City of San Carlos - Current Job Openings
Job Details

Position:Summer Intern (City Administration)
Position Code:PR-111
Division:City Manager
Compensation:$20.00 per hour
Temporary Position - no benefits
Job Status:Part Time, Hourly

Job Summary

The City of San Carlos

Two Part-Time Summer Interns (20 hours/week)

$20 per hour

(Temporary Positions – no benefits)

Job Description

The City of San Carlos has two rewarding part-time, 20 hours per week, non-benefited summer internship opportunities to begin in June 2014 and end in August 2014. The main function of the jobs is to perform municipal research and analytical work on an entry level professional basis. The intern will receive assignments from the City Manager’s Office, Administrative Services Department, City Clerk and other City departments as needed.

Each intern’s workload will be a balance of assisting in daily municipal operations and special projects. Duties may include, but are not limited to, analysis of the City’s General Plan and Climate Action Plan and scoping of potential projects, record management and research, evaluating and updating the City’s website and other special projects. The positions will serve as temporary staff members, and will receive overall work direction from the Assistant to the City Manager. The primary goal of the internship program is to provide college students or recent college graduates an opportunity to apply their academic training to and learn more about all of the various functions of municipal government. These paid internships provide hands-on experience in the daily operations of municipal government on all levels, thus enhancing the intern’s skills and résumé for a future career in government.


·       Minimum of two years study in public administration or a related field

·       Knowledge of principles and practices of organization and public administration

·       Interest in local government

·       Strong oral and written communication skills

·       Detail-oriented

·       Strong grammatical skills

·       Basic computer skills

·       Effective interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and the public

·       Applicable previous experience

·       Self-motivated

·       Reliable, punctual and honest

·       Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds

Ideal Candidate:
These are entry-level intern positions for current undergraduate/graduate college students or recent college graduates looking for a future career in the public administration field. The candidates must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision. Basic computer skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft software, including Word and Excel, are necessary. Knowledge of website development and maintenance is a plus.

Selection Process:
The Internship Program will run from June 2014 through August 2014. To apply, submit applications online at All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2014. Candidates are required to submit a copy of educational transcripts (official or unofficial) by email to: by the application deadline. Selected applicants will be contacted by April 15, 2014 to participate in an interview process to be held by April 30, 2014.

Supplemental Questions:
Clarity, conciseness, and completeness of responses are factors considered in the qualification screening process. Each of your responses will be evaluated and only those applicants who demonstrate the best potential in meeting the City’s needs will be given further consideration in the selection process.

1.     Why are you interested in being an intern for the City of San Carlos, and how will this experience benefit you in your long-term career goals?

2.    What do you perceive to be the most important issue facing local governments and the City of San Carlos?  Why?

3.     What special skills or talents can you contribute to the City of San Carlos?