Public Service Internships


The Intern Experience

The intern experience helps introduce students to the opportunities and experiences available through local governments in Tennessee, and introduces employers to outstanding students interested in critical careers. Many programs often require an internship experience, and the IPS Internship Program has helped students move forward with successful careers.

Interns through IPS are not limited to students at the University of Tennessee and typically are selected from colleges and universities to work in operations, research and policy support with a focus on projects. IPS provides consulting, training and research for industry, law enforcement, government leadership and local governments across the state.

We are always looking for exceptional students and encourage women and persons of color to apply. View the summer 2024 guidelines, eligibility requirements and how to apply at the link below.

Public Service Internships

This program is open to seniors and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines, with a demonstrated interest in local government. Interns are placed primarily through the two IPS agencies that directly serve local governments in Tennessee – the County Technical Assistance Service and the Municipal Technical Advisory Service. The focus of this program is to introduce dedicated students to local governments in Tennessee, and we emphasize competitive placement through interviews and structured learning objectives.

Students are accepted from different cities and campuses and are assigned to offices near their home or campus for special projects and research. Internships are flexible but generally scheduled around a 20-hour workweek, with a stipend of $14 per hour, paid bi-weekly. Internships with a 40-hour workweek are often available during the summer semester.