Intern Program

Since 1975, The Seasongood Good Government Foundation Internship Program, offers a select group of college juniors, seniors, and graduate students insights into the realities of the day-to-day operation of the government of the City of Cincinnati. Interns, working under the supervision of local government professionals, have a chance to contribute to the local government while they are learning about government.  In 2020, the trustees updated the Seasongood Good Government Internship Program to include all government organizations in the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky region. A revised application and reporting process was been implemented for 2022.

The goal of the Seasongood Foundation internship program is to support the development of emerging professionals who want to work in the public realm, and who understand and practice good government principles.

Deadline & Application

Organizations interested in the Seasongood Foundation internship program must apply by October 15th for consideration of support for the following year. Funding decisions will be announced in December for budgetary and staff planning purposes. Apply online.

Key Components of the experience include:

The Foundation has updated the program, process and timeline.  Here are the key components of the revised Seasongood Good Government Foundation Intern Program:

  • Experience is meaningful to the intern and useful to the employer
  • Time of service supports a meaningful experience; the typical number of internship hours could range from 150 to 300 hours
  • Most internships will take place during the summer or during at least one academic semester, but shorter timeframes could be appropriate if the professional experience is meaningful, and these requests are vetted by the Board
  • Connection to a Seasongood Foundation intern cohort is a critical component of the experience

Expectations for intern employers include:

  • Interns will be paid at least $12 per hour (provided by the Foundation grant); government organizations can increase this base pay at their discretion with their funds
  • Government organizations will collaborate with one another to share learnings and enhance the internship experience to ensure it is meaningful for both intern and employer
  • Government organizations will participate in events hosted by the Foundation such as the intern luncheon and an end of program social event
  • Government organizations will report back on their experience through a reporting process that will be co-created in partnership with the Foundation

Expectations for Student Interns

  • Intention around public service
  • College or University student- junior, senior, and/or graduate student
  • Above average academic record
  • Relevant extracurricular activities and/or work experience
  • Commitment for duration of the assignment
  • Share outcomes of their experience with the Foundation through a reporting process that will be co-created by the participating government organizations and the Foundation