Volunteer Initiatives Program
Welcome to the Mayor's Internship Summer Lecture Program
The Volunteer Initiatives Program is determined to train, guide, and empower the youth of the future through our Mayor's Internship Program. The Volunteer Initiatives Program offers our interns the opportunity to work alongside high-level city managers and department heads in a professional, and educational environment.
Our mission is to develop future leaders who are civically aware of the need for public service in today's youth. As the City of Houston, it is our role to guide and teach these individuals for their future service in the public sphere.
In order to be an intern for the City of Houston, undergraduate interns must be currently enrolled in a college or university. Graduate interns must be currently enrolled, or accepted into a graduate program.
Make sure to look at our list of host departments below to see an overview of what each department does.
By clicking on City of Houston Volunteer Opportunities (opens in new window), drop down the "Departments" tab to look at our list of host departments.
This list changes so please refer back frequently.
Interns are assigned to work in one department for the duration of the internship. Placements of their internship are based on their interests, background, and overall match to the host department.
Interns work on a variety of projects and tasks in their host department and have the opportunity to work closely with managers within the department.
Interns must be able to work 15-40 hours a week without pay during the summer or fall term.
The Mayor’s Internship Summer Lecture Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the diverse functions of the nation’s 4th largest municipality. In addition to experiencing the daily challenges and rewards of public service, the interns also participate in a series of Brown Bag Seminars featuring City officials presenting overviews of what it takes to run local government, discussing the work of specific departments and providing insight into issues that confront the City of Houston today.
What are the minimum requirements?
Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university and graduate applicants must be currently enrolled, or accepted in, a graduate program. Applicants must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours a week during the school year and a minimum of 20 hours a week during the summer.
Do I get paid? Do I get credit?
Interns do not get paid, however they may receive a credit of 3 hours with their university if they do a fall or spring internship.
What type of supervision will I have?
Each department in the City of Houston has an intern coordinator. The intern coordinator runs intern meetings, distributes assignments and provides feedback. Additionally, you may have a direct supervisor other than the intern coordinator.
What type of training will I receive?
All interns attend an office orientation, which explains our role in City government, office structure and procedures. Each department provides interns with training to complete their assignments.
Will I be offered a job at the end of my internship?
Interns are not guaranteed a position in the department after an internship position.
What have past participants in the City of Houston's Internship Program had to say about it?
Not only do our interns gain great experience while interning with the City, they have a great time too.
"I spent a summer interning with the Volunteer Initiatives Program, which provides volunteers and interns like myself the opportunity and satisfaction that comes only from public service. I was able to gain practical hands on experience and training, while at the same time contribute in a meaningful way to the community. I helped plan events such as the Brown Bag Seminars to help make the volunteers and interns' experience with the City of Houston more enjoyable. I would recommend the experience highly to anyone interested in public service." (Patricia, Louisiana State University, Summer 2009)