Internship Program Student Information Guide

CITY OF KILGORE MISSION:

The City of Kilgore strives to create a better quality of life by protecting the health, safety and general welfare of its citizens.  Our City Staff pledges to provide:

  • A customer oriented attitude
  • Responsiveness to Issues
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Progressive Management 
  • Best practices for municipal services
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Managed growth
  • Diverse opportunities
  • Planning for the future             

WELCOME:

The City of Kilgore’s Student Internship Program offers an enormous range of challenging opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.  The City is working with area colleges and universities to ensure participation from a diverse group of students with varied interest, majors and backgrounds.

An internship provides eligible students with the opportunity to work in departments within the City organization.  Students are enabled to link theory with practice, gain real-world experience and develop specialized skills that cannot be taught in the classroom.  The program also provides opportunities for City employees to serve as mentors.


PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • Internships are eligible for college credit
  • Work locations and schedules vary by department
  • Duties vary by department
  • Student interns are supported by Intern Mentor and Internship Coordinator
  • Starting and ending dates based upon the needs of the department
  • Student must be enrolled in an accredited college or university
  • Have completed 2 years of program study (preferred)
  • Commit to the entire internship session
  • Possess a willingness to learn, positive attitude and self-motivation

INTERNSHIP BENEFITS:

  • Gain practical experience
  • Participate in a structured process that provides assistance with career development opportunities
  • Observe and experience professional behavior
  • Gain knowledge and skills from experienced staff
  • Test career choices
  • Become more familiar with specific work functions
  • Compare and use classroom lessons in real world setting
  • Receive a certificate at end of internship
  • Ability to list the City of Kilgore on a resume as a previous employer

As an intern, you can experience the special satisfaction that comes only from public service, and the special pride of having had City of Kilgore government as part of your professional training ground.  We look forward to your contributions to the City of Kilgore.


PROGRAM  OVERVIEW:

All interested students should review program materials, determine their eligibility to participate in the program, and select various departments of interest. 

Each student intern will be provided an Intern Mentor who will serve as the primary Mentor throughout the internship.  The Intern Mentor will provide continuous feedback to the student intern through monthly and end of internship evaluations.  Each student intern is asked to complete an evaluation format at the conclusion of the internship.  The student intern and the Intern Mentor (along with the academic advisor, if applicable) will establish learning objectives that will be achieved over the course of the internship.  The internship is the joint responsibility of the student intern, the Intern Mentor and the Internship Coordinator.

This  program is not an employment contract nor does it guarantee employment with the City of Kilgore upon completion of the program.  Internships can be discontinued at any time.  Student internships are a non-paid position.


APPLICATION PROCESS:

Student intern applications are accepted on a continuous basis.  Applications, resumes, and enrollment verification forms should be submitted to the Internship Coordinator and then will be forwarded to the department that has requested a student intern.  The City of Kilgore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


COLLEGE CREDIT:

Many colleges offer academic credit for internships.  Each intern is responsible for speaking to their college’s academic advisor or career placement office to determine credit eligibility and requirements.


INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES:

Student intern responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Be appropriately dressed for all assignments and conduct yourself in a professional manner.  Maintain professional relationships with department employees, customers, and citizens.
  • Create goals and objectives for your internship and familiarize yourself with the procedures/guidelines for the internship.
  • Communicate effectively with your assigned supervisors and be timely with all required written communications.
  • Assist staff and citizens with projects and assignments.  Prepare for and utilize meetings, conferences, and other opportunities of learning afforded in the department.
  • Be willing to offer new ideas. 
  • Show initiative and creativity.
  • Meet with the Internship Coordinator at the end of the internship to provide feedback.

INTERN MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Intern Mentor responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Schedule, oversee, mentor, and evaluate the student intern during the time period assigned.
  • Design a schedule which will incorporate essential and important tasks and responsibilities in order for the student intern to gain knowledge and skills to further their professional career.
  • Provide appropriate training in specific areas as determined by the job responsibilities.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to the student intern; listen and respond to any ideas, suggestions, problems, and concerns.
  • Provide written evaluation and a performance feedback session once a month and at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Communicate any concerns or specific suggestions for the student intern to the Internship Coordinator.
  • Assure that the internship is not displacing another employee.

EVALUATIONS:

Each student intern is asked to complete an evaluation at the end of the internship.  The evaluation will be used to improve and analyze the program.  Copies of the Internship Program Evaluation, Student Verification of Enrollment, Internship Agreement, and Student Intern Responsibilities forms can be found on the following pages.


QUESTIONS:

For more information about the program contact the Internship Coordinator at (903) 984-5081