Requirements and Job Description


Successful candidates for the Management Internship Position will have a Master of Public Administration (MPA) (or be a student who has completed all MPA coursework) or equivalent degree by July 1st and at least 6 months of related work experience. Applicable internships (paid or unpaid) will satisfy the experience requirement. The ideal candidate will have a general knowledge of municipal government operations and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and related applications.

Job Description

The Management Intern, under the direction of the Assistant City Manager, performs entry-level, professional work for the City Manager's Office and participates in and/or leads a variety of projects contributing to the continued success of various organization-wide initiatives. Duties and responsibilities are designed to further prepare the incumbent for a successful career in local government.

Routine Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform entry-level, professional administrative work, research, and analysis in support of the City Manager's Office and the Mayor and Council as directed.
  • Interact regularly with personnel from each department to ensure effective interdepartmental communication and maximize operational effectiveness.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries/requests and resolve all issues within assigned scope of responsibility in a timely manner. Refers more complex issues to the Assistant City Manager for resolution.
  • Assist with developing and implementing projects and/or programs impacting one or more City departments.
  • Facilitate program for Olathe District Schools third graders to learn about local government.
  • Act as Staff Advisor to the Olathe Teen Council.
  • Assist with Capital Improvement Plan budgetary process by inputting data, performing appropriate analysis, and preparing necessary reports.
  • Attend and participate in various organizational meetings and meetings of the City Council and Council sub-committees, as directed.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Periodic Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • May facilitate employee committees or ad hoc groups.


  • Ability to organize, direct, and coordinate projects and meetings
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently after receiving initial guidance
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public, elected officials, vendors, employees, and citizens


  • General knowledge of municipal governments, city regulations, codes, and ordinances
  • Proficiency with PCs and computer software/applications
  • General knowledge of office equipment, including photo copier, telephone, facsimile, calculator, shredder, etc.


  • Valid Driver's License (within 30 days of appointment)

Working Conditions

  • Long periods of computer and office work
  • Intermittent periods of standing and walking
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 20 pounds
  • Constant talking, hearing, concentration, judgment, and writing ability

*Note: This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Management Interns will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.