Student Resources

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.

Kathleen Mansfield City Management Scholarship

The Association will provide $1500.00 scholarships for two Missouri residents seeking a Master’s 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.

All applications will be reviewed by the MCMA Board or by such committee as may be selected by the Board. This committee will be responsible for selecting scholarship recipients and approving scholarship renewals.

Click here for more information on the Mansfield Scholarship


City of Columbia

Each spring, the City of Columbia selects one Management Intern to complete rotations in various City departments in order to gain experience in the field of local government management. The 3 month, paid summer internship position is open to current full-time graduate students pursuing a master's Degree in public affairs, public administration, or a closely related field. For more information view the City of Columbia Human Resources web page.

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. For more information view the Kansas City website.


ICMA provides a toolkit and other resources for students interested in pursuing internships and fellowships.
Internship Toolkit
Find Internships and Fellowships
ICMA Local Government Management Fellowship Program