Miami-Dade County Mayor's Office


Program Introduction

Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez, and Florida International University (FIU) President, Mark Rosenberg, today announced the launch of a unique internship program designed to prepare and develop South Florida’s most successful students to become future leaders of the Miami-Dade county community. The program will place students alongside top executives in the county’s organization, thereby providing students and excellent on-the-job training opportunity.

“Supporting higher-education is one of my administration’s top priorities, and I’m very pleased to begin this pilot program with Florida International University,” said Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor – Miami Dade County. “This program will position students for the top municipal jobs in our county, helping us to keep our most talented students from leaving to other areas of the country. We hope to expand the program to other South Florida universities in the near future,” he added.

Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University, stated: “We’re thrilled to begin such an important internship program with Miami-Dade County, and applaud Mayor Gimenez for his leadership and vision in helping to keep our best students in Miami. This program will give our top students an exceptional opportunity to learn directly from executives the best practices for managing large municipal organizations.”

Scheduled to begin in the Fall, 2012, the program will run for 15 weeks each semester, with students working 16 hours per week under the direct supervision of a department director. Included in their work schedule will be once per week morning presentations by Mayor Gimenez, the county’s Deputy Mayors, and the county’s top department directors. The program is expected to include 20 students per semester, making it one of the most extensive programs of its type in the country.

Structured to give students a first-hand look at municipal governance, the goal of the program is to develop a strong group of future leaders for the many opportunities that exist with Miami-Dade County as well as the county’s 36 municipalities. The program will require students to be either entering or in their last year of studies toward a bachelor’s degree, and to hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

The deadline for applications will be August 3, 2012. Students selected will be contacted by August 10, 2012. If you need additional information please contact Lee-Ann Dizon, of the Miami-Dade County Human Resources Department at 305-375-3379, or by e-mail at .