The National League of Cities’ City Solutions and Applied Research Department provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to work on a wide variety of local government policy issues including: housing, environmental sustainability, transportation, telecommunications, community and economic development, public safety, and many others.
NLC interns work on substantive projects that include research and oral and written communication components. Additionally, interns are fully incorporated into the organization to learn the value of teamwork in an office environment and how to work with other professionals on a daily basis to complete tasks as assigned.
This internship will focus heavily in the areas of transportation and technology/telecommunications and the impact these issues have on local economic development. Transportation-related topics will include funding/financing and planning across all modes of transportation. On the technology/telecommunications front, issues will include regulatory policies, technology applications to improve local government service delivery, and broadband planning, financing, deployment, and adoption. Candidates may also be asked to work on the department’s other topical areas listed above.
Duties will include:
• Researching local government policy opportunities, obstacles, and innovative practices;
• Writing articles for NLC’s website and blog;
• Assisting in the development of case studies and other reports;
• Attending meetings or briefings and reporting back to staff; and
• Providing administration support as needed.
Highly qualified candidates should be in or approaching their final year of undergraduate education and be eligible for academic credit connected to the internship. An interest in government, public policy, or other related fields is required, as well as excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.
This is a paid position - $10 per hour.