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A Student Internship with the County of Riverside can offer a unique, hands-on experience that can complement classroom knowledge and serve as a foundation to launch a successful public service career. Participants can gain real work experience by being responsible for projects in their area of interest while positively impacting the community and residents of the County.

  • The County offers a mixture of paid and unpaid internships depending on the position and budgetary constraints of each sponsoring department
  • All appointments are part-time hourly, and work at the discretion of the appointing authority

  • Unpaid Student Interns must either be high school students or currently enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral program at an accredited college or university or training program.
  • Paid Professional Student Interns must either be high school students or recently graduated (within 3 months) or currently enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral program at an accredited college or university in a program relevant to the specific internship. Some positions may require current enrollment in an accredited graduate school program. Recent undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to intern for up to one year from their graduation date.
  • Students must have and maintain a cumulative 2.5 minimum GPA to be eligible to be employed as a Student Intern.  Higher GPAs may be required by the hiring department.
  • Students must be legal permanent residents, U.S. Citizens, or Green Card Holders (permit to work). 
  • International students are eligible if an exception has been approved by the Human Resources Director in advance.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications above, students must meet additional required and desired qualifications depending on the nature of the internship assignment and needs of the assignment department.
  • Exceptions to the above student status requirements, and/or qualification requirements must be reviewed and approved by the Internship Team in advance.

Current Internship Opportunities

View the announcements on the Job Opportunities; and apply directly to open internships.

*Submit your resume to the "Student Internship with Various Departments" posting to be considered for additional internships that may open in the future.  Our team will continuously screen these resumes and contact potentially qualified candidates.

Behavioral Health Internships

If you are interested in completing an internship with the Behavioral Health Department, please visit their website at, click on the "volunteers" tab and select the program you are interested in for more information.

Internship Recruiter:

[email protected] 
Stay connected to learn about internships as soon as they are available!

40 departments and agencies

The County of Riverside is comprised of over 40 departments and agencies that can open an internship at any time for virtually any major.  Internships range from Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Engineering, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Digital Media, Human Resources, Public Policy, Marketing and more!  Below are some departments that have participated in the internship program:

Stay connected to learn about internships as soon as they are available!

Internship opportunities can be opened at any time for a variety of majors.  When a position becomes available, it is posted on Job Opportunities. Please visit the job board frequently for available opportunities, read the position very carefully, and, if you meet the minimum requirements, follow the application instructions to submit your resume.  

Tips for applying to an internship: 

Prepare a resume with updated contact information, work/internship/volunteer history, cumulative weighted GPA, degree program, expected graduation date, university attending, full- or part-time status in the current and/or upcoming term, and an objective stating that you are interested in an internship and in what areas. Don’t forget to attach an updated unofficial/official transcript to your application.