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Government Affairs Intern

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What we offer

  • Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.
  • Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.

Agency Description

The Philadelphia airport is a dynamic place to work. It is the only major airport serving the 7th largest metropolitan area in the United States and is one of the busiest airports in the country. The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation oversees both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Airport (PNE), the city’s general aviation reliever airport. The airport system operates through the Aviation Fund, which is an enterprise fund of the City of Philadelphia and is completely self-sustaining using no local taxpayer dollars to operate. Learn more about the airport at

Our Mission: Proudly connecting Philadelphia with the world

Our Vision: World-class global gateway of choice

Our Values:  

    •    People First - Our employees, stakeholders and passengers

    •    Respect - To our customers and our environment

    •    Integrity - We hold ourselves responsible for what we do, say, and think

    •    Diversity – Purposefully Inclusive and accepting of all

    •    Excellence - We hold ourselves to the highest standards of service, innovation, and efficiency

Philadelphia Airport has won numerous awards for quality, diversity, and innovation:

  • 2022 Stevie Awards Silver Recognition for Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion
  • 2022 Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE-NEC) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
  • 2022 Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE-NEC) Honorable Mention, Airfield Project of the Year: Terminal D/E Apron Repairs
  • 2022 Airports Going Green (AGG) – Outstanding Sustainability Infrastructure Development Award for PHL Apron Project
  • 2022 Shaw Contract Certificate of Appreciation – Sustainability and Carpet Recycling Efforts
  • 2022 Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Philadelphia Chapter's Diversity Award – Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Leadership Roles for Women

Job Description

This is a tremendous opportunity to learn about airport/aviation policy as well as the inter-workings of city, state, and local government. This role would support the Government Affairs team at PHL. The individual, or individuals, would report directly to the Director of Government Affairs. The candidate must be available on site a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Essential Functions

1.           - Support the Director of Government Affairs by assisting in project management.

2.           - Assist in drafting legislative and policy related correspondence.

3.           - Assist the office by providing legislative and policy related research and updates.

4.           - Provide administrative related assistance including: filing, copying, and scheduling

 5.           - Other support where necessary.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Skills and Abilities:

  • STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS - As a part of this job this individual will need to communicate with the necessary internal and external parties.
  • - EXCELLENT WRITER - A candidate for this position must be a skilled writer and capable of assisting with a heavy workload.
  • - ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY - While this is a supervised position, the candidate should have the ability to work independently from time to time.


  • College Student Any year of college is okay.
  • Latest transcript required.
  • (1) Letter of recommendation.
  • Must pass and maintain SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) clearance.
  • *Must pass and maintain AOA (Airfield Operations Area) clearance for Operation positions.
  • Applicants aged 18 years and older must complete a medical assessment, including a drug test.

Additional information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a resume and One (1) letter of recommendation letter.

Salary Range: $17-$17.56 per hour

Join the City of Philadelphia team today and seize these incredible benefits designed to enhance your financial well-being and personal growth!

Effective May 22, 2023, vaccinations are no longer required for new employees that work in non-medical, non-emergency or patient facing positions with the City of Philadelphia. As a result, only employees in positions providing services that  are patient-facing medical care (ex: Nurses, doctors, emergency medical personnel), must be fully vaccinated.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to

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