Mayoral Internship positions 

 The Executive Office of the Mayor of Jacksonville is seeking dynamic students in the public administration, political science, business administration and economics fields who are looking to expand their knowledge and gain valuable experience.



  • Currently enrolled in college as a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Strong interest in public service and public policy.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills and strong written, oral and communications skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, adheres to strict deadlines, has general computer skills and is professional, flexible, dependable and independent.  
  • Outstanding attention to detail and a strong work ethic.  

Job Description

Support the work of the Executive Office of the Mayor of Jacksonville by conducting research, compiling reports; attend special meetings, doing and supporting the mayor’s staff as assigned. A great opportunity to gain work experience in a fast-paced and exciting public office working to make Jacksonville a better city.

Position Available 

Summer, spring and fall semesters. This is an unpaid position with flexible hours. Click here to apply, or contact Volunteer Services at 630- 1020 ext 5 or email for more information.

Please see the Project Plan for Spring 2014 below.

Executive Office of the Mayor of Jacksonville

Internship Project Plan 2014

The experience begins with a general briefing of the functions of the executive office, followed by participation in functional activities while working on a tailored research project. The goal of the internship experience is to provide an understanding of the operational functions of the Office of the Mayor and municipal government.


Week 1 

- Workshop Brief: Introduction to Government 101

- Meet Mayor's Office staff

- Tour of City Hall

- Customer service training


Week 2 - 3 

- Attend senior staff meeting

- Begin planning research project

- Assignment detail with chief of staff and deputy chief of staff


Week 4 - 5 

- Attend City Council meeting or community event (as available)

- Research project

- Assignment detail with policy directors


Week 6 

- Participate in scheduling and advance for the mayor and executive staff


Week 7 

- Attend community meeting or special event (as available)

- Research project


Week 8 - 9 

- Research project

- Assignment detail with chief administrative officer and deputy chief

- Participate in contracts and grants board meeting


Week 10 

- Assignment detail with boards and commissions


Week 11 

- Research project

- Assignment detail with education commissioner


Week 12 

- Finalize and present research project


Office of the Mayor 

Chief of Staff 


The Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff are jointly responsible for advancing the agenda and policy initiatives of the mayor. Responsibilities include managing the executive staff, oversight of all legislative activities, community outreach, policy development, scheduling and public relation activities. Interns will work alongside staff in matters concerning policy and research.


Chief Administrative Officer 

The Chief Administrative Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer provide oversight of the day-to-day operations of the City of Jacksonville. These top executive positions are responsible for the managing the implementation of all departments, policies and initiatives for the city. Interns will work with staff facilitate operations activities.



The policy director(s) monitor and lobby local, state and federal legislation that impact the City of Jacksonville. Essential functions in this capacity include issue resolution and resolution, and the guidance and direction of legislation and proposals. Interns will be involved in legislative tracking and document preparation.


Education Commissioner 

The office of the education commissioner acts as a local champion and advocate of education. Interns will be involved in research and community events.


Scheduling and Advance 

In scheduling and advance, requests from speaking engagements to meeting requests for the mayor and executive staff are received and processed, along with the coordination of event participation. Interns will be involved in frequent interaction with event organizers to ensure details are included in scheduling calendars.