Art Gallery
- Suffolk Office on Youth
Paid Vs. Unpaid
Many internships with non-profit organizations and municipalities are unpaid and considered a volunteer-type placement with the organization. However, these same internship placements may qualify the student for Federal Work Study Grants or stipend programs through their school. It is always recommended that the student check with their academic advisor or school's career management center about compensation for volunteer/internship work at a non-profit organizations or municipalities.
Many schools have internship manuals and related forms that will have to be signed by the host agency. It is recommended that the student bring these documents to the interview. Any agreements (i.e. school and host agency internship agreement) that need to be signed by the City will need to be approved through our legal department. This process may take a couple weeks to complete. Internship supervisors will be able to sign off on weekly reports or mid-term evaluations once the forms have been approved at the beginning of the internship placement.
Receiving Course Credit
Many schools offer internship or practicum course credit for field work experience. This can vary from 1 credit hour to as many as 12 credit hours and can vary from 10 hours of service to well over 600 hours of service by the student. It is recommended that students check with their academic advisor or Career Management Center regarding the possibility of receiving course credit for their volunteer contributions and placement with the City of Suffolk.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Jason Pittman along with a completed volunteer application. You may write "see resume" in the experience section of the volunteer application. Applications are also accepted by mail and fax. The contact information is listed at the bottom of the page. Transcripts are not required at this time but may be submitted in addition to a resume.