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Important Note: Applications are reviewed on an “as-needed” basis as departments submit requests. After six (6) months the application is inactivated; however, you may re-apply to the program. If additional information is required or your application is accepted into the program, you will receive an email. If you are interested in interning with a specific department, you may reach out to them directly.
The Student Intern classification is a County-wide classification. Duties are defined by the internship level and the various departments to which the students are assigned. Students can advance in both level and pay based on education and operational needs.
The Student Internship Program nurtures the educational and professional development of promising job candidates, which may lead to a longer retention of the individual as a County employee. A successful internship program enhances the County’s image among the student population, encouraging more students to apply in the future.
Student Intern, Level II is for Freshman or Sophomore year college students, community college students, or vocational school students who have completed high school. Interns at this level are closely supervised and work as assistants. Students are responsible for learning the Agency’s or Department’s policies, procedures, and methods of operations; collecting and tabulating data; and learning how to interpret such. In addition, Level II Student Interns are able to evaluate information gained in accordance with established policies and procedures and assist professional staff in ongoing project work.
- A copy of your unofficial transcript, official transcript, or a letter from your admissions office that displays your name, school information, declared major, grade point average, and total units/hours accumulated. Please Note: For verification purposes, we reserve the right to request official documentation.
- A current class schedule that includes your name, course dates (start/end date), and school information on it or a letter from the admissions office. This will fulfill proof of enrollment in high school, college, or proof of graduation within the last six months, from the date of graduation. This document is separate from the transcript.
You must submit all documents by uploading them as attachments to your job application. Applications without the required documentation will be rejected.
In order to qualify for the Student Intern classifications, a student must:
- Have a legal right to work in the United States;
- Be enrolled in an accredited institution or a school licensed by a state agency or have graduated from such an institution or school within the last six months;
- Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale;
- Submit a completed application for employment, unofficial transcript, and proof of enrollment or course schedule for the current school session.
- Prior to hiring a student or recent graduate into one of the intern classifications, departments need to verify both the student’s status with the school and enrollment in a defined program of study that is aligned with the intern position that the student will fill.
- Departmental use of these classifications will be subject to audit by ESA Human Resources to ensure that they are being used for the defined purposes of introducing the County to students as a potential employer and providing practical work experience to local students.
- The recent graduate category will be monitored to ensure that no one is working as an intern longer than six months following graduation.
- Hours per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) are limited to 1,040. Work can be performed full-time during the summer and/or part-time during the school year, with the proposed work schedule approved by the Agency.
- For non-521 Student Interns, each hour of work counts toward the non-521 extra help County-wide cap. For a Student Intern-521, each hour of work will be counted at half the rate of the County’s total 521 extra-help cap.
- High school students under 18 years of age must obtain a work permit prior to employment.
- Ability to travel to alternate locations in the course of work. If driving, possession of a valid California driver’s license prior to appointment, and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization.
- May be required to pass a background check.
- May be required to pass a physical exam.
- Common computer systems and applications.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, at all levels, including colleagues, the public, and other agencies;
- Understand, interpret and apply instructions, rules, and regulations;
- Carry out oral and written instructions;
- Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.