Internship Program


The Internship Program has been developed to enhance the educational experience for college students by integrating the techniques and theories learned in the classroom with practical work experience offered through the Village.  Participants will benefit from the exposure to local government operations, and will be able to build skills and gain experience in a variety of disciplines within the Public Administration field.  The Internship Program shall consist of two types of internships:

  1. Academic Credit Internship
  2. Paid Internship

General Requirements

  1. All candidates participating in the Internship Program shall be at least 18 years of age and shall be enrolled in a college or university that has received accreditation from an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  2. Students interning with the Parks & Recreation Department who are on assignments that require their physical presence in any park facility, shall agree to a nationwide criminal background check in accordance with Village Ordinance 08-10, also known as the Shannon Melendi Act, the cost of which shall be borne by the Village.  A copy of such ordinance shall be provided to the candidate at the time that the internship application is submitted.  Any candidate who fails to meet the requirements of the Shannon Melendi Act shall be precluded from participating in the internship program.
  3. Interested candidates shall be required to submit the applicable program application form, and all other required attachments as listed on the application.

Internship Assignments

  1. Every assignment shall be specifically identified and documented.  Such documentation may be accomplished either by developing a specific position description, which identifies the primary duties of the assignment, or by providing a general description of the main typical tasks or activities to be performed.  The department director of the supervising department shall bear the responsibility to create and submit the position description to the Human Resources Department before the start of the recruitment process.
  2. Assignments involving the rotation of the intern amongst various departments shall be supervised by the Human Resources Director who shall also develop the description for such assignment.  Only Academic Credit Internships shall be eligible for rotating assignments. 
  3. An assignment description for Paid Internships shall include a specific scope of work providing a clear description of the main tasks to be performed, the anticipated deliverables and/or outcome, a list of required skills and qualifications needed for the position, rate of pay, and the anticipated duration of the assignment.  Such information shall also be included on the posting for the Paid Internship.
  4. All interns shall wear Village-issued identification badges while on assignment at the Village of Palmetto Bay and at no other times.  Identification badges must be turned into the Human Resources Department upon the completion of the assignment.
  5. Assignments shall not extend beyond the applicable period.