Intern Program Information for County Departments

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Internship Opportunities in Departments

County departments that have opportunities available for student interns should contact their designated Human Resources Analyst for more information. The assigned HR Analyst and department will discuss the department’s internship needs, such as:

  • Oversight and Management structure for internship program success
  • Number of hours worked
  • Number of available internships
  • Education requirements
  • Skills, training and other desired qualifications
  • Length of recruitment
  • Paid vs. Unpaid
  • Duties and responsibilities of the intern including any project timelines

The assigned HR Analyst and department will then discuss the department’s recruitment plan, such as:

  • Possible recruitment sources (schools, organizations, etc.)
  • Develop recruitment flyer and other means of advertising
  • Identify department contact
  • Recruitment process
  • Review of applications/resumes for interviews
  • Conduct intern interviews
  • Department makes offer to intern(s) to include start dates
  • Department conducts background check(s) as appropriate

HR can then guide the Department regarding:

  • Conducting orientation to include expectations and program policies/procedures
  • Feedback on the intern's performance, as needed

Departmental Benefits of Utilizing an Intern

County departments are able to:

  • Draw from a fresh and diverse talent pool that can provide new and innovative ideas.
  • Benefit from project assistance and provide training opportunities for supervisors and managers.
  • Provide an opportunity to evaluate a candidate’s potential for future employment.
  • Improve retention rates: employees who start as interns tend to stay with an organization longer than traditional hires.