Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 Here are some of the questions we receive most often about our internship program. Please send additional questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (602) 534-3751. (View as a PDF)

Is the internship paid?

Some positions receive a stipend. All interns, paid or unpaid, receive a parking pass for the 305 parking garage, located half a block west of Phoenix City Hall.


How many hours do I have to work?
Hours vary depending on your schedule, credit requirements, and if you are paid or unpaid. Phoenix Sister Cities requires paid interns to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, while unpaid interns must work a minimum of 15 hours a week.


Do I have to work weekends or evenings?
Not regularly, but you are encouraged to attend various events, programs, and meetings that take place on the weekends and evenings. Interns are required to attend Board of Directors meetings as well as City Committee meetings.


What are the benefits of this internship?
The benefits of this internship include the opportunity to work in a public-private office environment at the City of Phoenix, providing you with the skills and opportunities necessary for a future professional career in a variety of industries.


What are the hours of the office?
Regular office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.


Who will I report to as an intern?
You will primarily report to one staff member, but you will work with other staff members on a variety of projects.


What is the dress code?
The dress code is business attire.


What are some of the projects you work on?
Projects include newsletters, website, research, manuals, marketing for programs and events, Teach Abroad Program, Youth Ambassador Exchange Program, City Committees, Board of Directors meetings, international delegation visits, protocol services, and other various assignments.


How long is the internship?
The internship is a semester long.


Can this internship count towards college credit?
Yes, with an agreement between the college, the intern, and office supervisor. Approval must be cleared with the International Relations director.


Do interns get to participate in events?
Yes, if you are assigned to an event, the admission is hosted by the office.


Where is the office located?
Phoenix City Hall – 20th Floor
200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003


Does this internship require travel?
Occasionally special events and meetings will be held off-site at local venues (Phoenix Metro Area); transportation can be arranged.


Does this internship require a background check?
Yes, the City of Phoenix requires a background check and your offer of the internship is contingent upon a positive background check.


Are there age, grade, or academic requirements?
Typically, the internships are filled by undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students must have completed their sophomore year.