CHARLOTTE, NC -- During a city council budget adjustments meeting Wednesday, Councilman James Mitchell suggested adding paid interns to the FY2014 and FY2015 operating budget.
Mitchell said the cost to the city would range from $82,000 to $182,000, depending on whether the interns would be paid minimum wage or $10 per hour.
Mitchell and several other members suggested that interns would be helpful in dealing with constituent services, and would also relieve the workload on current city staffers.
A majority of council voted to have the city manager office research the idea. Council will hear the findings on May 29 and decide to put in the final budget.
"It's crazy", said Andy Dulin, Republican Councilman.
Several members, like Dulin, scoffed at the idea of paid interns, saying council members and staff can handle the workload without paid interns.
Many internships, in a variety of industries, are unpaid, but provide college credit to the student.