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MCMA | Student Page

MCMA is strongly committed to the development and nurturing of future professional local government administrators who will work in cities and counties in our state. Providing and supporting educational and employment opportunities for this “next generation” is a priority for the Association. We encourage students across the state to get involved with MCMA activities, interact with our members, and take full advantage of networking opportunities.

Student Membership

Any student of public administration who subscribes to the purposes of this organization may hold Student Membership in the Association. Annual membership dues for student members are $10.00.


City of Columbia

Each spring, the City of Columbia selects one Management Intern to complete rotations in various City departmens in order to gain experience in the field of local government management. The three month, paid summer internship position is opent to current full-time graduate students pursuing a master's Degree in public affairs, public administration, or a closely related field.

Kansas City

The City Internship Program exposes college students to career opportunities in local government while allowing them to develop and strengthen professional skills in a work environment conducive to their education. City interns will gain valuable experience in a professional city government environment as they fulfill essential duties to maintain the City's level of services to residents.  These are volunteer internships where students work between 10 to 20 hours a week during the semester. Students are encouraged to earn credit for their internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

Maryland Heights

The City of Maryland Heights has several internships open for application for the summer months. More information here.


Contact the City Clerk's Office for information about internship opportunities at (314) 993-0444. More information here.

Creve Coeur

Contact the Human Resources office for information about internship opportunities at (314) 872-2511. More information here.


Kathleen Mansfield Scholarship for City Management
(Deadline May 31)

In the interest of promoting the City Management profession and to encourage educational pursuits leading to professional city management careers, the Missouri City / County Management Association (MCMA), has established an annual scholarship program for three deserving Missouri graduate students pursuing a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

The Association will provide $500.00 scholarships for three Missouri residents seeking a Masters of Public Administration (MPA degree to prepare for a career in City Management.  These scholarships are to be used for college expenses such as cost of tuition, fees, room and board, or books and supplies. Applicants will be notified by July 1.

Click Here to Download the Application Form

Rich Noll Memorial Scholarship

The Rich Noll Memorial Scholarship at the University of Missouri will be awarded to a second year Masters in Public Affairs student who has completed an internship in local government or has demonstrated a commitment to a career in local government. The recipient will receive a monetary award to offset tuition, plus the opportunity to attend the annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference expense free. The goal of the Truman School is to present the first scholarship award in the Spring of 2012.

Additional Resources

Student Information on Local Government Management Opportunities

“Preparing the Next Generation”  (ICMA Link)

Local Government Management: It’s the Career for You

Why Consider a Career in Local Government?

Employment Opportunities

ICMA Internship Toolkit for Students

Finding Internships from ICMA

39 Best Practices for Preparing the Next Generation

ICMA Job Center (Requires Registration)