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 communities to outstanding students interested in local government careers. Graduate programs often require an internship experience, and the Public Service Internship Program has helped many students meet this requirement.

Public Service Interns through IPS are not limited to students at the University of Tennessee and typically are selected from colleges and universities in Tennessee to work in local government in research and policy support. IPS provides consulting, training and research for industry, law enforcement, government leadership and local governments across the state, and public service 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 graduate students to local governments in Tennessee, and we emphasize competitive placement through a panel interview and structured learning objectives.

Graduate students are accepted from different cities and campuses from a wide variety of disciplines, 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 $10-$12 per hour, paid bi-weekly. The only benefits are a great experience.
Click HERE to view the IPS Public Service Internship Program announcement.

How To Apply

The Institute for Public Service at the University of Tennessee is currently accepting resumes and letters of interest from graduate students for the Public Service Internship Program. Click HERE to view the internship guide.