The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
As a Director's Intern, you will focus mostly on a specific project or policy issue area that is in tune with your academic background or interests. Within that area, you may be asked to do research, attend hearings on the hill or events around DC, brief senior staff on topics such as pending legislation, best practices within cities, etc.
For the Conference's Annual Meeting in June, you will travel with USCM's staff to San Francisco, where you will play a central role in scripting remarks and producing plenary sessions. You will also be asked to write articles for our newspaper, US MAYOR, the official publication of the United States Conference of Mayors.
2015 Intern Reflection:
The United States Conference of Mayors is a must-get internship. As soon as I walked in the doors of the office, I was given responsibilities akin to those of existing staff members. The staff is friendly and willing to mentor new people in the office, and I’ve greatly benefitted from speaking with individuals in between assignments. We often go out for lunch, which has allowed me to both get an insider’s perspective on the organization and explore D.C.’s local food scene. It’s a fun, friendly atmosphere that is highly conducive to learning.
Much of the task work revolves around the USCM’s Annual Meeting, which took place in San Francisco this year. Before the meeting, I wrote and edited continuity (introductions for speakers and panelists); during the meeting, I worked with speaker staffs and tech crews; and after the meeting, I’ve worked on writing articles about the event for the organization’s newsletter. The work has put me into direct contact with President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and many of the mayors of our nation’s largest cities. Most tasks have included a lot of writing, and my work with the Harvard Political Review has helped with that, and while writing for a student publication was helpful for me, it isn’t mandatory.
Mark Bode '18
2014 Director's Intern Reflection:
From participating in a conference call with the White House discussing mayoral positions on the recent release of the EPA's new carbon standards to visiting the Saudi Embassy planning for mayors to attending a function in Saudi Arabia this December, every day is fast-paced and unique--and that doesn't even include the Conference itself! The Mayors held their Annual Meeting in Dallas this past June and my internship placed me in the center of everything. Working the conference from sunrise to sunset, I had the opportunity to help the President of the Conference prepare for his speeches and I constructed the continuity for the plenary sessions. Even more, I edited and distributed an education booklet to all of the mayors and I also helped construct a website for the newly launched Mayor's Professional Sports Alliance, which was released at the Annual Meeting.
As you can tell, there was never a dull moment during my internship, especially at the Conference. By providing a forum where mayors from cities across the nation can convene to share their best practices and ideas for improving areas from technology and transportation to climate change and entrepreneurship, the Conference placed me among the bipartisan leaders of our nation. I got to listen to, learn from, and meet some of the more personable and humble mayors from big cities and small cities alike. Throughout the summer, my supervisors provided me with an awesome work experience, always making sure that I was enjoying my work, while also valuing my input on their projects.
Kevin Hornbeck '16
2013 Director's Intern Reflection:
When I first arrived at the Conference, I started work right away formatting, drafting, and writing the continuity that planned out every minute of the annual meeting that was to take place in Las Vegas. I wrote the script that was used to introduce politicians like LA Mayor Garcetti, Mayor Menino, and Vice President Biden. I accompanied the staff to Las Vegas where I worked around the clock to revise the continuity to reflect last minute changes. Since the conference, I drafted several articles about the conference for the Conference newspaper, US MAYOR.
I truly appreciate the culture here at the Conference of Mayors. From my first day at the internship, the staff has been extremely kind and personal towards me, always asking how my day has been and how I was spending my time in D.C. My supervisors are especially thoughtful and I have found that even though I am only working as an intern, they take my inputs and suggestions seriously as if I were a peer.
Steven Lee ‘16