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Mayor's Office

Mayor's Office Internship Program

Interning in the Mayor’s Office means being at the center of how the Nashville community works and thrives. The Mayor’s Office strives to create real-world opportunities for interns to see how local government shapes the community. Interns are assigned to a staff member to gain expertise in a particular area and work on independent projects. In short, interns help the Mayor’s Office “get stuff done.”

Unpaid positions are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students must be able to work at least 10 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, students must be available to work a minimum of 21 hours. Students are encouraged to receive course credit for the experience.

Internship Opportunities

Areas of focus include:

  • Legislative Research and Writing
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Communications / Press
  • Healthy / Active Living and Community Engagement
  • Environment & Energy Efficiency
  • Neighborhoods
  • Economic Opportunity and Poverty Issues
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Domestic Violence

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  • Professional resume and cover letter outlining your interest in working in local government
  • Two letters of recommendation – one letter should be from a college professor familiar with your academic work, the other should be from a supervisor or other person familiar with your character and/or work ethic (not a relative)
  • Writing sample of no more than 1,500 words (may be an excerpt from a longer piece of work)

Completed applications should be sent as PDF attachments to mayorsofficeinternships@nashville.gov.

Letters should be addressed to Kristine LaLonde, Co-Chief Innovation Officer, Office of the Mayor.

The Mayor's Office will acknowledge receipt of materials within one week of submission. Interns are accepted on a rolling basis. For summer internships, preference is given to applications received by April 15. However, applications submitted after that date will be considered if space is available.