Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the requirements for this internship?
Role specific requirements are listed in the description for each opportunity. Here’s a guide that applies to many of them:
Post-secondary school as a full-time student at a four-year university, technical college, or in pursuit of a Masters Degree
Good academic standing
Willing to commit to the entire summer at 40 hours/week
Ability to travel to and from your work site
Is this internship paid?
Yes, absolutely! Find the wage for each internship on the opportunities page.
What are the dates?
The program will run from approximately June-August, with actual dates established during the hiring process.
What type of work is available?
There’s a role for many interests from public safety and health to culture and recreation to technology and internal operations. Interns will work alongside city employees to partner with the community to plan for neighborhood development, create infrastructure, and provide recreation amenities that keep Sioux Falls consistently ranked among the top places to live and work. Checkout the opportunities page for a list of current openings.
What does it mean to be part of a cohort and why is there an emphasis on getting to know the other interns?
Ascend is a multifaceted program where attendees get to know the workings of City Government in addition to role specific work. Cohort gatherings provide time to network with other interns, meet senior officials and get a broader understanding of the positive impact of working in City Government.
Why should I choose this internship over others?
Our core values of safety, teamwork, innovation, character and respect build community from the inside out. Employees’ top culture drivers include a strong sense of accomplishment, growth through learning and training, and supportive colleagues. Team members achieve job satisfaction every day with the knowledge that their service positively impacts the high quality of life this community enjoys. A role in City Government is truly a unique experience that will support you in your future career, whether that’s in the public or private sector or for a non-profit. Spending your summer as a public servant will add a unique facet to your resume opportunity that other internship programs or summer jobs can’t match. Program mentors are highly trained and at the top of their field, and are ready to give you the tools you need to succeed in your career