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Mayor's Executive Leadership Program

The Miami-Dade County Executive Leadership Program offers juniors, seniors and graduate students in our colleges and universities the opportunity to meet the County’s leadership and get a first-hand look at County government. Through structured workshops and professional mentoring from senior management, students will learn county governance and will participate in well-planned and organized practical projects that match their educational objectives. The program’s ultimate goal is to prepare and develop a strong group of future leaders for our county’s municipal governments, but it will also better position students for future job opportunities. The program is offered in the spring and fall.

The Executive Leadership Program provides a 12-15 week internship opportunity for selected students. Students will need to dedicate 20-25 hours per week to the program and will be positioned under a Department Director or assignee. In addition, every week students will attend special sessions with the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and the county’s executive team who will explain how the various departments are managed at the County.

Another important layer of the program is for students to work on assigned team projects. With four to five students on each team, the students will work together to explore possibilities and propose solutions to County issues. Teams submit project recommendations at the end of the semester.

Workshop Topics

  • Policy Formulation
  • Public Safety
  • General Government
  • Transportation
  • Recreation and Culture
  • Neighborhood and Infrastructure
  • Health and Human Services
  • Economic Development

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the Executive Leadership Program, a student must be currently enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate at an accredited university and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Given the importance of security clearance, selected students will also have to undergo a basic pre-employment security background check and medical screening if required. The cost of this check will be covered by the county. It is important to note that this will be an important "plus" in students looking for future employment since potential employers will then know that the selected students have passed a security clearance program by an important government entity.

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