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Code Enforcement Intern

This is a full-time, two-year paid position with benefits that combines classroom training with on-the-job experience to prepare individuals for Code Enforcement Inspector positions. The Intern Program Curriculum described under the minimum requirements below consists of approximately 31 college credits in the fields of English, social sciences, math, computers, architecture, and code enforcement.


Under the direction of the Code Enforcement Supervisor, the Code Enforcement Intern (CEI) performs code compliance inspections and conducts public information programs within a designated geographic area.

CEIs are required to successfully complete college-level coursework as defined in the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) Intern Program; classes are held during work hours and the tuition is paid by the city. Upon successful completion of the experience and educational requirements, the incumbent may be promoted to Residential or Commercial Code Enforcement Inspector with DNS.


  • Conduct surveys and inspections to identify building maintenance and other code violations. Research properties using the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Consolidated Court Automation Program (CCAP) case management system and the Land Management System (LMS).
  • Document and review code violations and graffiti complaints. Take digital photos and upload them to the computer system. Monitor and document follow-up actions.
  • Issue and enforce orders to correct violations related to building code maintenance. Report unsecured properties. Register properties pending foreclosure.

  • Satisfactorily handle complaints from tenants and property owners by phone, email, or in person.
  • Meet with residents, property owners, block clubs, and community groups to discuss initiatives to improve neighborhood conditions.

  • Prepare, organize, and maintain records of inspections and violations.
  • Issue pre-inspection letters and re-inspection fees.

  • Attend college-level classes at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) during day and or evening hours. 
  • Attend in-service and other training sessions as prescribed by DNS.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.


  • Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here

The Code Enforcement Intern must be willing and able to do the following:
  • Perform field work in all Milwaukee neighborhoods.
  • Perform interior and exterior inspections on properties.
  • Comply with the departmental dress code.
  • Climb ladders, stoop, and bend.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Participate in required classes virtually, in‑person, or via blended learning.


1.    At least 18 years of age by the application period closing date..
2.    Eligibility to enroll in the college-level courses included within the Intern Program Curriculum (e.g., English, social sciences, math, computers, architecture, and code enforcement) at time of appointment.
3.    Valid driver's license and a good driving record at time of application, throughout the selection process, and throughout employment. NOTES: 1) Driver’s license number must be listed on the application, and 2) Driving records will be checked during the selection process and prior to job offer.
4.    Availability of a properly insured automobile for use on the job at time of appointment and throughout employment (car allowance provided pursuant to Section 350-183 of the Milwaukee Code).


The current starting salary (Pay Range 3AN) is $32,460 annually, and the current resident incentive starting salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $33,434.

Upon successful completion of the CEI Program, incumbents may be promoted to Commercial Code Enforcement Inspector or Residential Code Enforcement Inspector (Pay Range 3LN), for which the current starting salary is $44,257, and the starting salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $45,585.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program. For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.