Salt Lake County Special Projects Paid Internship in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


The purpose of this internship is to provide a learning experience related to high profile policy development and implementation and to stakeholder and constituent relations. This opportunity provides interns firsthand experience with a wide variety of projects and programs working alongside senior staff in the Mayor's Office.

The Office of Mayor's Initiatives and Special Projects oversees a range of policy initiatives, special projects, program partnerships, and funding collaborations that help achieve Mayor Ben McAdams' vision for the greater Salt Lake metropolitan area. We work with local governments and with national, state, and private sector partners to develop collective action around regional challenges, entrenched social problems, and unique opportunities to maximize the public good. This currently includes policy initiatives on regional development, public asset management, homelessness and housing, criminal justice reform, and child and family stability.

This is a paid internship; the intern will receive $7.25/hour and can work up to 220 hours during the term. A Monday through Friday schedule is preferred, and hours are flexible to accommodate a school schedule. This is a short term, one semester internship working with government agencies and elected officials.


Interns must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in political science, economics, statistical analysis, or a related field.


  • Among others, learning objectives of this opportunity include:
  • Assists in research and data collection that informs policy.
  • Assists in preparing and delivering executive briefings on policy and programs for elected officials and other leaders.
  • Plans and executes outreach efforts.
  • Leads cross-sector engagement with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assists Salt Lake County in working to improve outcomes for residents in regard specifically to a) public asset management (real estate and other tangible holdings) and/or b) the development of a homeless and housing services system performance dashboard and index for use by executive leaders and elected officials in local and state government and the private sector.
  • Participates in the Internship Leadership events, which are most often luncheons with leaders from within the County. The purposes are to help interns build leadership skills and to provide networking opportunities.


An "At Will", FLSA non-exempt employee who is not eligible for County benefits and who must work an average of 29 hours or less per week or an average of 129 hours or less per month.

  • Must work an average of 29 hours or less per week or an average of 129 hours or less per month.
  • Are not eligible for County benefits except as otherwise provided for by policy.
  • Are not considered merit employees.
  • Are "at will" employees who may be terminated for any reason, without notice, and without a pre-termination hearing.

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