Norfolk Emerging Leaders (NEL)

Norfolk Emerging Leaders (NEL)

Norfolk Emerging Leaders (NEL)

The City of Norfolk is excited to provide meaningful and educational employment opportunities to youth and young adults through the Norfolk Emerging Leaders (NEL) Program. The program is divided into two employment opportunities: Emerging Leaders and Municipal Interns.

Emerging Leaders

The Norfolk Emerging Leaders Program is designed to provide Norfolk youth between the ages of 16-21 with meaningful summer employment that develops job skills and knowledge in a rewarding work environment.  NEL participants have an opportunity to explore public service careers in local government through job assignments within City departments.  Participants gain valuable hands-on work experience and take part in work readiness and financial planning workshops to acquire essential employability skills necessary for success in future careers.  

2019 Participating City Departments include:

  • Nauticus
  • Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
  • Libraries
  • Information Technology/Voice Communication
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Health: Environmental Health
  • Public Works – Towing
  • City Planning Development Services
  • General Services – Fleet Management
  • Zoo
  • Communications
  • City Auditor’s Office
  • Community Service Board
  • Department of Utilities
  • Norfolk Fire-Rescue
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Norfolk Police Department
  • Animal Care Center
  • Parking

2022 Program Dates: June 2022 – August 2022

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

· U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.

· Must be between the ages of 16 and 21.

· A resident of Norfolk.

· Be currently enrolled in high school, vocational/trade school or an accredited college or university.

How to Apply

Online applications for the Norfolk Emerging Leaders position will be posted on the City's website.

· Applicants must complete an online application thoroughly and correctly.

· Applicants must attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher or academic professor.

· Must attach a copy of most recent report card or transcript from the current school year. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

· All participants 18 years of age or older are required to successfully complete a background check and drug screen.

Program Requirements

· Must commit to work 40 hours per week and be available to work the duration of the program.

· Must not miss more than three (3) workdays of the program. This includes missed workdays for other commitments to include but not be limited to summer school, athletic camps, practices, summer vacations or other employment.

· Must attend all mandatory program orientations, trainings, workshops, events, and activities.

Municipal Internship Program

The City of Norfolk Executive Internship Program is a ten-week program that provides work-based learning opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students with a desire to work in public service at the local level. The competitive internship program is designed to offer students the opportunity to gain practical work experience, develop a professional network, and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom. Interns are placed in a department that best fits their field of study and career interest.

The program allows students to make important contributions to the City through meaningful hands-on work assignments and projects. Interns are afforded professional development and networking opportunities through a variety of events and workshops that allow students to connect with various corporate interns and summer associates working in Norfolk. Interns gain insight into the functions, operations and public policies of municipal government that will better prepare them for a rewarding future career in local government

Online Application

Executive Internship Program

2019 Participating City Departments include:

  • Human Resources
  • City Manager’s Office
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Norfolk Police Department
  • City Planning
  • Public Works
  • Information Technology

2022 Program Dates: June 6, 2022 – August 12, 2022

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • US citizenship or legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • A desire to work in public service at the local level.
  • Currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an accredited educational institution (4-year college/university or community college) and be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must be a junior, senior, or graduate-level student at the time of application.
  • Community college students must have completed their first year (two semesters) at the time of application.
  • Students graduating before the start of the program (Spring 2022) are eligible to apply.
  • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be able to work 40 hours per week and available to work the duration of the internship period.

How to Apply

Online applications for the NEL Executive Intern position will be posted on the City's website and will be accepted through October 22, 2021.

  • Must attach a letter of recommendation from an academic professor.
  • Must attach a current resume.
  • Must attach a copy of the most recent transcript from the current school year. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • All participants 18 years of age or older must successfully complete a background check and drug screen.

Online Application