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Public Works Youth Internship Program

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Youth Interns wearing hard hatsSummary

The Franklin Public Works Youth Internship Program provides opportunities for engaged and enthusiastic high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 to work with Public Works Professionals at the City of Franklin.  The program is offered to students who live within Williamson County during the months of June and July and with pay of $14.00 per hour. Students selected for the program will work alongside staff in Franklin’s Parks, Street, Sanitation and Environmental Services, and Water Management Departments.

The program is intended to not only provide work experience to rising high school juniors and seniors but also helps City staff to provide valuable services to our community. 

To be eligible, the student must live within Williamson County and be at least 16 and no older than 18 as of May 31, 2020. The correct online application must be completed and submitted before an eligible applicant can be interviewed. 

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Internship Details

Students accepted for the program will work on a two-week rotation through each of the Public Works Departments.  Interns will be assigned a mentor that will remain as their contact throughout the program.  At the end of the rotations, City staff will work with the interns to identify the department with which they will spend their final week.

Public Works Service Departments

Public Works offers a wide array of career opportunities in our Parks, Water Management, Streets and Sanitation and Environmental Services departments.  Interns will have the opportunity to explore many of these professions in addition to learning new life skills such as interview preparation and mock interviews, resume building, customer service.

Parks Department

The City of Franklin Parks Department offers a variety of opportunities for our citizens to participate in events and sports, and to enjoy our facilities and programs throughout the City.  Interns will work with the Facilities, Athletics, Maintenance, Programming, Urban Forestry and Landscape divisions to support the Parks team in keeping our parks beautiful and working with the community in the various programs Franklin has to offer.

Street Department

Street Department Administration

Interns will work closely with several administrative staff members assisting in daily tasks such as data input, research, and preparing data for presentation to upper management and possibly members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  The intern will also perform standard office related tasks such as time keeping, filing, organizing, document creation, etc.

Street Department Inspections

The intern will shadow Road and Stormwater Inspectors during the performance of daily inspections. In doing so, interns will participate with surety Inspections, observe Infrastructure Inspections for storm lines, swales, sidewalks and rights-of-way.

Street Department Landscape Division

Work in the Landscape Division will include a variety of seasonal duties, which may include edging and trimming along City sidewalks and landscaped areas; spreading grass seed, fertilizers, and straw; spreading mulch, building flower beds, pruning trees and shrubbery; planting and maintaining flower beds and landscaped areas.

Water Management Department

Franklin’s Water Management Department has various divisions that range from sanitary sewer and water system maintenance to drinking water and clean water treatment.  Interns will experience a variety of activities that range from system repair to laboratory work and infrastructure planning.

Sanitation and Environmental Services

The Sanitation and Environmental Services Department provides weekly collection of municipal solid waste, curbside recycling and collection of other waste and recyclable materials.  Interns will be able to conduct ride-a-longs with route operators and assist administrative staff with customer service and data management tasks.

Program Schedule

The nine-week program is from June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.  Below are key regarding the program.

  • February 27, 2020:  Applications become available
  • Interviews and Hiring Notification: Date to be Determined
  • Work Dates: June 1 through July 31, 2020

Leadership Seminars

Leadership seminars will be a part of the interns’ weekly schedule on Friday mornings from 7a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The seminar will entail breakfast, debriefs, and a skills discussion with other City departments.  The tentative schedule is below.


Skill Discussion

Department Drop In

Week 1

Interpersonal skills (networking, customer service, giving/receiving feedback)

Administration and Law

Week 2

Goal setting

Building and Neighborhood Services

Week 3

Making and managing budgets

Finance Department

Week 4


Fire Department

Week 5

One-on-one with mentor – scheduled individually

Week 6

Microsoft Office/GIS

Information Technology

Week 7

Professional development after high school

Engineering and Planning Departments

Week 8

Resumes and interviews

Human Resources

Week 9

Presenting – your internship experiences

Communications Department



July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day. This is a paid holiday.

Vacation and Sick Days

It is acceptable for interns to be late or absent up to three times unless there is a preplanned or extenuating circumstance. If the intern is absent, they will not be paid. If the intern is absent or late more than three times, they will be considered for termination from the program.

Documentation Requirements

To prove age and residency, applicants must submit a clear photocopy of a Tennessee driver’s license, learner’s permit or Tennessee state identification card. Documentation must be provided at the time of interview. School identification cards will not be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What ages are eligible to participate in the program?
    • If you are 16, 17, or 18 years old on or before June 1, 2020 you are eligible.
    • If you are 15 on or after June 1st, 2020, you are not eligible.
    • If you turn 19 on or before June 1, 2020 you are not eligible.
  2. What is the difference between Franklin Public Works Youth Internship Program job posting and the other jobs posted on the City of Franklin’s website?
    • The Franklin Public Works Youth Internship Program has specific eligibility requirements that are not necessarily consistent with other job postings.
  3. Will my parent/guardian need to be present for the interview?
    • No
  4. If hired, where will I work?
    • Employees are assigned to work with one of the City of Franklin Public Works Departments on two-week rotations
  5. If hired, how many hours will I work?
    • Employees will work 40 hours per week from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm with up to a one-hour unpaid lunch. These times may vary depending on a specific work assignment and will be communicated to the interns, as necessary.There may be opportunity for overtime work, depending on assignment. Breakfast will be provided on Fridays during the leadership seminar.