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15, 2012

Fernando Figueredo

Vanessa Santana-PeƱate

Jean-Paul Renaud

Miami-Dade County and Florida International University launch Executive Internship Program

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and Florida International University (FIU) President, Mark B. Rosenberg, today announced the launch of a unique internship program designed to prepare and develop some of South Florida's most successful students to become future leaders of the Miami-Dade County community.  The program will place students alongside top executives in the county's organization, thereby providing students an excellent on-the-job training opportunity.

"Supporting higher-education is one of my administration's top priorities, so I'm very pleased to launch this pilot program with Florida International University," said Mayor Gimenez. "This program will position students for the top municipal jobs in our county, helping us to keep our most talented students from leaving to other areas of the country. We hope to expand the program to other South Florida universities in the near future," he added.

Rosenberg stated: "We're thrilled to begin this important internship program with Miami-Dade County, and applaud Mayor Gimenez for providing opportunities so that many of our best and brightest pursue successful careers in South Florida.  This program illustrates FIU's commitment to expanding the learning process beyond the classroom, and gives students an exceptional opportunity to learn management best-practices directly from executives managing large municipal organizations."

Scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012, the program will run for 14 weeks each semester, with students working a minimum of 16 hours per week under the direct supervision of a department director.  Included in their work schedule will be once per week presentations by Mayor Gimenez, the county's deputy mayors, and the county's top department directors.  The program is expected to include 20 students per semester, making it one of the most extensive programs of its type in the country.

Structured to give students a first-hand look at municipal governance, the goal of the program is to develop a strong group of future leaders for the many opportunities that exist with Miami-Dade County as well as the county's 36 municipalities. The program will require students to be either entering or in their last year of studies toward a bachelor's degree, and to hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 

Students who wish to apply should go to where additional program information can be found. The deadline for applications is August 3, 2012.  Students selected for participation will be contacted by August 10, 2012.  For additional information, please contact Lee-Ann Dizon, of the Miami-Dade County Human Resources Department at 305-375-3379, or by e-mail at

About FIU
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools  offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine.

As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit