Welcome, Erin. The answer is that it all depends. If you desire to manage a small town (<5k), an internship with a few rotations may be all you need. On the other hand, a larger city will probably want someone that has experience managing a department with a sizable budget. Generally speaking, the most marketable candidates have completed an internship that exposed them to multiple government departments, while also spending a few years gaining experience in one core area, such as finance, planning, or engineering. Joining ICMA and becoming involved in another professional association also serves to demonstrate your commitment to city management. By the way, I'm a native of Pinellas County and interned there awhile back. They used to have a great internship program (more like a fellowship, as it was a salaried position), but cut it when the recession hit. You may want to check with the County Manager and see if it's something they've considered bringing back.Best of luck! Feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions.