City Internship

The City Internship is a unique partnership between local government and higher education. The program creates a rewarding internship experience for students by offering a multi-faceted view of local government. Students will gain both a micro and macro perspective on the community. 

The program aims to challenge, inspire and empower students to engage in the community.  It will also provide the training, tools and models to create effective leaders now and in the future. 

This is also an opportunity to inspire young people to consider public-sector careers.


Structure: Students work directly with one of four aldermen from Bloomington City Council. Students will be assigned a project related to the comprehensive plan. While students will be individually responsible for project management, the group of City Interns will work collectively to make sure all projects are successful. There will be crossover between projects and opportunities. City Interns are encouraged to look for areas of overlap, collaboration, and conflict. City Interns attend City Council meetings and other community-focused events.

Positions Available: Up to four City Internships are available. All majors and all years are welcome to apply. Students interested in public administration, urban planning, or non-profit management should consider this opportunity. The City Internship is a great opportunity for students interested in public office now or in the future.


  • City Council meetings are held at City Hall at 109 E Olive St in Bloomington on the 2nd & 4th Monday evenings
  • On campus meetings will be held on Thursdays over the lunch hour with Professor Simeone
  • Meet with your designated alderman as jointly determined by your schedules
  • Additional meetings will be offered as opportunities arise

Compensation: This position is unpaid

Academic credit: The City Internship might be eligible for academic credit. Students should consult with their faculty advisor. Registering the internship for credit is the responsibility of the student.

To learn more: Visit with Deborah Halperin:, or Dr. James Simeone: