The city of Doral is in the process of launching an internship program with Florida International University for the summer semester.
Last month, the city council unanimously approved the item sponsored by Vice Mayor Sandra Ruiz. The program gives students the opportunity to intern in various departments at City Hall such as policy formulation, public safety, recreation and general government.
“I applaud the city of Doral for creating such an exciting professional development program for FIU students,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “The opportunity for these students to learn the elements of managing a municipal government will ensure a continuing pipeline of well-prepared students for our community.”
Students will be assigned to a department director at Doral City Hall and will attend municipal and leadership workshops focused on city needs. Students will also be given team projects by city officials.
“I truly believe that education is the key to success and students should be encouraged to reach academic excellence,” Ruiz said. “This internship program will allow FIU students to learn firsthand experience of what it takes to become a public servant.”
In a press release, city officials cite 2014 Survey of National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) statistics, indicating that students with internships have a much better opportunity for future employment.
Students can apply through the University’s Career Services department. The school will screen applicants and send their top choices to the city’s Human Resources department for further review.
Marco Giron, assistant to Vice Mayor Ruiz, said preference will be given to students who live in Doral. The executive internship program will be for class credit, and students will receive a stipend for gas and other costs.
Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami have similar internship programs.
For more information, call public information coordinator Maggie Santos at 305-593-6725.