Students with an interest in government, public service, and politics and of all majors should consider an internship in the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office. This program is intended to be a semester long with mentorship and learning opportunities. Some of our special programs include Speaker Series, Walk In the Mayor’s Shoes for a day, and a student legislative day at the State Capitol.
This internship will focus on assisting the Director of Internal Communications in efforts to communicate with Salt Lake County employees. The intern will create and send weekly newsletters and announcements, manage meeting minutes, update web pages, and assist in communication efforts on employee initiatives.
The internship with the Salt Lake County government will focus primarily on supporting the members of the Mayor’s office and Community Engagement and Outreach team with a variety of projects and administrative goals. In addition to the county-level work, the internship will also expose interns to state and federal work. At the local level, the intern will represent Salt Lake County at various events. Other duties include managing data, contributing feedback provided by research, and other responsibilities as assigned.
Candidate will have an opportunity to learn skills from the different positions that are held by the Mayor’s Office for New Americans. A mentor will be assigned to guide and assist the intern’s development and growth.
Candidate will support the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office with government relations between federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Specific projects will include 1) Operation Rio Grande and legislative outreach that will support the funding of the operation and the planning for the opening of three homeless resource centers; 2) Legislative Planning – the County will develop its state legislative agenda. Intern will work with various county departments to coordinate various activities, support government relations efforts and participate in legislative meetings; and 3) Other Mayor’s Office Initiatives.
Candidate will have an opportunity to learn skills from the different positions that are held within the Mayor’s Office of Diversity Affairs. A mentor will be assigned to guide and assist the intern’s development and growth.
During my internship Patrick Reimherr, Senior Advisor and Government Relations Director, showed a great deal of trust in me. He allowed me to work with SLCo senior staff, Utah legislators, and prominent business leaders on a regular basis. I was tasked with supervising the tracking of important bills, coordinating our weekly legislative meetings, and drafting talking points for bill hearings that Patrick would testify at.
I was given the opportunity to personally petition Utah senators and representatives for their support of key SLCo bills, and worked with lobbyists to ensure that the bills would be pass into law. I am most proud of being able to assist with the passing of H.B.436: Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative. This bill will restructure the Utah homeless services system to ensure that the most vulnerable in our state are protected from poverty, crime, and corruption. If you want an internship that exposes you to the greatest and most talented minds in the state, gives you opportunities to grow, builds your network, and prepares you for your future goals, I highly recommend becoming a legislative intern for the Salt Lake County Mayor's Office. I want to thank Mayor McAdams, Patrick Reimherr, Kara Trevino, Shaleane Gee, and many others who made this internship the highlight of my undergraduate education -Zechariah Haws, Former
"My experience working under Beth Mitchell as part of the Salt Lake County’s Office of Innovation, Data, & Engagement has been an incredibly enriching experience. Beyond simply helping divisions improve their productivity and efficiency, I was afforded the opportunity to work with fantastic government professionals dedicated to bettering the lives of people throughout the County. It was fascinating and humbling to spend time learning the purposes and workflows of so many County divisions. From Code Enforcement to Addressing to Real Estate, I’m leaving my internship with a newfound appreciation for government employees.
Perhaps the most valuable takeaway from my internship, however, are the critical “soft-skills” that you simply can’t learn in university lectures or assignments. From day one, Beth gave me full responsibility for several meaningful projects and expected me to see them out to completion without overt supervision. These projects required ongoing multi-level project management and communication skills to a degree far beyond what had been asked of me throughout my four years as an undergrad. Furthermore, I had to learn how to innovate and motivate myself beyond a syllabus or rubric, both extremely valuable life skills that are imperative for any prospective employee in today’s job market. You can have all the degrees and credentials in the world, but without these skills, you simply won’t accomplish much with a team in the workplace.
Learning the ins and outs of how the County operates (i.e. how divisions are organized and interact with each other) was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the internship initially. Throughout my internship, I communicated and worked with members of literally every other division throughout the County (on their outcomes & indicators).
Overall, I deeply appreciated my time as an SLCo intern. I can honestly say that it has and will continue to be the catalyst for professional growth that I needed to be successful beyond the walls of a college classroom. I am incredibly grateful for my internship and look forward to contributing to its growth as a member of its community.” – David Figueroa