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Take the Journey!

The City of Norfolk is excited to provide meaningful and educational employment opportunities to Norfolk young adults through the Norfolk Emerging Leaders (NEL) program. NEL participants not only gain valuable work experience, but take part in work readiness and financial planning workshops, network with city employees, and participate in question and answer sessions with Norfolk City Manager, Marcus D. Jones.

The program is divided into three core focuses: Emerging Leaders Program, Municipal Internship Program, and the Mentoring Program. All NEL positions are paid and full-time (40 hours / week).

Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program is open to Norfolk residents, ages 16 to 19. Positions are available in over 20 city departments. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:
  • Budget and Grants Assistants
  • Finance Assistants
  • Library Assistants
  • Office Assistants
  • Public Works Specialists
  • Recreation Assistants
  • Student Artists
  • Utility Technicians

Students are placed in departments based on their career interest.

Executive Internship Program
The Executive Internship Program is open to college or graduate students enrolled in accredited institutions. Career interest in government is preferred. Internship places students in various departments throughout the city where they will work on projects to directly address two major city priority areas: Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation and resume.

Mentoring Program

The purpose of the Mentoring Program is to give students an opportunity to work with experienced municipal employees with the goal of developing them for future employment. Interested participants from the Emerging Leaders and Internship programs will be partnered with city staff who will serve as mentors.

2014 Applications Now Available
Deadline to apply is March 15, 2014. Visit and apply today. For additional information, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space at 757-441-2400.

2014 Program Dates:
Executive Interns: June 9 - August 15, 2014
Emerging Leaders: June 30 - August 15, 2014

NEL Newsletters
View the weekly Emerging Leaders Newsletter.