City of Canyon Lake Internship Program


Canyon Lake's Internship program was launched in Fall of 2020 with a group of four interns working in our Administration and Code Enforcement Departments. Since then, the City has offered this program during the Spring, Summer, and Fall of every year. Most interns are college students whose academic career and career interests involve working in municipal government.

Internship classes are for a period of 16 weeks, (8 weeks during the summer) where each intern will work on a variety of tasks that assist the city with current policies and projects. In addition to these tasks, interns will also work on a curriculum created by city staff that is aimed at fostering better knowledge and understanding of the role that city governments play in their communities.

The program culminates with interns presenting a policy/project proposal to city staff.

Interns are expected to work 10-12 hours a week for 10-12 weeks, and they must work two different days each week. Schedules can be flexible to accommodate class and work schedules.


How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter, writing sample, and city application to the Intern Coordinator, Mike Borja, at

When positions are available, they will be posted on out Job Opportunities page.


Testimonials from Past Interns




Internship Duties


  • Staff SupportInterns will serve as support staff for City Administration, Code Enforcement, and the City Hall front desk. This will include, but is not limited to, administrative support, clerical assistance, policy development, and interaction with the public. Interns will work in a variety of departments and capacities, which will allow them to gain broad experience in municipal government.
  • Special ProjectsIn conjunction with the City Manager, Management Analyst, City Clerk, and other administrative staff, interns will be asked to help with priority projects. These projects will cover a wide variety of city functions, such as economic development, public safety and public outreach. Interns are welcome and encouraged to share topics of interest and to work on those topics for the benefit of the City. Interns excelling in the program may be given the opportunity to draft a staff report and present the item at a City Council meeting

Public Safety

  • Staff SupportInterns will serve as support staff for Code Enforcement and the City Hall front desk. They will be expected to answer phone calls and schedule calls for service, as well as process special event permits. Interns will sometimes work in a department outside of Code Enforcement when other city departments need assistance. This position requires regular interaction with the public.
  • Special Projects Interns will assist Code Enforcement on special projects and assignments such as fire inspections, Residential Rental Program applications and inspections, and maintaining enforcement records.