Synopsis of Program
The City of Boynton Beach offers diverse internship opportunities to students and recent graduates from accredited academic institutions in an effort to provide them with valuable hands-on experience with which to parallel their academic studies. According to Dr. Stringer from the University of Northern Iowa: "the purpose of internships is to provide students with a transition from the traditional academic curriculum to a practical application of theories, concepts, knowledge, and skills in a professional setting" (Stringer, 2004). In this case, students will be exposed to projects in a municipal government setting. As they prepare to commence their future professional careers, it is our hope that this experience will provide them with the necessary tools to succeed in their professions while instilling in them a deeply rooted interest in pursuing careers in the public sector.
Student Eligibility and Requirements
The Gateway Program is extremely selective and only those with demonstrated potential to thrive in their chosen field of study get invited to embark on this project-intensive journey. Interns will work alongside Boynton Beach City professionals and will have many sources from which to draw information specific to their course of study while expanding their understanding of government.
Individuals applying to the Gateway Program must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, university or vocational/technical school, or must have graduated in the past two years from an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, university, or vocational/technical school.
The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for placement:
Graduate or Professional Students:
Proof of a 3.0 graduate program G.P.A.
Matriculation in a related field of study.
Be able and willing to work a minimum of 15 hours per week or as determined by the academic institution. Hours vary by office. Some assignments may be full-time (40 hours/week).
- Proof of a 2.5 undergraduate program G.P.A.
- Matriculation in a related field of study.
- Be able and willing to work a minimum of 15 hours per week or as determined by the academic institution. Hours vary by office. Some assignments may be full-time (40 hours/week).
The majority of internship opportunities will be unpaid unless otherwise specified. The City will gladly extend letters of recommendation to interns who demonstrate professionalism and proficiency throughout their assigned tasks. School credit will be attained only when approved by the academic institution. Interns must mention this intention on their applications to ensure timely consultation between Human Resources and the school.
Complete application packets must be submitted online to Human Resources. A complete application packet includes:
- Application for internship
- Current resume
- Letter of recommendation *preferred* (from faculty or staff at the academic institution)
- Personal statement (minimum of 350 words expanding on your career goals and what you hope to gain from this opportunity)
Intern Biweekly Reports
Throughout the duration of the program, interns will be expected to complete and turn in to Human Resources biweekly reports related to a specific period of time. The report is to be completed every other week and submitted via e-mail.
The following items will make up the report:
1. Biweekly Cover Sheet
2. Hours Log Sheet
3. Short answer essay which expands on the following:
- Projects you are currently involved in.
- Key-points you feel you have learned during this period.
- Anything else you may want to share.
While interns will have the occasion to interact with City of Boynton Beach Professionals, the opportunity to meet with Elected Officials may be arranged depending on the circumstances.
Terminations/Withdrawals from Placement
Interns are expected to act professionally and abide by the same rules and policies as our general employees. Violation(s) of policies and instances of unruly conduct will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination from opportunity.
Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities
Individuals seeking community service hours, volunteer opportunities, or those who do not meet the requirements set above should look into our Footprints on Boynton volunteer program.
To apply for an internship opportunity, please complete the online internship application. Please attach the required documents.
For more information, please contact the Human Resources and Risk Management Department at
"The Gateway Program: Getting Aspiring Talent Exposed to Success"