Internships

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The City of Mansfield is always looking for bright, motivated people with a passion for serving their community and desire to get involved with local government. The program is centered around student's educational and career goals. It provides not only the students, but also mentors, the opportunity to grow and develop their skills.

City of Mansfield Internship


Internships are available each semester (spring, summer and fall) and can cover a majority of the departments within the city network. Internships are designed for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in college, or students receiving education for technical certifications and diplomas. Acceptance into the program is based on the availability of funding, as well as the availability of space within the departments that are most appropriate to the applicant's identified interests. The goal is to have the applicant complete the program with hands-on experience that helps them advance in their career path. There is no guarantee that there will be a space or need in every department, every semester.

Program participants can expect to work 20 hours a week for a period of 10-12 weeks, dependent on their schedule flexibility. They will gain an understanding and appreciation of the roles, duties and responsibilities of a municipal professional and the people they they serve.  Interns are representatives of the City of Mansfield, their school and their community. Our departments are committed to providing each intern with the highest on-the-job training as possible. In turn, we expect our interns to make the most of the opportunity!

Fill out an Interest Card or Apply Today to be considered for the next opportunity to join the City of Mansfield and make a difference! Each applicant should include a cover letter and resume demonstrating their applicable skills and career interests.

Internship Focus Areas

The following is a summary of the various focus areas within the operation of the City of Mansfield that an intern could rotate with and gain exposure to.

  • Finance, Budget & Accounting

    Finance in the public sector can be complex and multi-faceted. There are a number of funding sources which ultimately translate into low/no-cost services for city residents. Additionally, the department deals with capital equipment and capital improvement projects, which take a long-range vision and plan into account.
  • Community Engagement (Marketing & Communications, Cultural Arts, Public Records Management)

    Our communications professionals are responsible for promoting programs, services and events. They are also responsible for communicating other updates as well, including important news updates and updates in times of disaster. Also within this program are jobs specific to governmental transparency and records management.
  • Community Services (Historical Services, Parks, Library)

    The city is rich in its heritage and appreciation of the amenities which truly turn a town in a hometown. Recreation is truly the bread and butter of what makes Mansfield the place we call home, and this division deals with the maintenance and expansion of these amenities for residents and visitors.
  • Development & Building/Facility Services

    The departments within this area provide key support to the functions which are essential to the creation, growth and identity of the City of Mansfield. Development Services professionals work heavily within the scope of policy, codes, ordinances, and other developmental frameworks that influence projects every step of the way.
  • Engineering

    Civil engineering is an integral part of municipal services and is responsible for the oversight of all street, drainage, water and sewer improvements within the City of Mansfield. 
  • Environmental Services & Water Utilities

    The City of Mansfield is unique in the fact that we own and operate our own water treatment plant, benefitting our residents and neighboring communities with fresh, clean water. There are many factors that go into the planning and operation of our water infrastructure. Additionally our environmental departments are responsible for the education of residents on the importance of taking care of the world in which we live.
  • Hospitality & Tourism (Special Events, Historic Downtown)

    Hospitality in the city works around the understanding that we need to not only preserve and maintain our amenities, but work to promote them to all corners of our city and beyond. We love to shout from the street corners what makes Mansfield so great, and our hospitality departments help us tell that story.
  • Mansfield Volunteer Program

    The Mansfield Volunteer Program is a component of our Neighborhood Services Outreach Program, with it's operations seated in the Code Compliance Department. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for collaborating with individuals and organizations across the entire city of Mansfield, to organization opportunities for those in need to receive a helping hand. Mansfield has an impressive base of volunteers that has gained nation and state-wide recognition. With over 10k annual volunteers, this program typically produces over 55k of sweat equity annually.