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
  • Public Health: Environmental Health
  • Public Works – Towing
  • Recreation, Parks & Open Space
  • City Planning Development Services
  • General Services – Fleet Management
  • Zoo
  • Marketing and Communications
  • City Auditor’s Office
  • Community Service Board
  • Department of Utilities
  • Norfolk Fire-Rescue
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Norfolk Police Department
  • Animal Care Center
  • Parking

2020 Program Dates: June 15, 2020 – August 14, 2020

Minimum Eligibility Requirements 

  • U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 21 as of June 15, 2020.
  • 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.

  • 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 between June 15th  and August 14th .
  • 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 Municipal Internship Program provides work-based learning opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students with a desire to work in public service at the local level.  The highly competitive ten-week program is designed to offer students a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience, apply academic knowledge, build a professional network and access to resources for professional development that will enhance the intern’s academic experience. 

Placement in various City departments allows students to make important contributions to the City through meaningful hands-on work assignments and projects that provide insight into the functions, operations and public policies of municipal government.  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. The program lays the foundation to encourage and prepare interns for possible careers in municipal government by obtaining a deeper understanding of the public sector and the rewarding career opportunities in local government.

2019 Participating City Departments include:

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

2020 Program Dates: June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020

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.

Must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited college or university.  Students graduating before the start of the program (Spring 2020) are eligible.

Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic standing as determined by the college or university.

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 Executive Intern position will be posted on the City's website from December 13, 2019 – February 16, 2020.

  • 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